Yorkshire v Derbyshire, Headingley, 1st day April 29, 2013

Hughes' savage ton lifts Derbyshire

Les Smith at Headingley

Derbyshire 302 for 4 (Hughes 171, Madsen 93) v Yorkshire
Scorecard

In contrasting styles Chesney Hughes and Wayne Madsen combined to give Derbyshire the best of the day at Headingley. Hughes dominated with power to make his highest first-class score, while Madsen manipulated the ball with the wrists of the international hockey player he is, and together they put on 258 for the second wicket.

This after Andrew Gale had won the toss and, to no one's great surprise, put Derbyshire in to bat on a damp morning and a greenish pitch. Early morning rain and bad light delayed the start of play by 45 minutes, and the prospects for batting looked grim.

There was optimism among the crowd as Yorkshire returned home after a thrilling victory over Durham, whereas Derbyshire had drawn their opening fixture against Warwickshire and then lost to Middlesex But Madsen and Hughes spent most of the morning and all of the afternoon causing consternation among the locals in the stands and, at times, those on the field.

Hughes is just 22 but played with the authority of a more experienced cricketer. When signed by Derbyshire he became the third player from Anguilla to enter county cricket following Cardigan Connor and Omari Banks. A powerfully built left hander, Hughes plays very straight and is an excellent judge of when to leave the ball. He looks sound temperamentally, too. Approaching his fifth first-class century, rather than shrink into his shell he bludgeoned two big sixes although the shot of the day was an extra cover drive to the boundary off the first ball after tea.

Hughes and Madsen came together in the seventh over after Tim Bresnan, Yorkshire's most threatening bowler on the day, found the edge of Billy Godleman's bat and Joe Root, celebrating his selection as captain of the England Lions, took a sharp catch to his right at third slip.

For the next 70 overs almost nothing went right for Yorkshire. A strong westerly wind got to work on the ground, and on the poor souls in the eastern stand, and the green tinge on the pitch perceptibly faded. The second time Bresnan induced an edge, when Hughes was on 70, Jonny Bairstow was unable to cling on to a difficult chance behind the stumps just a few days after spilling a chance against Durham.

When Madsen was eventually caught seven short of a century off Steven Patterson there was a sense of surprise in the crowd, as if something inevitable had just been prevented. A few minutes earlier a cheery soul in the eastern stand had observed to his friend, "They've over 250 and we haven't even see Chanderpaul yet". He needn't have worried; Chanderpaul fell to Adil Rashid and Adam Lyth's second catch of the day after just ten balls.

There was one further cheap wicket when Liam Plunkett dismissed Wes Durston, but at the close Hughes was still standing tall - in every sense.

April 30, 10.15am: This story was corrected to amend Derbyshire's results

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  • Pettel on April 30, 2013, 8:04 GMT

    He's playing as an Englishman, Would he give up his County Contract to play Test cricket ?

  • PACERONE on April 30, 2013, 0:09 GMT

    I hope that WICB is watching the W.I batsmen who are playing in England and do not have any stupid rules in place stating that you have to play in the local games that the teams only score 158 average to be selected for W.I.Nash has not scored 50's in every game played and Hughes is showing that he can bat for a long time and score big runs.

  • on April 29, 2013, 21:08 GMT

    Congrats on the century and 150 Hughes keep batting

  • Pettel on April 29, 2013, 21:02 GMT

    More description ? factually correct would be a start, when did Derbyshire lose to Warwickshire ? The other week they couldn't tell Hughes from Whiteley !

  • StoneRose on April 29, 2013, 19:10 GMT

    Would like some more description in the report e.g. "Plunkett dismissed Wes Durston" - what position caught it, was it a difficult chance, bowler's wicket or batsman's fault, etc.

  • Pettel on April 30, 2013, 8:04 GMT

    He's playing as an Englishman, Would he give up his County Contract to play Test cricket ?

  • PACERONE on April 30, 2013, 0:09 GMT

    I hope that WICB is watching the W.I batsmen who are playing in England and do not have any stupid rules in place stating that you have to play in the local games that the teams only score 158 average to be selected for W.I.Nash has not scored 50's in every game played and Hughes is showing that he can bat for a long time and score big runs.

  • on April 29, 2013, 21:08 GMT

    Congrats on the century and 150 Hughes keep batting

  • Pettel on April 29, 2013, 21:02 GMT

    More description ? factually correct would be a start, when did Derbyshire lose to Warwickshire ? The other week they couldn't tell Hughes from Whiteley !

  • StoneRose on April 29, 2013, 19:10 GMT

    Would like some more description in the report e.g. "Plunkett dismissed Wes Durston" - what position caught it, was it a difficult chance, bowler's wicket or batsman's fault, etc.

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  • StoneRose on April 29, 2013, 19:10 GMT

    Would like some more description in the report e.g. "Plunkett dismissed Wes Durston" - what position caught it, was it a difficult chance, bowler's wicket or batsman's fault, etc.

  • Pettel on April 29, 2013, 21:02 GMT

    More description ? factually correct would be a start, when did Derbyshire lose to Warwickshire ? The other week they couldn't tell Hughes from Whiteley !

  • on April 29, 2013, 21:08 GMT

    Congrats on the century and 150 Hughes keep batting

  • PACERONE on April 30, 2013, 0:09 GMT

    I hope that WICB is watching the W.I batsmen who are playing in England and do not have any stupid rules in place stating that you have to play in the local games that the teams only score 158 average to be selected for W.I.Nash has not scored 50's in every game played and Hughes is showing that he can bat for a long time and score big runs.

  • Pettel on April 30, 2013, 8:04 GMT

    He's playing as an Englishman, Would he give up his County Contract to play Test cricket ?