Derbyshire v Sussex, Derby, 1st day May 15, 2013

Madsen defiant as Chanderpaul fails

Derbyshire 158 for 6 (Madsen 63, Magoffin 2-37) v Sussex

Derbyshire captain Wayne Madsen made a defiant half-century but late wickets put Sussex in charge after Shivnarine Chanderpaul went cheaply on his 300th first-class appearance.

Chanderpaul struggled for 87 minutes for 20 before he fell to Australian paceman Steve Magoffin, who took 2 for 37, and with Madsen falling for 63 just before stumps, Derbyshire were 158 for 6 at the end of a day when 40 overs were lost to the weather.

After so much rain overnight and during the morning, it was no surprise when Sussex captain Ed Joyce put Derbyshire in on a green pitch after Madsen lost the toss for the sixth time this season. There was bad news for the home side before a ball had been bowled, with key batsman Wes Durston ruled out with a back injury, while Magoffin returned to the Sussex side after missing the previous game with a sore knee.

The overcast conditions and the appearance of the pitch suggested it was a good toss to win but Sussex tended to bowl too short against a team that had lost three of their previous four Championship matches and were bottom of Division One.

Billy Godleman twice drove Anyon straight and through the covers for four and Chesney Hughes hooked him over square leg and into a communal garden but both openers also left the ball well until Hughes tried to drive Magoffin and edged high to third slip, where Joyce took a sharp catch above his head.

Madsen joined Godleman and they took the total to 71 before Godleman lost patience and chased a wide ball from Chris Jordan and Luke Wells at second slip made no mistake.

With Durston missing, even more rested on Chanderpaul who joined Madsen to take Derbyshire to 94 for 2 at tea but it was hard work against an attack which had found a more consistent line. After a brief stoppage for rain, Anyon had a loud appeal for a catch behind against Chanderpaul turned down and he star also played and missed several times at Magoffin.

But it was Magoffin who got the wicket Sussex most wanted when Chanderpaul drove tamely to substitute fielder Andy Miller at short extra-cover.

Dan Redfern took a painful blow in the box from Anyon and two balls later he was lbw playing across the line to leave his team in trouble on 128 for 4. It was important for Derbyshire that Madsen remained but he got a vicious lifter from Jordan and was caught behind after 196 minutes at the crease. Monty Panesar then trapped nightwatchman Ally Evans lbw with what was the last ball of a day that had swung Sussex's way.