Adams back to his swinging best
Derbyshire 306 for 6 (Chanderpaul 87, Madsen 74, Adams 3-57) v Nottinghamshire
Only 101 balls were possible as a series of squally storms swept across the East Midlands, with no play at all after an intense downpour soon after midday left the field so sodden that it took only a further light shower in mid-afternoon to render a long mopping-up operation pointless.
But it was time enough for a promising overnight position to be somewhat undermined from Derbyshire's viewpoint. They have a third batting point, which was perhaps not foreseen when Nottinghamshire invited them to bat on a green-tinged pitch with an expectancy of swing, but will feel that losing four wickets was wasteful.
On the other hand, with Andre Adams back in harness after his four-match injury absence, Nottinghamshire have an attack capable of testing most opponents and the difficulties Derbyshire might have anticipated on day one simply came 24 hours late.
Adams struck the most telling blows, removing both Wayne Madsen and Shivnarine Chanderpaul. It was their partnership for the third wicket that had given Derbyshire control on day one, when Adams and company failed to exploit the conditions to anything like the degree they had hoped for.
But, after some overnight reflection and with the confidence that physically he was in sound order again, Adams was back to his swinging best. Madsen struck his 10th boundary from Adams' first ball of the day but had added only three more singles when a classic, full-length late inswinger from pinned him in front. Chanderpaul, looking ill at ease compared with the first day, had already fished at a few balls outside off stump without a lot of foot movement when he jabbed at another and chopped on to his off stump.
Losing both in quick succession was certainly a blow, but the greater disappointment for Derbyshire was to then see Wes Durston and Ben Slater seen off easily, leaving the tail already exposed. Adams was not the architect this time but Harry Gurney, the left-armer who is developing into a bowler of pace and skill and who clearly benefited from a few well-chosen words of advice from Adams, who would often be alongside him as he walked back to his mark.
Gurney had been a little wayward at first, conceding four no balls and four byes in the space of three balls as he struggled for control but troubled Chanderpaul as readily as Adams once he began hitting the right length. He bowled Durston a little fortuitously, via an inside edge off a wide ball, but set a nice little trap for Slater by bringing mid-on up and the youngster obliged with a chip that Paul Franks caught low down.
"We set out to bowl with more discipline and the pitch behaved a bit differently from day one," Gurney commented afterwards. "There was a bit more in the pitch with the overnight moisture and we bowled better and with more intensity. Andre got the two 'in' batsmen and that allowed me at the other end to get some wickets too."
In view of the time lost, Derbyshire might opt to pull out overnight in the hope of advancing the game. If they decline that possibility, they will face the new ball, which Nottinghamshire have not yet taken.