Derbyshire v Middlesex, Derby, 1st day

Madsen first to 1000-run mark

Vithushan Ehantharajah at Derby

August 20, 2013

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Derbyshire 279 for 6 (Madsen 105*, Slater 53) v Middlesex

Wayne Madsen helped form a second-wicket stand of 258, Yorkshire v Derbyshire, County Championship, Division One, Headingley, 1st day, April 29, 2013
Wayne Madsen became the first batsman to score 1000 runs in the Championship this season © Getty Images
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Derbyshire's captain, Wayne Madsen, became the first batsmen to 1000 Championship runs this season as he compiled a brilliant century at the County Ground. He also became the fourth batsmen to reach 1000 first-class runs when he passed 31, on one of the few days where the home crowd were spoilt for reasons to cheer.

Few would have expected Madsen to be the first to reach the landmark, as part of a newly promoted side tipped to go straight back down. Indeed, Derbyshire have been overly reliant on their captain's runs, most of which have been futile - most notably 141 in an innings-and-113 run loss to Yorkshire at Chesterfield.

But he followed that innings with 159 runs in the match against Sussex, steering his side to their first win of the season with an unbeaten 62 in their second-innings chase. Now, unbeaten on 105, he has the chance to effect similar success against Middlesex.

Bowling first is certainly in vogue, but the visitors' decision to start with the ball was peculiar given that there was a chance that they would be blessed with the return of Steven Finn, should he not be required for duty in the final Ashes Test at The Oval. When 91 runs were on the board after the first session, for the loss of just one wicket, Neil Dexter could be forgiven for feeling he had been duped by a track that promised more pace than it delivered.

He brought himself on in the 22nd over - the fifth of six bowlers to be used before lunch - by which time the sun had come out to provide Madsen with optimum conditions to achieve his four-figure feat. Coming to the crease at 37 for 1, he needed 49 for the honour, while Sam Robson, the front-runner for much of this season, could only watch as he was usurped.

'My primary role is to score runs'

  • On reaching 1,000 championship runs
  • Most people set targets as batters and the first thing you say is that a good season is getting to a thousand runs. That is something I reviewed halfway through because I was doing really nicely. I wanted to average 40 and get more than 1000. I'm delighted to have got there - hopefully I can get many more runs in contributing to us maybe staying up.
  • On getting there ahead of Sam Robson
  • I knew Sam was on 993 and the guys in the dressing room kept reminding me that it was a bit of a tussle, but if I bat first I've got a bit of a chance. We were going to have a bat anyway but fortunately they put us in and I was able to take the opportunity. I know he's having a fantastic season for them but it is an honour to get there first time.
  • Leading from the front as captain
  • My primary role in the team is to score runs - if I'm not scoring runs then I don't warrant a place. It's obviously important that I contribute with the bat foremost. From the captaincy side, if I can continue to contribute then it sets an example to the other players and hopefully the guys will follow.
  • Resetting his goals
  • I would like to think I could make 1400 and if I can get up to that then that will contribute to the team and we can be successful in a few of the games coming up.

Madsen looked in control, aside from a couple of occasions that had him wincing; an uppish flick off his legs that Adam Voges did well to get a hand to when on 61, and a rap to his box on 96 from Toby Roland-Jones. But an over later, he stepped down the crease to Tim Murtagh to bring up his century off his 208th ball with an immaculate shot through midwicket for four.

Young opening batsman Ben Slater, as he did in Hove, supported Madsen well with some crisp back foot punches, as Murtagh and Roland-Jones - in for Corey Collymore - struggled, initially, for an effective length on a flat, slowish pitch. Both performed better after lunch, as they restricted Derbyshire to just 15 from the first 10 overs of the afternoon session, before Murtagh took two wickets with the first new ball as the day drew to a close.

Slater looked compact and organised, with a high back-lift and an appreciation of his duty at the top of the order. His movement at the crease was minimal. His sole false stroke, a thick but safe edge past second slip, took him to a second Championship half century, before James Harris got a short ball to duck across Slater and take the edge.

Harris is the designated substitute if Finn makes the trip up the M1, and Middlesex certainly got value from him with 20 overs on the first day, as both he and Gareth Berg improved on the lengths of Murtagh and Roland-Jones. If he does make way, Harris can take solace from his work, particularly an aggressive seven-over spell in the afternoon that helped Middlesex wrestle back some initiative.

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Posted by Diddles1978 on (August 21, 2013, 9:53 GMT)

Wayne Madsen is a really underated county batsman, and doing a great job with a young Derbyshire team and I hope they stay up.

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