Durston ton as Derbys get on top

LV County Championship Division Two, Cardiff
Close of play, day one: Derbyshire 219-4
Glamorgan 1pt, Derbyshire 1pt
Match scorecard
Wes Durston
Wes Durston top scored for Derbyshire with 106 out of 219-4 in the day

Wes Durston hit his first Championship century for Derbyshire as the visitors had the better of a truncated first day against Glamorgan in Cardiff.

Durston dominated a third-wicket stand of 110 with Wayne Madsen (44).

He then went on to make a rapid 106 from 145 balls as Derbyshire reached 219-4, Dan Redfern ending unbeaten on a useful 48.

The four Derbyshire wickets were shared out, Jim Allenby's 1-25 proving the tidiest figures.

It was Allenby who finally got rid of Durston, whose only other first-class century was against Derbyshire for Somerset in 2005.

This match was designated a noon start, allowing the players an extra hour's recovery as both counties had been in Twenty20 action the night before, but less than an hour was possible before rain interrupted proceedings.

Glamorgan, who welcomed back England Lions seamer James Harris from a month out with a foot problem, had the best of that first 55 minutes, despite Derbyshire winning the toss and deciding to bat under overcast conditions.

But, having had ther visitors at 26-2, when the sun appeared after the 2.50 resumption, Durston took control.

He took a particular liking to Will Owen, who he hit for four fours in one over on his way to bringing up his fourth half-century of the season from 82 balls.

But, once he had got to three figures, he was out and, soon after Durston's dismissal, bad light then forced the rest of players off too, to bring the amount of overs lost in the day to the elements to 33.


BBC Wales cricket correspondent Edward Bevan:

"Whether it's been a surfeit of Twenty20 cricket or a month's break from the County Championship, Glamorgan's bowlers were not at their best.

"They began well enough, with the visitors 26-2, but then Wayne Madsen and Wes Durtson rescued their side.

"It was also a surprise on a slow pitch that Glamorgan opted to include four seamers and just the one spinner, Robert Croft being the bowler left out."