County Championship: Footitt denies teenager debut century

Zak Chappell
Zak Chappell had previously made three limited-overs appearances for Leicestershire's first team
LV= County Championship Division Two, 3aaa County Ground (day one, close)
Leicestershire 329: Chappell 96, Ali 37, Taylor 37; Footitt 7-71
Derbyshire 54-0: Godleman 27no
Derbyshire 3pts, Leicestershire 3pts
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Championship debutant Zak Chappell shared the limelight with Derbyshire's Mark Footitt to steer Leicestershire to 329 all out on the opening day.

The visitors were reduced to 154-8 after a pre-lunch spell of 4-38 by left-arm paceman Footitt.

But 19-year-old Chappell, in at number 10, added 81 with Rob Taylor (37) and 94 with Ollie Freckingham (34 not out).

He was last to go for 96, bowled by Footitt, whose 7-71 was a career-best, and Derbyshire were 54-0 at stumps.

Falling just short
The 10th-wicket stand between Chappell and Freckingham was just two runs short of the county record against Worcestershire - 96 by Claude Henderson and Matthew Hoggard in 2011, and Martyn Gidley and John Maguire in 1991

There was a rain interruption after lunch in what is likely to be 29-year-old Footitt's final game for the county, having rejected a new contract, but his figures took his tally to 73 wickets for the season.

And having bowled Angus Robson and Dan Redfern during the morning, the latter with an absolute beauty which knocked out his off stump, he finally did the same to Chappell after he had hit a six and 12 fours in an impressively mature display.

The youngster had little time to reflect on what might have been as he was given the new ball for the second over, but could not achieve a breakthrough his side, ending the day with 0-19 as Billy Godleman made an unbeaten 27 to move past 1,000 runs for the season.

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