BRISTOL, England, CMC – Leeward Islands Hurricanes opener Chesney Hughes missed out on his eighth first class hundred as Derbyshire turned in a strong batting performance on the opening day of their County Championship clash with Gloucestershire here Sunday.
The 25-year-old left-hander struck 96, a knock that helped the visitors rally to 444 all out by the end of their first innings on Monday’s second day at Nevil Road.
At the close, Gloucestershire were well placed on 110 for one with Chris Dent unbeaten on 61.
Opting to bat first on Sunday, Derbyshire flourished through a productive opening stand between Hughes and Ben Slater (42) as the pair put on 103.
Hughes, who featured for Hurricanes as recently as the Regional Super50 last January, struck 16 fours off 206 deliveries in just under 4-3/4 hours at the crease.
He added a further 71 for the third wicket with top-scorer Wayne Madsen who hit exactly 150 on Monday after resuming the day on 58.
Derbyshire, resuming from their overnight 242 for three, also benefitted from a knock of 53 from wicketkeeper Tom Poynton.