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Luis Reece and Harry Came set new Derbyshire record opening stand to earn Glamorgan draw

28 Jul 2023 3 minute read
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Luis Reece and Harry Came wrote themselves into the Derbyshire record books with an unbroken 360-run opening stand to secure a draw against Glamorgan in the LV= Insurance County Championship match at Derby.

Reece made 201 from 338 balls while Came also recorded his career-best, scoring 141 off 336, as they batted through the fourth day to help Derbyshire firmly shut the door on Glamorgan, the hosts closing 157 runs ahead having begun the day 125 behind.

Glamorgan used nine bowlers without success on a day of fruitless toil for the promotion hopefuls who took 13 points while Derbyshire finished with nine.

The visitors started the final morning still in with a chance of forcing victory and overcast conditions at least gave their bowlers some encouragement.

But the pitch was certainly offering little and it soon became clear that another high-scoring Derby draw was the most likely outcome.

Outside edge

Timm van der Gugten did find the outside edge in his opening spell but few balls beat the bat as Reece and Came played with the same discipline and concentration that had been a feature of their first-innings partnership of 165.

The hundred came up in the sixth over of the morning and represented a significant milestone as it was only the third time in Derbyshire’s history that there had been two century opening stands in a match.

Glamorgan skipper David Lloyd, who will be playing his cricket at Derby next season, used five bowlers in the session to try and breakthrough but to no avail.

Reece completed his second hundred of the game from 177 balls and became only the 20th player to achieve the feat for Derbyshire in the Championship.

Mitchell Swepson thought he had got Reece with the last ball of the morning which struck him in front as he played back but the appeal was turned down as Derbyshire went to lunch only 18 behind.

The 200 stand came up in the 68th over and Came went to his second Championship century of the season when he hit Kiran Carlson’s off-spin over mid on for his 12th four.

By tea, Derbyshire were 94 ahead and the only question was if Reece and Came could break the county’s record opening stand of 333 set by Reece and Billy Godleman against Northants in 2017.

Glamorgan came out for the final session with Colin Ingram replacing Chris Cooke behind the stumps and Sam Northeast opening with his occasional off-spin.

The milestone was broken when Reece drove Billy Root for a single and he reached his double hundred by cutting Zain-ul-Hassan for his 20th four just before the teams shook hands at 16.40.

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