Northamptonshire’s bowlers enjoyed a good work-out on the first day of their practice match against Derbyshire at North Stars Cricket Club.
By stumps Northants had picked up nine wickets as Derbyshire closed on 313-9.
Stephen Peters won the toss and elected to field on a warm, cloudy morning. Billy Godleman and Paul Borrington put on 34 for the first wicket until Lee Daggett made the breakthrough in the 14th over, having Borrington caught behind by Ben Duckett.
The ‘keeper claimed his second catch shortly afterwards as Olly Stone found the edge of Wes Durston’s bat to reduce the score to 47-2.
Godleman, playing his first game in Derbyshire colours after moving from Essex, went after lunch for 37, also falling to Daggett.
Con de Lange and Matthew Spriegel each claimed their first wickets of the tour but at the other end Chesney Hughes was in sublime form.
The left-hander, who has been for the Leeward Islands during the winter, strode to his century with 18 fours and a six before retiring out on 109.
Dan Redfern made a useful unbeaten 66 but further wickets for Daggett and Spriegel, plus a first of the day for David Willey, left honours even at stumps.
Northants batsmen will have the opportunity to spend some time in the middle when the match resumes on Day Two.
North Stars CC
Derbyshire 313-9 (90 overs) C Hughes 109, Redfern 66no
David Willey 16-2-43-1
Luke Evans 15-2-59-0
Lee Daggett 16-7-35-3
Oliver Stone 10-3-21-1
James Middlebrook 17-3-71-0
Con de Lange 9-0-47-1
Matthew Spriegel 8-0-22-2
Match report by Dave Bracegirdle