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Derbyshire cricket: County boss wants more of the same

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 19, 2014

SAME AGAIN ... Graeme Welch

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MORE of the same will be the message ringing through the dressing room when Derbyshire host Glamorgan at the 3aaa County Ground tomorrow.

Graeme Welch has challenged his Derbyshire side to keep getting better after their second LV County Championship victory of the season earlier this week against Gloucestershire at Cheltenham.

Following on from the draw against Essex at Chesterfield, it was another good performance which, this time, ended with them winning by six wicket.

And those are good signs for the elite performance director.

"There are definite improvements," said Welch. "We have seen it last week against Essex and in the India game before that.

"It's good to see some people putting up their hands and getting us over the line. I said before we started our second innings (against Gloucestershire) that we would learn about people and we learned about their temperament.

"As a team, we have learned how to win, which is the main thing."

Shivnarine Chanderpaul struck the winning runs in an unbeaten 52 as Derbyshire chased 204 in their second innings, but the opening stand of 81 between Billy Godleman and Ben Slater was crucial in setting the tone.

"We were aware that the start was really important, not only for us to get some runs but to build a foundation where we didn't give Gloucestershire the feeling they had a chance to win," said Godleman.

"There was quite a bit of rough outside mine and Ben's off stump for the spinners but we both played in our own way. I was slightly more aggressive and down the wicket and Ben played slightly more within himself and from the wicket. It worked well."

Godleman's 54 was only his second half-century in the Championship for Derbyshire, 15 months after his 55 at Lord's.

"I'm just really pleased to be playing cricket for Derbyshire and to contribute to winning the game is why I get out of bed every morning, so I am very pleased," he added.

"It's good to win and also in the manner we did it. We would have taken winning by one wicket but to do it with a handful of wickets down and quite comfortably in the end was really pleasing."

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