Leicestershire take the lead on day one against Derbyshire

Sam Evans faced 292 balls for 88 as Leicestershire gained the upper hand against Derbyshire. (Photo by Michael Steele / Getty Images)

Sam Evans faced 292 balls for 88 while Lewis Hill and George Rhodes also did half centuries as the visitors took advantage of flat ground.

Hill was undefeated on 86 of 124 balls and Rhodes scored 54 of 84 balls to bring Leicestershire to 282 for 3 at the end.

Lancashire loaner Ed Moulton claimed Evans’ wicket on his Derbyshire debut but it was tough for the home attack.

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With Colin Ackermann serving a one-game suspension due to a driving violation by Chris Wright in the previous game, Callum Parkinson was the team’s captain and chose to strike on a sunny morning.

His decision was justified because despite a green field, there was little for the bowlers who only took one wicket in each of the first two sessions.

Evans set the tone for a patient approach taking 174 balls to reach 50, but it got Leicestershire to continue and have a substantial first innings total.

Derbyshire at least stayed the course with leg spinner Matt Critchley the attack pick and Leicestershire’s first strike point only came in the 72nd.

Ben Aitchison twice saw the edges drop just short of the slips but Leicestershire passed 50 before Hasan Azad moved up to second where Wayne Madsen marked his return of almost three months with a hamstring injury taking capturing.

Evans and Rhodes added 75 in 31 overs before Rhodes aimed for a slog-sweep at Critchley and was bowled over when the chance for a big score presented itself.

It was Derbyshire’s last win for 44 overs as Evans and Hill increased the tempo to take the score well beyond 200 after tea.

Evans combined vigilant defense with precise placement on both sides of the wicket, but got two repeats on successive passes from Anuj Dal.

Either way, Madsen’s generally sure hands failed to hang when Evans was at 85 and 86, but he failed to take advantage of it as Moulton struck late.

Evans took the lead in Brooke Guest’s gloves as he pushed forward, but with Hill undefeated in the end, it was truly Leicestershire day.

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