Great run for Madsen

2013-08-23 00:00

DERBYSHIRE skipper Wayne Madsen (29) became the first batsman to knock 1 000 Championship runs during the course of his unbeaten 138 in Derbyshire’s first innings against Middlesex.

Madsen, a former Kearsney pupil who played a handful of matches for the Dolphins, reached the milestone in compiling 105* on day one of the four-day match at Derby’s County Ground.

He also became the fourth batsman to reach 1 000 first class runs and his feats are all the more admirable considering he leads a newly promoted side, fancied by many to return to Division 2 at the end of the season.

For Madsen though, its the opportunity to play and score runs as he enjoys his fifth season with the club, having made his debut in July 2009.

“I had trials with Derby in the first half of that season and took the captaincy reins at the beginning of last season,” said Madsen. “It was a dream start for me as we won Division 2 of the County Championship and gained promotion.”

Realising his cricket career was not working out locally, Madsen approached Derbyshire, getting in touch with coach John Morris. “It all happened through Clive Rice and I have another two years of my contract after this season,” he said.

Batting at number three in the Championship this season, Madsen has led from the front with three centuries and seven half-centuries to date. He averages around 57, but many of his runs have been futile as the side have relied heavily on his contribution to stay in most matches.

“Learning to adapt to different pitches and conditions has been the key in my time at the club,” said Madsen.

“Here at Derby the pitches tend to often be seamer friendly with decent pace. I’ve learnt to be disciplined in constructing my innings, looking to cash in on the flatter wickets around the country.”

Looking back on his season, Madsen rates his 97 in the first innings of the match against Sussex — the match before this one against Middlesex — as his most significant contribution to Derbyshire’s cause.

“Obviously hundreds are always great, but looking at the context of a match, the 97 was key. It kept us in the game and set up our first win of the season,” he said. “In the second innings, I got 62 not out and was there to see us home.”

Although he is scoring runs and taking the game to the opposition when he can, Madsen’s main focus is keeping Derbyshire from the drop back to Division 2.

“As captain, you don’t want to be remembered for those things. It doesn’t matter how many runs I score, I don’t want to be in charge and recorded as being at the helm when we took the drop again,” said Madsen.

“Derby has become my home and we are settled here. My job is to score runs for the side, otherwise I don’t warrant a place. However, staying up is of paramount importance.”

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