Luis Reece had a remarkable day for Derbyshire against Glamorgan, equalling the Derbyshire record of six successive fifties in first-class cricket on his way to scoring his third century of the summer against Glamorgan at Sophia Gardens.
Glamorgan’s decision to bowl first on a green wicket in Cardiff didn’t work in their favor, as Derbyshire settled in and ended the first day at 308 for 2.
Luis Reece, aged 33, played a central role throughout the day, scoring an unbeaten 139 in 96 overs. He established an 80-run partnership for the first wicket with Harry Came and then a massive 180-run partnership for the second wicket with Brooke Guest. Leus du Plooy joined Reece for the final 75 minutes of the day, contributing 22 not out to an unbroken third-wicket partnership of 48.
Luis Reece’s impressive form against Glamorgan continued, as he has now accumulated 471 first-class runs against them this summer. In a previous match in July, he scored 139 and an unbeaten 201, his highest score in first-class cricket, against Glamorgan. He also made 69 against them in a One-Day Cup clash in Derby last month. His streak of fifties started with a score of 54 against Durham in July and has continued with two centuries against Glamorgan, along with significant contributions against other teams.
In this latest innings, Reece reached his half-century off 74 balls and his century off 175 balls, hitting 16 fours and a six along the way. His opening partner, Harry Came, also looked comfortable but was eventually caught behind by Chris Cooke off the bowling of Zain-ul-Hassan in the 27th over. Brooke Guest, who was approaching his century, fell four runs short when he was trapped lbw by James Harris after 50 overs.
Glamorgan tried seven different bowlers throughout the day, but four of them conceded more than 50 runs, as Derbyshire asserted their dominance with the bat.