Cricket: O'Gorman in form

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A DAY which began in a rush evolved as one of rewarding diligence by Derbyshire, who had enough respect for Lancashire's bowling on this Stanley Park pitch to keep some of their more aggressive instincts in check but prospered nevertheless.

At times one sensed that a decent-sized holiday crowd might have liked things to happen more quickly but a Lancashire attack rotated thoughtfully by Mike Watkinson always demanded concentration.

Watkinson manfully shouldered a large part of the burden himself. He delivered 38 overs of off-breaks with respectable economy, sometimes causing surprise with a ball that bounced or turned, hinting at what may be to come after a couple of days' wear.

The captain had the support of willing troops but with no small help from a fast outfield Derbyshire prevailed.

Kim Barnett won the toss and, in the absence of the injured Peter Bowler, opened with the all-rounder Dominic Cork. The combination scored 36 runs in seven overs, not untypical of Derbyshire starts, before Watkinson's first ball removed Cork.

Chris Adams perished in the next over, which encouraged the home side, but Adams's departure ushered in Tim O'Gorman, who helped the admirable Barnett set Derbyshire back on course in a 119-run partnership for the third wicket and thereafter assumed the key role.

A chanceless five-hour century, stretched to 140 not out by the close, extended a purple patch for O'Gorman, who has accumulated more than 600 runs in 10 visits to the crease, including three hundreds, since he was recalled in emergency from a second XI game here in May.