Harry Brook praised Derbyshire’s Wayne Madsen for his fortitude at the crease amidst a hand injury, the veteran batter holding up Yorkshire’s victory bid on day two.

Madsen came to the crease at 15-2 this afternoon in reply to Yorkshire’s first-innings 450-5 declared.

He lost Luis Reece quickly, but shared an unbroken 167 for the fourth wicket with wicketkeeper Brooke Guest to recover Derbyshire’s position to 190-3 at close. 

Forty-year-old Madsen finished on 88 not out and Guest 74 unbeaten. 

Madsen injured his right hand whilst trying to take a slip catch yesterday and has had stitches. 

There was some doubt over whether he would bat today and even talk of him seeing a plastic surgeon to assess the damage. 

Wayne Madsen

Picture by Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com. Injured Wayne Madsen held Yorkshire up today. 

“I think we bowled really well at the start with the new ball,” said day two centurion Brook. 

“Coady and Fish were phenomenal in the first spell. Then their two batters have batted really well.

“We’ve chucked almost everything at them on a fairly docile pitch. 

“Madsen, to come out after snapping or cracking his webbing with stitches in, to bat like he did, you can only respect that.”

Brook finished on 126 not out – his second century of the season in his fourth appearance in the Vitality County Championship.

Asked how he has been feeling at the crease, the England star added: “I didn’t feel great (at the crease) last week. I felt a little bit better this week. There are a few bits and bobs I want to get better at, but it’s just about doing it for longer periods.”

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