Godleman puts Derbyshire in command

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Derbyshire captain Billy Godleman celebrated a personal milestone by batting his side into a strong position on the third morning of the Division Two match against Worcestershire at Derby today.

Godleman made the first double century of his career and the highest score by a Derbyshire player against Worcestershire, passing the unbeaten 200 by Thomas Worthington at Chesterfield in 1933.

He was finally out for 204 from 328 balls when he top-edged a pull to become Jack Shantry’s 250th first-class victim, ending a fourth wicket stand of 155 in 36 overs with New Zealand batsman Neil Broom who made 93.

It was the second time in a month Broom has been out in the nineties on this ground, but he has helped put Derbyshire in a potentially winning position at lunch on 467-5 although there are only five sessions left in the match.