Both teams went into this match knowing that the result was likely to have a crucial bearing on the eventual outcome of the promotion race from this division.
Derbyshire won the toss and chose to field first on a pitch which looked likely to favour batting. The Yorkshire batsmen made good use of the favourable conditions as they went to 123 for two before lunch on the first day.The clouds were building up, so that there was only time for one ball after the interval, edged for four by Lyth, before rain prevented any further play that day.
Lyth was out for 93 next morning when he drove a wide half-volley from Ross Whiteley into cover’s hands. Once again Gary Ballance showed Derbyshire what a fine talent they had missed when he was allowed to leave for his adopted county: he played freely before he edged Tim Groenewald to the wicket-keeper for 79.
McGrath, who was only playing because two of Yorkshire’s young batsmen were on international duty, started slowly, but accelerated in an effort to gain a fifth batting point for his team.
Together with Hodd, on loan from Sussex as the stand-in wicket-keeper, they reached their target in the last available over, whereas Derbyshire had taken only five wickets, thus gaining only a single bowling bonus point. McGrath reached his hundred from183 balls.
Wes Durston came on to bowl his off-spin at this point and, as Yorkshire aimed to score quick runs before declaring, he took four wickets in nine balls to record his first-ever first-class five-wicket haul.
After Yorkshire were bowled out for 420, Derbyshire were left with eleven overs batting before the close on the second day.
Wayne Madsen and Matt Lineker seemed to have done their job well in keeping out the England fast-bowling pairing of Bresnan and Sidebottom, but they were frustrated when Madsen was lbw from the seventh ball of the final over of the day – Bresnan had bowled a No ball and thus earned himself that extra fateful ball.
Things did not go well on the third morning as three more wickets fell to reduce Derbyshire to 42 for four before Ross Whiteley joined Durston in a thirty-over partnership of 112 for the fifth wicket. Durston was bowled for a fine 84 by a ball which turned from the rough and Whiteley followed soon afterwards for a disciplined 35 (120 balls).
At 174 for six Derbyshire needed to work hard if they were to avoid the possibility of following on, and David Wainwright, playing against his old county battled hard while Tom Poynton showed some of the flair which he has shown in the second XI as they added a further 51 together. Poynton was adjudged lbw and another wicket fell in the following over, so Derbyshire found themselves in the precarious position of 233 for eight overnight, still 38 short of the follow-on target.
On the last morning Derbyshire, in particular Groenewald, batted with aggression so that the job seemed to have been done, but Wainwright was undone by a fine throw as he went for a second run from the stroke which had brought him his excellent fifty from 104 balls. Mark Turner hit two well-timed powerful fours off Sidebottom, bowling the first over with the new ball, but Groenewald fell in the next over from Bresnan.
Judging from the Yorkshire team’s reaction, it seemed as though they believed that being able to enforce the follow-on had ensured them victory.
Certainly Derbyshire did not start well as they lost their openers in the first six overs. This brought together Usman Khawaja and Durston and they were made to work hard against a strong attack, but they resisted everything that was bowled at them for thirty overs before Durston was lbw to Patterson.
Dan Redfern followed soon afterwards and the situation again was tense. Once again Whiteley played an uncharacteristically defensive role as he stayed with Khawaja for another twenty-nine overs: although he made only seventeen runs, the time he spent at the wicket (90 balls) was invaluable.
Khawaja will have been disappointed not to have made more runs in his previous few first-class innings this season, but he more than made up for any shortcomings with this fine, calm resistance: his hundred (189 balls), reached with a towering six over long-on, was his second for Derbyshire and the tenth of his career.
Whiteley hit an awkward catch to short extra-cover and, after only two overs of the last hour had been bowled, Yorkshire decided that Derbyshire had done enough to earn a draw, and the teams shook hands.
It is great credit to Derbyshire that they have once again recovered from a position where they opponents might well have expected to win: it shows that this is a team with some character, well-deserving of plenty of support during the last few weeks of the season.
They have a game in hand over all other teams in the Second Division, although their lead has been reduced to eleven points over second-placed Hampshire who beat Northamptonshire, Derbyshire’s next opponents in a match starting on Tuesday next.
Yorkshire 420 (113.4 overs) (A McGrath 104, A Lyth 93, GS Balance 79, AJ Hodd 58, AW Gale 47; WJ Durston 5 for 34, RA Whiteley 2 for 40, TD Groenewald 2 for 93)
Derbyshire 268 (90.3 overs) (WJ Durston 84, DJ Wainwright 60, RA Whiteley 35, T Poynton 25, TD Groenewald 21; R Sidebottom 3 for 38, A Rafiq 2 for 42, TT Bresnan 2 for 78) and 190 for 5 (72 overs) (UT Khawaja 110*, WJ Durston 39; TT Bresnan 2 for 55)
Derbyshire (6 points) drew with Yorkshire (11 points)
Derbyshire made the long pilgrimage to Canterbury for their return match with Kent in this competition.
Wayne Madsen won the toss and invited Kent to bat first. Things were looking good when opening bowlers, Tim Groenewald and Mark Turner, dismissed two of the hosts’ most prolific run-makers, Key and Northeast, for a duck apiece.
Stevens joined Sam Billings and together they added 85 for the third wicket: Alex Hughes bowled Stevens and two more wickets fell quickly to Peter Burgoyne who was playing his first first-team competitive match of the season. Mahmood was caught in remarkable fashion by Dan Redfern who, having misjudgd the flight of the ball, dived and clasped it with both hands just inside the mid-wicket boundary.
Kent’s score was 123 for five, and Derbyshire seemed well-placed, but Jones and Billings battled well until they found themselves in a position from which they could accelerate. Billings was in especially good touch, and he reached his first one-day century from 97 balls. During the four-over batting Powerplay, taken during the 36th to 39th overs, this pair added 51 runs, Billings hitting 38 of them from the fourteen balls he faced. He had played an outstanding innings, finishing with 143 from 113 balls.
So Derbyshire were faced with a much stiffer target than they might have expected, and they found the early overs difficult to get away.
Davies bowled his eight overs straight through and he finished with three for 25. The required run-rate went up with virtually every over, so the task soon became out of reach. Stevens also bowled very economically, and he had one golden spell when he took five wickets for only seven runs in nineteen balls.
Madsen had done his best to keep things moving, but his efforts were to prove in vain. Burgoyne played a few bold shots and shared a last wicket stand 28 with Turner, before Turner was last out to leave Kent victors by an all-too-comfortable 111 runs.
Derbyshire have one more match in this competition – against Northamptonshire at Derby on Bank Holiday Monday, 27th August.
Kent 248 for 6 (40 overs) (SW Billings 143, GO Jones 41*, DI Stevens 40; PI Burgoyne 2 for 32, ML Turner 2 for 74)
Derbyshire 137 (WL Madsen 31, CF Hughes 25, PI Burgoyne 24*; DI Stevens 5 for 36, M Davies 3 for 25)
Kent (2 points) beat Derbyshire by 111 runs
By John Brown
The South African tourists visited the County ground for a two-day match which was used primarily as practice for the visitors between Test matches. Both teams agreed to play fifteen-a-side, with only eleven able to bat or field. It was agreed that South Africa should bat first and they took full advantage of some excellent batting conditions on one of the hottest days of the year.
Although the South Africans lost Rudolph in Alasdair Evans’ second over, they lost only two more wickets before the declaration came twenty minutes after the tea interval. Ross Whiteley produced a rare nigh-unplayable ball to bowl the in-form Amla, thus achieving something which had defeated England’s bowlers in two Test matches.
De Villiers played freely against a second-string Derbyshire attack and he hit sixteen fours and two sixes in his 96-ball innings before he retired on 97. Duminy had had to work harder for his runs (69 from 129 balls) before he was dismissed by David Wainwright from the sharpest of return catches.
Du Plessis and AlbieMorkel added an unbroken 123 for the fifth wicket in little over an hour before the declaration after just seventy overs batting.
Derbyshire were left with twenty-two overs batting before the close and they saw the day out for the loss of only one wicket. Wayne Madsen and Usman Khawaja added an unflustered 57 for the second wicket before they both fell in quick succession.
Dan Redfern looked in good touch until he edged a catch to slip: after this all the batsmen, with the exception of Whiteley, struggled against the pace of Tsotsobe and the leg-spin of Tahir. Whiteley was making a welcome return to form following injury and he hit three sixes and six fours in his 63-ball innings.
Although Derbyshire were still 191 behind at the lunch interval, they declared, thus allowing South Africa another three hours of batting practice.
They sent in their lower-order batsmen for the most part, and these players found the pace of Mark Footitt rather more than they could handle.
Footitt took the first four wickets to fall when the score had reached only 38. Tim Groenewald and Jon Clare took a wicket each to reduce the tourists to 68 for six, after which Philander and Steyn played their shots to add a quick 74 in twelve overs.
By now the cricket had become fairly meaningless and it came as little surprise when South Africa declared at the earliest possible opportunity to leave the match in the most predictable of draws.
South Africa 365 for 4dec(70 overs) (AB de Villiers 97, JP Duminy 69, F du Plessis 68*, JA Morkel 49*, HM Amla 42) and 168 for 7 dec (40 overs) (VD Philander 68*, DW Steyn 34, T Tsolekile 26; MHA Footitt 4 for 38)
Derbyshire 174 for 9 dec (49 overs) (RA Whiteley 51*, UT Khawaja 37, WL Madsen 29, DJ Redfern 20; LL Tsotsobe 4 for 45, VD Philander 2 for 31, I Tahir 2 for 35)
By John Brown
On a rare warm sunny evening Derbyshire won the toss and asked Sussex, previously unbeaten in this competition in 2012, to bat first.
After eight Powerplay overs the visitors had reached 40 for one, with Wes Durston having trapped the dangerous Ed Joyce with his third ball.
Sussex seemed to be making good progress at 83 for two in the eighteenth over, but they then had a calamitous three overs during which they lost four wickets for twelve runs.
By John Brown
Derbyshire were pleased to welcome Kent in this crucial championship match which was likely to have an effect on the promotion prospects for both teams.
Wayne Madsen won the toss for Derbyshire and asked Kent to bat first. Sam Northeast was in fine form for the visitors and he reached his fifty from 64 balls (9 fours) when the total was only 62.
When Northeast was third out, bowled by a beauty from Jon Clare, Kent’s score was 69 for three, after which some sustained accurate bowling by the seamers reduced Kent to 174 for eight.
There had been a couple of stoppages for rain which reduced the number of overs in the day’s allocation by twenty-six. It was at this stage that Coles and Davies came together and they survived until the close which was taken at 238 for eight.
Coles hit a six from the second ball of the second day but fell to a well-judged catch on the mid-wicket boundary two balls later: he had faced 83 balls (5 fours and 3 sixes) in an important innings of 57. Together with Davies, this pair had added seventy runs for the ninth wicket and last man Shreck stayed while another frustrating 21 came for the last wicket.
265 will have been more than Derbyshire would have hoped for after choosing to field first, but it soon seemed a huge score when they slipped from 37 for one to a near-disastrous 51 for six.
The Kent bowlers were swinging the ball in helpful conditions and Derbyshire’s top-order batsmen found it difficult to cope. With only four wickets remaining they still needed sixty-five to avoid being asked to follow on, and when the eighth wicket fell at 93, the follow-on seemed the most likely outcome.
Tim Groenewald joined David Wainwright and together they battled for nine overs and added a crucial thirty-four runs, thus avoiding the possibility of being asked to follow on. Shreck had bowled a hostile sixteen overs in capturing his five wickets.
Kent batted again with a lead of 133 and most people present expected them to bat until mid-afternoon on the third day before declaring to leave Derbyshire with a game to save.
Tony Palladino took two early wickets and Mark Turner another to reduce Kent to 43 for three. The visiting skipper, Rob Key, had batted steadily while these wickets fell and, together with Powell, he saw his team to the close in the comfortable position of 93 for three, an apparently secure 226 runs ahead with seven wickets in hand.
Next morning Key stood firm, but Palladino and Groenewald were in inspired form as they dismissed four batsmen in the space of seven overs while only nine runs were added.
The last three wickets added 43 runs, but Palladino dismissed all three, including that of Key, ninth out for a masterful 81, to dismiss Kent for an improbable 161.
So Palladino had taken seven wickets in an innings for the first time in his career and thus given Derbyshire an outside chance of turning the tables on their rivals. His previous career-best figures had also been against Kent, nine years earlier when he was playing for Essex.
Madsen and Matt Lineker survived the three overs before lunch and they stayed together for another 75 minutes afterwards: between them they had set Derbyshire a fine base, 83 for the first wicket, from which to chase their target of 295 runs to win.
When bad light followed by heavy rain brought play to an early close, Derbyshire had reached the promising position of 168 for two – only 127 more runs to win and eight wickets left with which to do it.
Usman Khawaja and Wes Durston had so far added 73 for the third wicket and they took this to 102 (in thirty-nine overs) before Khawaja (137 balls) was caught at the wicket from a good ball by Shreck. Durston (123 balls) followed soon afterwards and, when two more wickets fell in the next four overs, Derbyshire’s score had slipped to 215 for six and Kent looked to be favourites again.
At this point Dan Redfern had scored an unflustered ten and he was supported first by Clare, then by Palladino as they helped to add twenty-one runs for each of the seventh and eighth wickets.
When Groenewald joined Redfern, however, Derbyshire still needed another thirty-eight runs to win and there were only two wickets left. This pair were the models of good cricketing sense as they took their singles and avoided the aggressive short-pitched bowling. Shreck had bowled throughout the scheduled pre-lunch session, fifteen overs in all, during which he had taken four wickets for 51 runs.
Under the new regulation for 2012, Kent were entitled to claim an extra four overs in an effort to finish the match before the interval, but Redfern and Groenewald saw these overs out while adding a further nerve-racking six runs.
Now Derbyshire needed only another nine runs to win, and they continued to defy the Kent pace attack as Groenewald in particular was targeted with a succession of bouncers. Groenewald aimed a few beefy square cuts at short balls outside the off-stump and, when he top-edged Coles over the slips for four, the scores were level.
Now Redfern, who had shown great composure throughout his innings, with all the fielders in to save the single, drove Davies back over his head for the winning four which also brought up his personal fifty in 67 balls.
It was a wonderful win, a win which showed the depth of character and team spirit in this Derbyshire side. It was a win which took Derbyshire twenty-six points clear at the top of the Second Division, but still with plenty to play for.
Derbyshire’s next four-day match is not until next week, an away match with Yorkshire at Headingley, another crucial game, but every match from here until the end of the season is likely to be crucial.
Kent 265 (75.5 overs) (MT Coles 57, SA Northeast 52, M Davies 29; TD Groenewald 3 for 41, ML Turner 3 for 66, AP Palladino 2 for 65) and 161 (56.5 overs) (RWT Key 81: AP Palladino 7 for 53, TD Groenewald 2 for 39)
Derbyshire 132 (47.3 overs) (DJ Wainwright 29*, TD Groenewald 23, MS Lineker 22; CE Shreck 5 for 41, M Davies 2 for 27, DI Stevens 2 for 29) and 298 for 8 (96.2 overs) (UT Khawaja 56, WJ Durston 55, DJ Redfern 50*, MS Lineker 45, WL Madsen 30, TD Groenewald 20*; CE Shreck 4 for 99, MT Coles 2 for 71)
Derbyshire (19 points) beat Kent (5) by 2 wickets
By John Brown
On a day when the forecast for the evening was not good this match was able to start on time in front of the Sky television cameras.
Kent won the toss and chose to field first – after five overs Derbyshire had advanced to 22 for no wicket, but then wickets began to fall to some tidy bowling.
The first three batsmen all fell for eleven apiece, with two wickets going to Stevens for only three runs.
Almost immediately after the fourth wicket had fallen the umpires took the players off for rain: the score now was a disappointing 46 for four from thirteen overs.
Three times the rain stopped and a new start time was announced, but three times the rain came again.
Eventually the umpires decided that play could restart at 9.20pm with both teams having a total of fourteen overs batting. This meant that Derbyshire had one more over before their innings would be closed.
Dan Redfern sacrificed his wicket going for an improbable second run, whereupon Jon Clare hit a six and a four from his first two balls, and the innings ended with the score on 62 for five.
So Kent had a Duckworth/Lewis target of 67 to chase in their fourteen overs, six of them Powerplay overs.
This was a comparatively easy target which demonstrates the unsatisfactory nature of the D/L method when play is reduced to a small number of overs after the team batting first has lost early wickets.
In almost every case the team which wins the toss (and fields first) will win the match. Not surprisingly Kent reached their target with few concerns and finished the match with nineteen balls to spare.
Derbyshire’s next match in this competition will be on Wednesday 8th August, another floodlit match at Derby against Sussex (4.40pm start).
Derbyshire 62 for 5 (14 overs) (JL Clare 11*; DI Stevens 2 for 3)
Kent 68 for 1 (10.5 overs) (SW Billings 28*, SA Northeast 22*)
Kent (2 points) beat Derbyshire 9 wickets (D/L method)
By John Brown
Derbyshire were pleased to welcome Australia A squad at the start of their short tour of England during which they will play to matches against England Lions. On the hottest day of the year so far, Australia won the toss and chose to bat first on a pitch which proved to be good for batting throughout.
Their captain, Ed Cowan, made an accomplished hundred from 113 balls, while Forrest, Bailey and Burns all hit fifties in good time so that the tourists were able to declare eleven overs after tea on the first day and give Derbyshire sixteen overs batting before the close David Wainwright bowled twenty-eight overs of left-arm spin and took three of the four wickets to fall.
Derbyshire lost Matt Lineker four overs before the end of the day, and his place was taken by Tony Palladino who helped Wayne Madsen to see their team to 57 for one at the close.
This pair survived almost an hour on the second morning before, rather surprisingly, it was Madsen who fell first as he tried to hit off-spinner Lyon over the in-field. Usman Khawaja joined Palladino to face his compatriots: at this point Palladino started to play his shots, being especially strong through the covers. He reached his fifty, only the fourth of his first-class career from eighty balls, and outscored his senior partner by some margin.
This pair added 103 for the third wicket, and Khawaja’s share had been a mere 28, but more important than this was the fact that Palladino reached his maiden first-class hundred from 113 balls (with sixteen fours): there was much joy and celebration in the Derbyshire ranks at the success of this most popular of night-watchmen. In addition he was only three runs short of scoring a hundred runs before lunch.
After Palladino was bowled, Khawaja and Wes Durston had added 72 for the fourth wicket at about a run a minute before Derbyshire declared, thus giving Australia a first innings lead of 93.
Australia had forty overs to bat before the end of the day, but they fared less well than they would have hoped against the Derbyshire bowlers. Mark Footitt started their difficulties by dismissing both openers in his opening seven-over spell. Wainwright took two more wickets, while Mark Turner and Dan Redfern, having a rare bowl while Durston protected a bruised thumb, took one each.
At 141 for six overnight Australia had to bat with caution to ensure that they gave themselves a position from which they could declare. Cowan and Starc added 73 in sixteen overs and the declaration came soon after Starc was out, well caught on the boundary by Redfern off Wainwright.
Thus Derbyshire were set 315 to win from 73 overs, but they suffered an early setback when Madsen was caught in the slips off Mitchell Johnson. Lineker and Khawaja batted sensibly in adding 92 before Lineker misjudged a drive to give a low return catch to Lyon. Redfern looked in good touch as he reached his fifty from 54 balls to follow Khawaja who had already passed that milestone in seventy-six balls.
When Durston came to the wicket there were only eighteen overs remaining, and still 119 runs needed to win, but Derbyshire had not given up the chase and kept playing their shots. As it happened wickets fell rather too quickly and, when Durston played one shot too many – 256 for eight – with seven overs remaining, Derbyshire took the sensible option and decided to play out time.
Turner was caught at short mid-wicket off only his second ball, so it was left to Chris Durham and Footitt to play out the last six overs. Despite close-set fields and aggressive bowling, they managed to survive the tense situation, so the match ended in a draw, probably a fair result to a good game of cricket in which Derbyshire probably emerged with the most credit.
Australia A 362 for 4 dec (72 overs) (EJH Cowans 109, GJ Bailey 81, JA Burns 74*, PJ Forrest 52, M Klinger 25; DJ Wainwright 3 for 133) and 221 for 7 dec (55 overs) (SPD Smith 78, MA Starc 36, EDJ Cowan 32*, MG Johnson 21; DJ Wainwright 3 for 29, MHA Footitt 2 for 52)
Derbyshire 269 for 3 (66 overs) (AP Palladino 106, UT Khawaja 56*, WJ Durston 37*, WL Madsen 34, MS Lineker 22) and 270 for 9 (73 overs) (UT Khawaja 66, DJ Redfern 56, WJ Durston 40, MS Lineker 34; NM Lyon 4 for 115, MG Johnson 3 for 47)
After three disappointing days when there could be no play, a warm sun-filled day was especially welcome to bring the Chesterfield week to a more appropriate close.
Wayne Madsen won the toss and invited Yorkshire to bat first in this mid-table one-day encounter. Although wickets did not come easily, Derbyshire’s first four bowlers kept the flow of runs within check for the first seventeen overs. Tim Groenewald, Jon Clare and Wes Durston were especially economical in this early part of the innings.
Jaques was the first to fall – to a splendid falling catch by Durston at mid-wicket, and it was he who took the next two wickets having Root stumped and captain Gale hit wicket as his foot dislodged a bail as he set off for a run.
Bairstow and Ballance added 37 in eight overs before Mark Turner uprooted Bairstow’s off-stump. This brought in Pyrah, who, together with Ballance, helped add a further 56 in seven overs.
Derbyshire had had every reason to feel pleased with themselves when Yorkshire’s score had reached only 163 off 34 overs: it was at this point that Yorkshire took their four-over batting Powerplay and they hit 49 runs in this time for the loss of Ballance.
Pyrah hit the first three balls of the thirty-ninth over from Clare for sixes, and Yorkshire were able to finish on 238 from their forty overs.
Derbyshire suffered an almost immediate setback when Usman Khawaja fell to his first ball from Wardlaw, but, with the help of a few Wides and No balls, Chesney Hughes, Durston and Madsen moved the score along at more than seven runs an over.
Derbyshire reached their fifty in seven overs, but by the end of the first eight-over Powerplay they had already lost four wickets in scoring 56 runs.
Madsen and on-loan wicket-keeper, Richard Johnson, set about rebuilding the innings with some success as they added 67 in twelve overs. When Madsen was caught and bowled in the twentieth over, Derbyshire were certainly up with the required run-rate, but they seemed to have run out of established batsmen.
Clare hit a six in a brief innings, but his dismissal brought in the inexperienced Alex Hughes. Derbyshire still needed 98 to win and most people on the ground, the Yorkshire team included, expected an early capitulation. It was not to be, however – Johnson continued to bat sensibly and Hughes was the perfect foil, seemingly nerveless and always in control of the situation. This pair added a thoroughly creditable 80 in just under twelve overs with Johnson having reached his fifty from only 54 balls.
Yorkshire were clearly rattled by the time Johnson hit a catch straight to extra-cover from the last ball of the thirty-fifth over. He had played a wonderful innings of 79 from only 74 balls with six fours and two sixes.
Now Derbyshire needed only eighteen runs from the last five overs, and it was reassuring to see ex-Yorkshireman, David Wainwright, coming to the wicket to help see his team home.
There were still some anxious moments for Derbyshire supporters, however, when Hughes was dropped at mid-wicket as the ball came out of the sun and, shortly afterwards, when he was given run out from a direct hit from the boundary as he went for a third run, only for the fielder to admit that he had been unable to prevent the ball reaching the boundary before he had returned it.
Now Derbyshire needed five runs from three overs and, fittingly, it was Alex Hughes who hit the winning boundary through the covers. It had been a marvellous game of cricket, made all the better for Derbyshire supporters by the fact that they had beaten their much stronger (on paper) neighbours and rivals.
Derbyshire’s next match in this competition will be at the County ground against Kent on Tuesday 31st July.
Yorkshire 238 for 7 (40 overs) (AW Gale 51, GS Balance 47, RM Pyrah 44, JE Root 33, PA Jaques 25, JM Bairstow 25; WJ Durston 2 for 32, TD Groenewald 2 for 39, JL Clare 2 for 51)
Derbyshire 239 for 7 (37.4 overs) (RM Johnson 79, WL Madsen 40, AL Hughes 37*, CF Hughes 20; I Wardlaw 3 for 60, A Rashid 2 for 36, MA Starc 2 for 46)
Derbyshire (2 points) beat Yorkshire by 3 wickets
By John Brown
Derbyshire v Yorkshire at Chesterfield on 18 to 21 July: LV=County Championship: Division 2
Derbyshire’s eagerly-awaited championship match with close promotion rivals, Yorkshire, seemed threatened by a poor weather forecast.
Most surprisingly there was virtually a full day’s play on the first day with only one over being lost to the weather. Yorkshire won the toss and chose to bat first on a pitch which proved to be slow with occasional variable bounce.
Tim Groenewald bowled a challenging opening spell during which he took the wickets of both openers. Before Jaques and Bairstow, the latter rested from the England Test team, started to build what seemed a comfortable position for the visitors, but Tony Palladino produced a beauty to bowl Bairstow after this pair had added 51 for the third wicket.
Now Ballance joined his captain, Jaques, and they added a further 81 for the fourth wicket. It was at this point, with Yorkshire on 175 for three, that Mark Turner had a golden spell during which he took three wickets in twelve balls.
Wes Durston had bowled a fine spell of controlled off-spin and he also took two wickets so Yorkshire had lost five wickets for only ten runs. The score now was 185 for eight and, if Patterson had been caught at slip before he had scored, and Steve Harmison, on loan from Durham, had not been dropped from a skyer to mid-wicket, Yorkshire would have been dismissed for less than 200.
As it was they were all out for 219, a much healthier position for Derbyshire than had once seemed likely. The wickets had been shared by three bowlers, Groenewald, Turner and Durston with three apiece.
Derbyshire started promisingly, with Matt Lineker, playing his first first-team game of the season, looking especially fluent through the covers. They were helped on their way by some wayward bowling from Harmison whose first three overs went for 27.
Derbyshire had reached 70 for the loss of only one wicket, but they spoilt a strong position with a series of ill-judged shots.
Quite quickly 70 for one became 105 for seven with three wickets being gifted to the still wayward Harmison in his second spell.
It was left to Richard Johnson, Derbyshire’s stand-in wicket-keeper, on loan from Warwickshire, and Palladino, who struck four fours in one Harmison over to bring Derbyshire a little nearer respectability before the close which came with the score on 135 for seven, still 84 adrift.
Rain fell overnight, making an already soft outfield too wet for any cricket on the second day, and the umpires made an early inspection on the third morning and soon decided that there could be no play on this day either.
After early mist on the fourth morning the sun shone warmly on the ground and the few hundred spectators who were hoping to see some cricket, but once again the umpires decided that there were too many unsafe areas in the outfield and called the game off without any play for three successive days.
So the match was abandoned with each county having gained six points, very frustrating since cricket was being played elsewhere around the country and potential rivals were taking the opportunity to earn more points than the two counties involved in this match.
Yorkshire 219 (56.1 overs) (PA Jaques 61, GS Balance 46, JM Bairstow 27; WJ Durston 3 for 23, TD Groenewald 3 for 38, ML Turner 3 for 53)
Derbyshire 135 for 7 (38 overs) (MS Lineker 33, AP Palladino 21*; SJ Harmison 3 for 49, MA Ashraf 2 for 13)
Match Abandoned as a Draw - Derbyshire (6 points) Yorkshire (6)
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