2nd XI Friendly - Derbyshire v Essex, April 9th, 10th and 11th 2013
Derbyshire 2nd XI were defeated in their opening friendly of 2013, as an experienced Essex side claimed a 272-run victory at the County Ground.
Batting first on a good wicket, Essex posted 319-9 declared from 108 overs thanks to an unbeaten century from Saf Imtiaz and 62 from Rehan Hassan. Mark Footitt (2-42), Matt Higginbottom (2-53) and Harding (2-29) all claimed two wickets apiece for the hosts.
Reece Topley and former England paceman Saj Mahmood opened the bowling for the visitors and quickly claimed three Derbyshire wickets for just seven runs. But Richard Johnson (32) and Peter Burgoyne (19) began the Derbyshire fightback putting on 60 for the fourth wicket.
But Derbyshire failed to recover after the pair were dismissed in successive overs just before lunch on Day 2, as the hosts were dismissed for 123 in 45.5 overs.
Essex’s openers Nick Browne (106) and Jaik Mickleburgh (102*) produced an excellent opening stand of 225, before Browne fell to Burgoyne just before the close on the second day, and after amassing a 426-run lead Essex declared overnight.
Needing to bat all day to save the game, Derbyshire’s top order succumbed to the experience Essex bowling attack, being reduced to 31-5. This time it was Mahmood amongst the wickets on his debut, taking 4-43 in his opening spell.
Bird (32)and Matt Higginbottom (34) led a Derbyshire recovery and played nicely adding 68 in 15 overs to take the home side up to 99, with the pair hitting 12 boundaries and a six in that partnership prior to lunch.
Tom Knight added 32 to continue the revival, but Essex’s Tim Phillips claimed Derbyshire’s final two wickets to hand the visitors victory by 272 runs at the County Ground.
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