Derbyshire v Sussex at Derby on 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th May: LV= County Championship: Division 1
By John Brown
Bad weather delayed the start of this match until 2.30pm on the first day, whereupon Wayne Madsen lost the toss, and for the fifth time this season Derbyshire were asked to bat first on a pitch which was expected to be helpful to the bowlers.
Billy Godleman and Chesney Hughes got the innings off to a brisk start before the first wicket fell on 36 in the eighth over. At tea Madsen and Shivnarine Chanderpaul had taken Derbyshire to 94 for two from 26 overs.
There was a brief shower after the interval for which another three overs were lost from the day’s allocation. Madsen batted very well against some aggressive pace bowling, but from the last ball bowled by Jordan he was unable to avoid a brute of a delivery which he nicked to the wicketkeeper having made a fine 63 from 141 balls. Nightwatchman Alasdair Evans, making his championship debut, was out in the final over of the day, leaving Derbyshire on a disappointing 158 for six.
This quickly became 164 for seven on the second morning, so the 52 partnership for the seventh wicket between Richard Johnson and Jon Clare was very timely. Derbyshire were finally all out for 223, but Sussex made a shaky start: although they scored at almost five runs an over, they had lost five wickets for 109 before the end of the twenty-fifth over, three of them to the left-arm pace of Mark Footitt.
Sussex skipper, Ed Joyce, had to go home for family reasons for the whole of the second day, so Chris Jordan was batting higher than usual at number seven. He survived with some luck, including an inside edge onto his stumps with the ball deflecting for four, but the bails remaining on the stumps. Jordan and Michael Yardy stayed together for thirty-two overs and added a match-changing 179, a new record for Sussex for the sixth wicket in matches between these two counties.
When Sussex’s eighth wicket fell at 341, Derbyshire would still have felt that they were in contention, but Monty Panesar survived until the close, thus allowing Joyce to bat at number eleven on his third-day return. This was to prove significant as Joyce and Yardy added a further sixty to earn Sussex a fifth batting point and a formidable lead of 178. Yardy was last out, having made a fine 153 from 238 balls – and Footitt’s six wickets provided him with new career-best figures of 6 for 120.
Derbyshire started their second innings at noon on the third day and, after the fall of an early wicket, Hughes, batting with a fractured finger, and Madsen looked to be building a position from which they could save the match. This was not to be, however, as wickets fell regularly and there was even a chance that the match might have finished on the third evening.
Chanderpaul defended strongly for 119 balls and was well supported by Johnson before the former edged one to slip. The close came with Derbyshire leading by eleven runs with three wickets in hand. All their batsmen had shown some character and hardly any had given their wickets away, but the runs would not come, and now only rain was likely to give them any hope of saving the match.
In just half-an-hour on the last morning, with the previously forecasted rain failing to materialise, Derbyshire lost their last three wickets and Sussex took only twenty-five minutes to score the 42 runs they needed to win. Derbyshire now have a week of rest, a week which will be followed by three YB40 matches before Derbyshire play host to Surrey in their next championship match starting on Wednesday 29th May.
Derbyshire 223 (75 overs) (WL Madsen 63, BA Godleman 26, JL Clare 25, RM Johnson 22*, S Chanderpaul 20; JE Anyon 3 for 56, CJ Jordan 3 for 77, MS Panesar 2 for 21, SJ Magoffin 2 for 48)
219 (87.5 overs) (WL Madsen 32, CF Hughes 32, DJ Redfern 24, S Chanderpaul 23; SJ Magoffin 4 for 44, JE Anyon 3 for 46, MS Panesar 2 for 41)
Sussex 401 (82.3 overs) (MH Yardy 153, CJ Jordan 92, EC Joyce 25*, LWP Wells 23; MHA Footitt 6 for 120, JL Clare 2 for 58, TD Groenewald 2 for 93)
43 for 1 (5.5 overs) (LWP Wells 23*)
Sussex (24 points) beat Derbyshire (4) by 9 wickets
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