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2nd XI Match Report: Yorkshire v Derbyshire

2nd XI Championship - Yorkshire v Derbyshire, 29th, 30th and 31st May 2013

Derbyshire Second XI withstood a late Yorkshire fightback to hold on for a hard-fought draw against the White Rose county at Stamford Bridge, York.

In a rain-affected Championship fixture, Stephen Stubbings’ side bowled the hosts out on the final day, leaving Derbyshire a session and a half to chase 210 for victory. The visitors, however, lost regular wickets to end the day on 137-9 – holding on for a respectable draw on an entertaining Day 3.

Persistent rain ruled out most of Day 1, but when play did finally begin, Derbyshire claimed three early wickets courtesy of Alasdair Evans (1-17), Matt Higginbottom and Harding (1-47).

No play was possible on the second day – and when play resumed on the final morning the hosts moved comfortable onto 173-3 at lunch.

But the Derbyshire bowlers fought back in dramatic fashion, claiming the last seven wickets for just 36 runs, ultimately bowling Yorkshire out for 209.

Tom Knight chipped in with two wickets for 31 runs from his nine overs, but Higginbottom was to pick of the bowlers, claiming the last three wickets to finish with figures of 5 for 51 from 19.5 overs.

Derbyshire had 52 overs to chase down the 210 victory target, after both sides forfeited an innings. But Yorkshire bowled accurately to claim wickets at regular intervals, however, the visitors held firm to end the day 137-9 to claim a draw in their third Second XI Championship fixture of the season. 

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