Derbyshire v Yorkshire at Queen’s Park, Chesterfield on 17 to 19 July: LV= County Championship: Division 1
This match was played throughout in a heat-wave, weather which brought larger-than-usual crowds. Yorkshire won an important toss and chose to bat first in what seemed like ideal conditions for batting – a true pitch, with some pace, and a fast outfield.
Derbyshire made some changes, the major one of them forced on them an injury; Shivnarine Chanderpaul was unable to play due a leg-muscle strain, while Tony Palladino is taking longer than hoped to recoverfully from their injuries. Richard Johnson had been brought in as a batsman in the previous match and two more regular players were dropped and replaced by Ben Slater and Peter Burgoyne.
Mark Footitt took an early wicket, but this brought together Alex Lees and Phil Jaques who took full advantage of the situation.They stayed together for more than seventy overs and they had added 311 for the second wicket before Jaques was caught at first slip off Tim Groenewald’s first ball in his third spell of the day. This was new record for this wicket for Yorkshire in matches between these two counties (the record was set in 1910 on the same ground).
Yorkshire had scored at a good rate before lunch, taken at 151 for one (29 overs), but an outstanding spell of controlled off-spin by Burgoyne, making his championship debut, slowed the rate considerably and he was supported by Wes Durston at the other end. Even so Yorkshire went to the end of the day on 367 for two, only the fourth time that Derbyshire had taken only two wickets in a full day’s cricket.
Derbyshire were kept in the field until almost three o’clock on the second afternoon, by which time Yorkshire had amassed 617 for five before declaring. Lees was still there at the end, having faced 436 balls with 38 fours and one six. Burgoyne had bowled fifty-five overs, but had conceded fewer than three runs per over, a feat matched by Durston, who bowled thirty-two overs.
Almost inevitably after such a long unproductive spell in the field, a weary Derbyshire side seemed to find concentration and resistance difficult. Concentrating mainly on defence, they slipped to 83 for five in the thirty-fourth over, one of them being Wayne Madsen who ‘walked’ when the umpire had been unable to tell whether he was out.
Ben Slater, playing on his home club ground, battled better than most, but he was fifth out for a solid 113-ball 28. Wickets continued to fall all too regularly, and only Johnson (72 balls) and Tom Poynton offered any lasting resistance, although Poynton decided that attack was the best defence as he reached his fifty from only thirty-four balls. Poynton finished undefeated on 63 (37 balls, 8 fours and 3 sixes), but Derbyshire were all out just before lunch giving Yorkshire a huge lead of 382.
Not surprisingly Yorkshire enforced the follow-on, and those loyal supporters who expected Derbyshire would bat better at the second attempt were disappointed. Their first four wickets fell for a mere 36, after which there was some resistance from Johnson and Burgoyne, but, for the second time in the match, the early batsmen had reached a poor 120 for six. Madsen had stayed and watched while his partners surrendered meekly and he would have been pleased to receive some support from Poynton who again looked in good touch. This pair added 111 for the seventh wicket before Poynton was out.
Madsen was in fine touch and he played many good attacking shots, mainly through the off-side, or driven firmly through mid-wicket. He reached his fifty from 93 balls, and his thoroughly well-deserved hundred came from only 46 more balls. Groenewald helped him to add thirty-eight for the eighth wicket, but, just when we were thinking that Derbyshire might take the match into the fourth day, the last three wickets fell in the space of six balls, thus leaving Yorkshire winners by an innings and 113 runs.
Madsen’s had been an outstanding innings, among the very best, if not the best, innings which he has played for Derbyshire. He had hit twenty-six fours in his 195-ball innings, and he deserved so much better in the way of support from his colleagues.
Sadly this result left Derbyshire even more firmly at the foot of the First Division table, while Yorkshire returned to the top spot, nine points ahead of Sussex who are Derbyshire next opponents in two weeks’ time. Before, then, however, Derbyshire have to complete their t20 campaign as they play four matches in this competition during the coming eight days.
Yorkshire 617 for 5 dec (152.3 overs) (AZ Lees 275*, PA Jaques 139, AW Gale 74, GS Ballance 66; MHA Footitt 2 for 110)
Derbyshire 235 (67 overs) (T Poynton 63*, RM Johnson 46, BT Slater 28; JA Brooks 3 for 46, LE Plunkett 2 for 33, SA Patterson 2 for 35, AU Rashid 2 for 81) and 269 (65.2 overs) (WL Madsen 141, T Poynton 29, RM Johnson 23; RJ Sidebottom, SA Patterson 3 for 63, JA Brooks 2 for 32, LE Plunkett 2 for 57)
Yorkshire (24 points) beat Derbyshire (1) by an innings and 113 runs.
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