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LV=CC REPORT: Derbyshire v Surrey

Derbyshire v Surrey at Derby on 15 to 18 June: LV= County Championship: Division Two
By John Brown 

Following their win in the previous match with Leicestershire, Derbyshire went into this match with increased confidence and hopes that they would be able to continue their improved performance into the next few matches. Wayne Madsen won the toss and chose to bat first on a pitch which was hard and expected to favour batsmen.

Unfortunately for Derbyshire the overhead conditions were helpful to swing bowlers and the conditions probably deteriorated during the day. The early batsmen were made to work hard for their runs, and they struggled to reach 77 for three before lunch. After about half-an-hour after the interval, Dernbach had a golden spell when he took three wickets in eight balls, one of them being that of Marcus North who had looked sounder than most in his sixty-seven ball 44.  

Thereafter Gareth Cross played a few strong strokes, but Derbyshire were dismissed for a very disappointing 153, with Tom Curran having taken a career-best five for 51.

Mark Footitt struck with the second ball of the Surrey innings, but they survived for the rest of the day which was curtailed by bad light (34 overs lost in all) to finish on 44 for one. Tom Taylor took his first first-class wicket when he trapped Hashim Amla lbw, but Ansari continued to bat doggedly while his new partner, Solanki, played with much more flair to reach his fifty from fifty-nine balls. Davies joined Ansari and together they added 140 for the fourth wicket – by now it was clear that conditions were much better for batting, but Derbyshire’s bowlers persevered in difficult circumstances.

Ansari completed his maiden first-class hundred from a painstaking 239 balls, while Davies took advantage of a tiring attack to reach 124 before he was bowled by North in the last over of the day. Thus Surrey started the third morning wanting eight runs for a fifth batting point, while Derbyshire need one wicket for a third bowling point with eight balls in which to do it.

As it happened neither team gained that extra point, but Tremlett hit out to score 43 with four leg-side sixes before Surrey were bowled out for 421, with a huge 268 first innings lead.

Derbyshire started their second innings serenely enough, but there followed one of those spells when the cricketing gods seem to be against you. Having reached 62 without loss Moore seemed surprised to be given out caught at the wicket, and then Paul Borrington, having defended with assurance for thirty overs played the ball firmly off the back foot only to see the ball roll back onto his stumps and remove one bail.   Not long afterwards Madsen, who last year won the award for fair play when he walked after being given not out, was adjudged to have snicked a ball onto his pad before it carried to Solanki at silly point. All very frustrating.

Despite these setbacks, the Derbyshire middle order, Scott Elstone and David Wainwright in particular, continued to make Surrey work for their wickets. At six o’clock, Derbyshire were still six runs in arrears with two wickets remaining, and Surrey claimed the extra half-hour in an effort to finish the match in three days. But Wainwright and Taylor were equal to the challenge and they took Derbyshire into a narrow lead before the last wicket fell with just four minutes of the day’s play remaining.

So the teams had to come back for the fourth day when Surrey duly knocked off the required twenty-one runs in just under six overs.

Derbyshire 153 (49.4 over) (MJ North 44, GD Cross 27; TK Curran 5 for 51, JW Dernbach 3 for 41) and 288 (102.4 overs) (DJ Wainwright 56*, SL Elstone 47, PM Borrington 38, SC Moore 30, WL Madsen 26; GJ Batty 4 for 69, ZS Ansari 4 for 96, JW Dernbach 2 for 39)

Surrey 421 (113.4 overs) (SM Davies 124, ZS Ansari 105, VS Solanki 52, CT Tremlett 43, GJ Batty 29, HM Amla 27; MHA Footitt 4 for 63, TAI Taylor 2 for 105) and 21 for 0 wicket (5.5 overs)

Surrey (23 points) beat Derbyshire (2) by 10 wickets

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