2nd XI Championship - Derbyshire v Lancashire, May 8th, 9th and 10th 2013
Derbyshire Second XI’s opening Championship fixture of the season was abandoned in peculiar circumstances, as an explosion at a nearby factory forced an early closure to play at Belper.
Police advised players, umpires and staff to return indoors after the pursuing fire raised fears of a possible asbestos threat as Derbyshire’s first innings was closed on 237-6, with Ross Whiteley top scoring with an excellent 82.
A total of 122 overs were lost over the three days due to the adverse weather conditions and unscheduled premature ending to the final day.
After losing the toss, Lancashire put on 82 runs for the opening wicket on Day 1, before Matt Higginbottom claimed the hosts’ first wicket of the match when Stephen Moore was caught behind by Tom Poynton for 50.
However, Andrea Agathangelou (91) and Luis Reece (79) would build a formidable partnership as together they combined for 147 runs moving the visitors onto 229-1 after Lunch.
But Derbyshire would dominate the evening session, reducing the visitors from 229-1 to 260-9 as Higginbottom produced an inspired spell with the ball to claim two wickets and AJ Norman, on trial from Glamorgan, picked up three wickets to finish with figures of 3-36 from 17 overs.
After a morning rain delay, it only took three balls on the second day to finish the Lancashire innings, as Higginbottom claimed his fourth to claim figures of 4-66 from 18 overs to dismiss the visitors for 260.
Derbyshire’s reply got off to a good start as Billy Godleman (33) and Paul Borrington (22) produced a 61-run opening stand before both fell in quick concession as rain returned to force a stop in play for the day with the hosts on 140-4.
After more rain in the third morning, Derbyshire finally resumed after Lunch as Whiteley and Norman moved the hosts onto 174-5, when the latter fell for 24.
However, Whiteley would continue his impressive hitting display as he was finally out for a superb 82, which included seven fours and five sixes.
Derbyshire were on 234-6 when the explosion happened, play did resume after a brief delay but after the advice from police the match was abandoned, with Peter Burgoyne 19 not out. Derbyshire claimed nine points while Lancashire claimed eight.
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