2nd XI Championship - Nottinghamshire v Derbyshire, June 12th, 13th and 14th 2013
Derbyshire Second XI’s Championship fixture against Nottinghamshire ended in a draw after persistent rain washed out the final day at Denby.
In a low-scoring match, the hosts secured a 21-run lead after their first innings thanks to 34 from Dan Redfern and 35 from Paul Borrington. But heavy rain on Day 3 meant that no result was possible, as Nottinghamshire ended on 131-5, a lead of 110 runs before play was abandoned.
After winning the toss, Derbyshire elected to bowl first and enjoyed plenty of success on the opening morning claiming regular wickets - including that of the experienced Alex Hales as he was caught behind by Tom Poynton off Matt Higginbottom (2-39) without scoring.
Nottinghamshire were reduced to 37-3 and then 61-5, with Tony Palladino – making a return from injury – finishing with innings-best figures of 3-30 from his 14 overs.
Academy graduate Ben Cotton also claimed three wickets, while Tom Knight produced an impressive spell of bowling to end with figures of 2-10 from his nine overs, as the visitors were dismissed for 144.
Derbyshire made a solid start in reply - reaching 72-1 after tea - with Redfern and Borrington both making timely contributions of 34 and 35 respectively. But the hosts lost a succession of wickets in the last hour of play to finally close on 132-7.
The hosts only added 33 more runs on the second morning as they were all out for 165 - securing a slender 21-run lead. But Stephen Stubbings’ side made another good start with the ball as Cotton removed England international Hales for eight to reduce the visitors to 21-1.
Knight was again amongst the wickets claiming figures of 3-24 from his 17 overs. He was ably assisted by Cotton who continued to bowl with great discipline to finish with 2-23, as Nottinghamshire ended the day on 131-5 - a lead of 110.
However - with the match finely poised - heavy rain washed out the final day as both teams had to settle for a draw from the entertaining three-day fixture.
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