Second XI Championship - Leicestershire v Derbyshire, July 3rd, 4th and 5th 2013
Derbyshire Second XI had to settle for a draw in their three-day Championship fixture against Leicestershire at Hastings Cricket Club.
Derbyshire won the toss and elected to bat first but lost three early wickets including experienced batsmen Billy Godleman (1), Ben Slater (18) and Paul Borrington (33), to be reduced to 59-3. But partnerships between Richard Johnson (87) and Scott Elstone (28), then between the former and Chris Durham (70 not out) helped Stephen Stubbings’ side post 309 and claim maximum batting bonus points in their first innings.
Leicestershire’s left arm spinner James Sykes ended the innings with impressive figures of 7 for 80 from his 82 overs, suggesting that Derbyshire spinner Tom Knight could be very handy on this pitch. Leicestershire lost regular wickets in their reply, and only Ben Raine managed a score worthy of note with 55, as the hosts were dismissed for 179, narrowly avoiding the follow on, and giving Derbyshire a 130-run lead.
Cal Harding returned exceptional figures of 5 for 37 from his 14 overs, while Knight finished with 4 for 32 after his 14 overs, but Derbyshire suffered a setback between innings as new ball bowler Matt Higginbottom suffered a re-occurrence of a groin injury and was able to bowl again in the match.
With a 130-run lead, Derbyshire’s object was to score as quick as possible and build a large enough Total to be in a position to declare. At the close of the second day’s play, Derbyshire were 154-3, an overall lead of 284.
On the final day, Borrington declared on 232-6 - Slater (80), Godleman (34) Johnson (36) Elstone (34) - setting Leicestershire 363 to win in 81 overs.
Wickets once again fell at regular intervals in Leicestershire’s second innings, but two stubborn knocks from Maxfield (50) and Wells (56 not out), managed to lift the total to 226-5 after 65 overs, leaving Leicester to score a further 137 off a further 16 overs and Derbyshire to take a further five wickets for victory.
At this point both teams and the umpires agreed to terminate the game as a draw, with Derbyshire taking 11 points and Leicester 8 points.
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