By John Brown
The weather on the first two days of this match could hardly have been worse: the umpires had hoped that play would be possible on the second afternoon, but more rain ruled out that possibility. When play did start on a much brighter third day Derbyshire won the toss and chose to field first on a pitch which it was hoped would help the seamers.
Although Dawson fell early to the accurate Tony Palladino, Hampshire’s next pair prospered on a pitch which proved to be much slower and lower than expected. Adams and Shafayat, making his county debut, added 164 in 39 overs for the second wicket. Although Derbyshire persevered, and wickets fell regularly, Hampshire will have felt that they had had the better of the day as they finished on 352 for eight from their 96 overs.
Hampshire declared overnight, but there were no arrangements or forfeitures, and Derbyshire set off to score as many as they could and hope to pick up some more batting bonus points. They started badly, however, with their first three batsmen all falling to catches at second slip. Wes Durstonand Dan Redfern stayed together and their stroke-play became ever more fluent. They stayed until lunch, taken at 127 for three, and continued afterwards until their partnership was broken after they had added 178, only 18 short of Derbyshire’s record for this wicket against Hampshire.Durston reached his hundred from only 97 balls with 16 fours and three sixes, and he hit two more sixes before he was out.
Redfern batted on beautifully and he too completed his century, his second of the season (and career): he was eventually out for 133 from 161 balls (18 fours and a six). Ross Whiteley, David Wainwright, Jon Clare and Tom Poynton all made useful contributions, but it was the last wicket partnership between Palladino and Tim Groenewald which made the day for Derbyshire. When they came together Derbyshire were still 41 runs short of their fifth batting bonus point: there were still twenty overs remaining, but even though Hampshire claimed the second new ball, they looked in little trouble and Palladino finished the job with three fours in five balls.
Derbyshire declared immediately and the teams shook hands at the end of two interesting days.
Hampshire 352 for 8 dec (96 overs) (JHK Adams 122, BM Shafayat 93, JM Vince 36, SM Ervine 24; JL Clare 2 for 57, DJ Wainwright 2 for 61, AP Palladino 2 for 71)
Derbyshire (overs) (DJ Redfern 133, WJ Durston 121, RA Whiteley 23, DJ Wainwright 23, AP Palladino 22*, TD Groenewald 20*, JL Clare 20; K Ali 3 for 60, JA Tomlinson 3 for 101, DJ Balcombe 2 for 69)
Match Drawn: Hampshire 10 points, Derbyshire 10 points
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