Warwickshire v Derbyshire at Edgbaston on 10th to 13th April 2013: LV= County Championship: Division 1
By John Brown
Derbyshire started their First Division campaign with a visit to the 2012 champions at Edgbaston. On a cold, grey day Warwickshire won the toss and asked Derbyshire to bat first on a pitch which gave early help to the seam bowlers.
Both Billy Godleman, making his first-class debut for Derbyshire, and Wayne Madsen fell to catches at first slip before Wes Durston and the new overseas signing, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, steadied things for a while.
Runs proved hard to come by so the score at lunch, after 29 overs, was only 50 for two. Durston was out soon after the interval for a well-made 32, while Chanderpaul concentrated almost entirely on defencel. Dan Redfern played as fluently as anyone all day as he reached 34 from forty-five balls.
He was fourth out with the score on 105, after which three more wickets fell in eight overs while twelve runs were added. 117 for seven looked most unpromising for the visitors, so Derbyshire were indebted to the late-order batsmen, in particular Tony Palladino and to a lesser extent by Chesney Hughes and Mark Turner, as they almost doubled the score and earned their team a batting point.
When the ninth wicket fell Derbyshire still needed 29 to reach two hundred, but Palladino and Turner proved up to the task, much to Warwickshire’s frustration, as they added 55 at five runs an over. This was the highest partnership of the innings, but Derbyshire will have been disappointed not to have consolidated a reasonable position in the middle order.
Warwickshire had six overs to bat before the close, but these were reduced to four by bad light, despite the use of floodlights, and their openers survived comfortably enough – 14-0.
There was no play at all on the second day as persistent rain kept everyone off the field, and it was not until after tea on the third day that Warwickshire were able to resume their innings. There followed four more rain interruptions before the close – twenty more overs were bowled while the overnight score was taken from 14 to 90 without a wicket falling.
The fourth day began in better weather, but the forecast for the afternoon was poor. Chopra and Westwood continued their opening stand until Westwood was well caught low down by Ross Whiteley with the total on 139. Derbyshire were behind with their over-rate, so spin was introduced at both ends. This proved to be the secret weapon for which they had been searching, and Durston and Hughes took three quick wickets between them.
With fifteen minutes left before lunch Warwickshire, mindful of the promised rain, pushed on for the 28 runs they needed to secure a batting point. Evans and Ambrose just managed this with two balls to spare before the interval. The rain duly arrived and there was no resumption after lunch, with the umpires eventually deciding that there could be no more play at 3.44pm.
So the match was abandoned as a draw, and the two counties were left frustrated while the other three First division matches were played to a finish, each with a positive result.
Derbyshire 226 (87.1 overs) (AP Palladino 68, DJ Redfern 34, WJ Durston 32, CF Hughes 20; JS Patel 3 for 37, CJC Wright 3 for 48)
Warwickshire 201 for 4 (59 overs) (V Chopra 76, IJ Westwood 56; WJ Durston 2 for 32)
Match Drawn: Warwickshire 7 points, Derbyshire 5
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