Durham v Derbyshire at Chester-le-Street on 8th to 11th July: LV= County Championship: Division 1
By John Brown
After playing four Friends Life t20 matches, Derbyshire drove north to play Durham in a return to the four-day stuff in the hottest spell of the season so far.
Derbyshire played both their wicketkeepers - Richard Johnson and Tom Poynton - with Johnson selected to open the batting in place of Billy Godleman while Poynton kept wicket.
They were pleased to win the toss and invite Durham to bat first in the hope that they might take early wickets on the fresh pitch. Mark Footitt took an early wicket in his second over, but comparative newcomer, Keaton Jennings and Borthwick added 48 in less than ten overs before the latter was another Footitt victim.
Durham went to lunch at 97 for two, and made good progress in the afternoon. Although they were 132 for four at one stage, Jennings and Mustard added 60 together before the interval. They continued after tea until Wes Durston took two wickets in one over; 222 for six. The first of these was Jennings for a well-crafted 93 from 222 balls.
The new ball was taken four overs later and, in his first over, Footitt took three wickets. Derbyshire had every reason to feel pleased with themselves after what had seemed an unpromising situation. Durham’s last pair lasted just four more overs before Footitt bowled the last man to record a career-best six for 53.
Derbyshire had eight overs to bat before the close, and they went in at 15 for one. Hopes were high on the second morning – the prospect of batting all day and taking a comfortable lead seemed very inviting. These hopes were soon dashed, however, as both overnight batsmen were dismissed during the first eight balls of the day. Once again Shivnarine Chanderpaul was left to lead the middle-order in trying to recover the situation.
After a dashing sixteen from Durston, three more wickets fell and Derbyshire were in the desperate position of 51 for six which, all too soon, became 69 for eight. It was a very disappointing performance, which was only slightly improved when David Wainwright, supported by Tim Groenewald and Footitt, helped to add a further 44 for the last two wickets. Footitt only faced five balls, the first four of them going to the boundary and the fifth taking out his middle stump.
Derbyshire had just saved the possibility of being asked to follow on, but it is probable, given the enervating weather conditions, that Durham would have batted again anyway. This they did with a lead of 140 and, although an early wicket fell again, the Derbyshire bowlers, who must have been expecting a longer rest after their first-innings efforts, were unable to emulate the consistent line and length shown by the four Durham seamers.
Jennings batted in his own calm way once again while his second-wicket partner, Borthwick, played freely and this pair added 168 from fifty overs. Borthwick (155 balls – 16 fours and 2 sixes) was first out having made 117. By the close of the second day, Durham were in the virtually unbeatable position of 208 for two – 348 runs in the lead and two whole days to go.
Durham continued on the third day with Jennings reaching his seemingly inevitable maiden championship century from 247 balls. He was eventually eighth out, run out, for 123 following a fine throw from the extra-cover boundary by Groenewald. Dan Redfern claimed a career-best three wickets for 33 in a tidy thirteen-over spell. Durham declared forty minutes after lunch, thus leaving the nominal target of 472 runs in 154 overs.
Derbyshire slipped to 20 for three in twelve overs and, once again, the top-order let them down as the score slumped to 49 for five. Chanderpaul and Poynton came together and restored some credibility with a stand of 98 before Chanderpaul edged Rushworth to the wicket-keeper for 76.
Wainwright stayed with Poynton until there were only five overs left before the scheduled close. Jonathan Clare stayed until those overs had been bowled, and there was some surprise when Durham chose not to claim the extra half-hour in an effort to finish the match in three days.
As it happened only sixteen balls were needed on the fourth morning and Derbyshire had lost their last three wickets, although Groenewald was clearly unlucky with his decision. As a result of this heavy defeat, Derbyshire remain at the foot of the First Division table while Durham moved up to second position with a match in hand.
Derbyshire’s next match in the Championship will be played at Chesterfield next week when Yorkshire will be the visitors (Wednesday, 17th to Saturday, 20th July).
Durham 253 (86 overs) (KK Jennings 93, P Mustard 52, WR Smith 43, SG Borthwick 22; MHA Footitt 6 for 53, WJ Durston 2 for 29, TD Groenewald 2 for 52)
331 for 9 dec (95.1 overs) (KK Jennings 123, SG Borthwick 117, WR Smith 22; DJ Redfern 3 for 33, JL Clare 2 for 51, DJ Wainwright 2 for 79)
Derbyshire 113 (41.4 overs) (DJ Wainwright 18*; C Rushworth 6 for 64, CD Thorp 2 for 11, MA Wood 2 for 18)
192 (60.4 overs) (S Chanderpaul 76, T Poynton 58*; C Rushworth 4 for 39, BA Stokes 4 for 62)
Durham (21 points) beat Derbyshire (3) by 279 runs
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