It was a good day for Derbyshire as cricket returned to The County Ground ahead of the new campaign, which begins next Thursday, April 5th at home to Northants.
Having been set a target of 175 from 50 overs, the hosts cruised to the total inside 32 overs, however in truth the result of the match was always of secondary importance.
Earlier in the proceedings, Yorkshire had set about the task of building an innings in a solid manner with both Adam Lyth and Alexander Lees giving few chances in the early exchanges.
The pair had just brought the 50 up when The County Ground witnessed the first dismissal of 2012 with Lees (25) edging to Dan Redfern, who took a sharp catch two handed low to his right at second slip off Tim Groenewald’s first over.
Richard Pyrah, who had initially looked slightly nervous at the crease, had reached 20 before he advanced unsuccessfully on former teammate David Wainwright, stumped by a good six feet by Tom Poynton to leave Yorkshire 98-2 in the 26th over.
Gerard Brophy then accompanied Lyth, the latter bringing up a deserved half century in the 30th over, the milestone coming from 83 deliveries and including six fours, as the pair took the Yorkshire total first past 100 and then 150 in the 43rd over.
With Yorkshire displaying little urgency as the batsmen looked to spend time in the middle, the visitors had reached 175-2 from their allotted 50 overs; Lyth impressive with an unbeaten 82, Brophy 40 not out at the other end.
The Derbyshire bowlers bowled with discipline and all getting valuable overs under their belt with figures below:
Tony Palladino: 10-1-38-0
Mark Footitt: 7-0-29-0
Tim Groenewald: 5-1-10-1
Mark Turner: 5-0-25-0
David Wainwright: 10-1-23-1
Ross Whiteley: 5-1-18-0
Alasdair Evans: 3-0-15-0
Chesney Hughes: 5-0-13-0
In reply, Derbyshire lost Paul Borrington for 0, the opener edging to Pyrah at 2nd slip off Oliver Hannon-Dalby at the start of the third over, meaning the introduction of captain Wayne Madsen.
At the other end, Chesney Hughes had looked both comfortable and confident in reaching 19, only to be clean bowled by Hannon-Dalby two balls after receiving a nasty blow in the midriff that had required treatment; Derbyshire 34-2.
34-2 swiftly became 34-3 as Alex Lilley, replacing Moin Ashraf, bowled Madsen with his first delivery for 11 in the 10th over.
If Derbyshire’s start had been a tentative one, what followed was an impressive spell of flamboyant and fluid batting from Wes Durston and Dan Redfern, as the pair began to put the Yorkshire bowlers to the sword with an array of boundaries; the highlight being the latter’s clip over long on for six.
The acceleration of the innings was such that the hosts brought about their second 50 from just 5.4 overs, taking large chunks out of the deficit in the process.
However shortly after Redfern and brought up his 50 from 34 deliveries, including seven fours and one six, Durston’s well constructed innings ended as he fell LBW to Pyrah for 40 from 45 balls; Derbyshire 124-4 from 22 overs.
The dismissal of Durston did little to deter Redfern who continued to bat beautifully, bringing up the Derbyshire 150 in no time, meaning that the last 100 runs had been made from just 11.1 overs.
The victory target of 176 was promptly reached on the final ball of the 32nd over by Whiteley, who himself was looking good, however it had already been agreed that the two sides would play on for the remainder of the 50 overs.
With victory assured, neither Redfern nor Whiteley were in any mood to slow the pace, and upon bringing up the 200, the former was soon completing a majestic hundred, brought up from just 76 balls, including 17 fours and a six.
It was then Whiteley’s turn to take the lead and it wasn’t long before the left-hander was bringing up his 50, coming from 56 balls with eight fours and a six; Derbyshire 248-5 with 10 overs remaining.
Some lusty blows in the final 10 overs saw Whiteley finish 76 not out, supported by Wainwright, who ended unbeaten on 14; Derbyshire closing their innings 288-5.
Yorkshire bowling figures below:
Oliver Hannon-Dalby: 9-1-40-2
Moin Ashraf: 4-1-10-0
Alex Lilley: 4-0-23-1
Richard Pyrah: 13-0-81-1
David Girling: 3-0-23-0
Gurman Randhawa: 4-0-33-0
Azeem Rariq: 12-1-59-1
Adam Lyth: 1-0-11-0
Pre-season preperations conclude at The County Ground with a two day match against Warwickshire, beginning tomorrow at 11am, before Northants are the visitors in the LV=County Championship on Thursday, April 5th.
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