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Durston and Redfern hit centuries as Derbyshire stay top

Derbyshire remain top of the LV=County Championship Division Two table after an impressive final day batting performances saw the visitors secure maximum batting points at the Ageas Bowl.

In a match decimated by rain, Hampshire declared overnight on 352-8, ensuring Derbyshire’s first innings in the final day would be a quest for bonus points.

Full batting points looked a long way off early doors however, with Paul Borrington (4), Martin Guptill (4) and Wayne Madsen (8) all departing early as the visitors were reduced to 37-3.

Any prospect of Hampshire making light work of Derbyshire were dashed however by Wes Durston and Dan Redfern, the pair taking Derbyshire to 127-3 at Lunch, the former securing his half century in the process.

The pair continued to build on their partnership with both looking in imperious form full of intent and aggression as the visitors soon secured their first batting point with both looking assured at the crease.

The  afternoon continued to favour the visitors and the in-form Durston was looking every bit as good as he had six days earlier against the Unicorns in the CB40.

 The result of his innings, too, was very much the same as the 31-year-old brought up his second century in under a week from just 97 balls, including 17 fours and three sixes; Redfern’s 50 coming up shortly after.

The centurion’s innings came to an end on 121 to bring to a close a 178 run partnership with Dan Redfern; Derbyshire 215-4.

The wicket of Durston did little to check Derbyshire’s momentum, and a sweep for four from Redfern gave the left-hander a well deserved second century of the campaign, this one coming from 125 balls including 15 fours and a six.

After losing the wicket of Ross Whiteley for 23, Derbyshire went in to Tea shortly after on 285-5, 67 runs behind the hosts’ first innings score; Redfern 109* and David Wainwright 5*.

Post Tea, Wainwright fell after adding a further 18 to his score and with Derbyshire just 67 runs away from securing maximum batting point, Redfern’s superb innings finally came to a close, caught and bowled James Tomlinson, for a career best 133 from 161 deliveries with 18 fours and one six.

Jon Clare (20) and Tom Poynton (10) continued to edge Derbyshire closer to 400 however it was left to Tony Palladino (22*) and Tim Groenewald (20*) to see the side to maximum batting points.

Having done so, both teams shook hands, taking 10 points apiece in the process; a good return for Derbyshire considering the abandonment of the first two days and a draw that ensures the side remain top of the table.

Derbyshire will now travel to Birmingham where they take on the Warwickshire Bears in the Clydesdale Bank 40, having beaten the Unicorns in the first match, before returning to LV=County Championship next Wednesday against Glamorgan at The County Ground.

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