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Hughes carries bat in record-breaking innings

ChesneyHughesChesney Hughes carried his bat to complete the second highest first-class score in Derbyshire’s 143-year history as he was left unbeaten on 270, as the visitors posted 475 on Day 2 against Yorkshire at Headingley.

The 22-year-old’s incredible innings included 40 fours and three sixes, as the left handed batsman batted for just over nine hours facing 415 balls for his career-best score of 270, but he was let stranded just four runs short of Derbyshire’s all-time record as the visitors were dismissed for 475.

Yorkshire had 46 overs to face before stumps and on a placid Headingley pitch the hosts closed on 164-1, as Tim Groenewald claimed the visitors’ only wicket on a memorable day in Leeds.

Derbyshire Batting Coach Dave Houghton said: “Chesney batted beautifully. Karl [Krikken] showed faith in him and brought him back into the side and this gave him the confidence first of all – and it was a magnificence knock and well deserved. 

“It was good to watch from a coach’s point of view. You can see where Chesney has developed over the last few weeks as before he was quick to flash at deliveries, but today and yesterday he had a really good mixture of aggression and control.

“When batting that long it is also important that you remain focus and Chesney did that brilliantly. He was of course a little disappointed not to get the all-time record, but second highest of all-time is not too bad to have.” 

Derbyshire suffered an early set-back on Day 2 as Dan Redfern’s attempted drive off Tim Bresnan was caught at second slip by Adam Lyth for 14, reducing the visitors to 302-5.

But Hughes and new batsman David Wainwright managed to keep the scoreboard ticking over and at a good rate. The pair moved towards the side’s fourth batting point and duly earned the extra point in the 109th over – the same over in each Hughes completed his individual landmark.

A single off Patterson took the 22-year-old to his maiden first-class double hundred from 328 balls, including 30 fours and 3 sixes.

Hughes and Wainwright continued their excellent partnership moving the scores within touching distance of 400, before the latter was finally removed trapped in front by Adil Rashid for 18 to reduce Derbyshire to 383-6 from 116 overs.

The visitors lost Jonathan Clare for five shortly after, but Hughes found another reliably partner in Tom Poynton and together took Derbyshire onto 416-7 at Lunch.

In the afternoon session, Hughes continued to work his way up the all-time Derbyshire list, moving past Captain Wayne Madsen’s 231*, which he compiled against Northamptonshire last season, to complete the 10th highest individual score in the Club’s history.  

But the left-handed batsman was beginning to run out of partners as Poynton was dismissed for 27 in the 130th over. Tony Palladino produced some more defiant resistance, hitting two boundaries on his way to 18 before he became Jack Brooks' first victim to leave Derbyshire 474-9.

At this stage, Hughes had moved onto 269, the second highest individual score in the Club’s history. The powerful all-rounder hit 40 fours and three sixes in his incredible record-breaking innings, but he would fall just four runs of the all-time record, behind George Davidson’s 274 compiled against Lancashire in 1896, as he was left stranded on 270.

The opening bat carried his bat for the second highest individual first-class score in Derbyshire’s 143-year history, helping Derbyshire post a mammoth 475 in their first innings.

Yorkshire safely navigated the 13 overs before Lunch moving onto 53-0 with Lyth 28 not out and Joe Root unbeaten on 25.  And the pair continued their high-scoring rate after the restart as both reached their half centuries shortly after, before Derbyshire finally claimed their first wicket courtesy of Groenewald.

The paceman’s lifting delivery was edged by Lyth (69) to Redfern at second slip who made no mistake, reducing the hosts to 126-1 after 33 overs.  And Root (75*) and Phil Jaques (15*) saw out the remaining 12 overs to close on 164-1.

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