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Rain denies 2nd XI chance to push on

A good week for Derbyshire's 2nd XI ended with a washout on Thursday, with both T20 matches against Yorkshire in Bingley washed out due to rain.

Heavy overnight rain on Wednesday continued up until 2pm on Thursday, with both matches officially abandoned at 2:30pm.

The abandonment means both sides take two points, a point for each match.

The washout was a disappointing end to what had otherwise been an encouraging start to Derbyshire's 2nx XI T20 campaign, havingĀ got off to a flying start at Belper on Tuesday with back to back victories over their Durham counterparts.

Playing two matches in the day, the first saw Derbyshire win the toss and bat first; the hosts reaching 146-4 from their 20 overs, Chesney Hughes (pictured - 82 from 61 balls) the main protagonist with Ben Slater (24) also contributing.

In reply, Derbyshire were ruthless in the field as Durham slumped to 109 all out from 17.3 overs with Matt Higginbottom impressing with the ball with figures of 3-16 from three overs.

Peter Burgoyne was also amongst the wickets, claiming 2-17 from his four overs; Derbyshire winning comfortably by 37 runs.

In the second match, Derbyshire continued their momentum, despite losing the toss and being asked to bowl first.

The visitors were restricted to 113-9 from their 20 overs with Higginbottom again impressing with figures of 2-14 from three overs, whilst captain Garry Park returned figures of 2-21 from his three.

Derbyshire looked to be struggling in reply, losing Hughes, Park and Slater cheaply, however an unbeaten 55 from 41 balls from Ben McGuire in the middle of the order saw the home side comfortably home inside 18 overs with six wickets to spare.

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