Yorkshire will resume Day Two on 127-2 after rain ensured only one ball was possible after Lunch.
Having won the toss, Derbyshire elected to field first and the visitors struck early, with opener Phil Jaques (3) misjudging a Tim Groenewald (pictured) delivery and leaving a ball that consequently hit the Australian’s stumps.
Adam Lyth and captain Andrew Gale then batted positively and fluently for the next hour; adding 87 runs for the second wicket.
However the latter fell for 47, top edging a pull to Mark Turner at fine leg off the bowling of Ross Whiteley.
Lyth’s 50 followed shortly after, arriving from just 77 deliveries with seven fours, as the hosts moved to 123-2 at Lunch.
Upon resumption, just a single Tony Palladino delivery was possible – dispatched for four by Lyth – before rain brought an untimely end to Day One.
Yorkshire will resume in the morning on 127-2 with Lyth 60* and Gary Ballance 11*.
Derbyshire: Wayne Madsen (c), Matt Lineker, Usman Khawaja, Wes Durston, Dan Redfern, Ross Whiteley, Tom Poynton (wk), David Wainwright, Tony Palladino, Tim Groenewald, Mark Turner.
Yorkshire: Adam Lyth, Phil Jaques, Andrew Gale (c), Gary Ballance, Anthony McGrath, Adil Rashid, Andy Hodd (wk), Azeem Rafiq, Ryan Sidebottom, Steven Patterson, Moin Ashraf.
Both Derbyshire and Yorkshire will go into Wednesday’s LV=County Championship fixture knowing full well the significance of the tie.
For Yorkshire, a win on their home turf would see them chip away at Derbyshire’s already impressive lead at the summit of the division, whereas for Derbyshire, victory would give Karl Krikken’s men substantial breathing space in their pursuit of playing Division One cricket next season.
The league table currently shows Derbyshire holding an impressive, although not unassailable, 26 point lead over Hampshire and Yorkshire who are tied in second place and still with a game in hand.
The White Rose county will be desperately hoping for four dry days in order to glean as many points out of a fixture that, from a Yorkshire viewpoint, is beginning to look like a must win if they are to achieve promotion as the division’s top team.
The weather wasn’t kind to them when the two sides clashed last month at Chesterfield in a fixture that saw barely a full days play due to heavy rain scarring an already saturated outfield.
However Derbyshire will be all too aware of the threat posed by their neighbours from the North, as even with so little play possible they were reduced to 135 for 7.
Yorkshire have always had a great tradition of producing seam bowling talent, and with local born quick’s Sidebottom, Patterson, Ashraf and Pyrah, augmented by the pace, Derbyshire will be presented with a stiff examination whenever they are required to bat this week.
One thing that will encourage the Derbyshire players and supporters alike are the number of notable absentees from the Yorkshire squad for the match.
Jonny Bairstow has been called up to the England squad alongside Tim Bresnan, while White Rose team mates Mitchell Starc and Joe Root will be facing off against each other when the England Lions take on Australia ‘A’ in a match starting on Tuesday at Edgbaston.
However Derbyshire won’t want to dwell on the opposition too much, and with a stable of fast bowling talent that has hitherto proved more potent than any of the other teams in the division bar Kent, Madsen’s men ought to feel fully justified in believing they can come away from Headingly Carnegie with a win.
Such a result would arguably leave Yorkshire with too much to do over their remaining fixtures to finish first in the division, and would go a long way to giving Derbyshire the chance to contest county cricket’s greatest prize next season.
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