By Jake Needham
The Derbyshire second XI finished their Championship season off with an emphatic victory against the MCC universities XI.
The game began with the Derbyshire captain Paul Borrington (pictured) winning the toss and deciding to bat first on a Fenners wicket that looked full of runs.
However from the second ball of the match Ben Slater got a ball that left him off the seam and he was gleefully pouched at first slip.
Borrington and Hughes combined nicely to add 88 for the second wicket, the latter notching up another typically powerful half century before he fell to the introduction of MacQueen’s spin.
In the next over, the new batsman, Tom Hamilton was struck with a vicious bouncer that caused a nasty gash above the batsman’s eye, causing him to retire hurt.
Wickets continued to fall steadily, and at 182 for 5, Derbyshire were in danger of not making the advantage of batting first count.
This changed with firstly the invention and energy of Chris Durham who exhibited all the usual traits of a wicket keeper with an array of sweep shots and neatly stolen singles. Durham was finally dismissed for 65 coming at a good rate from only 105 deliveries.
If Durham’s spritely cameo was the starter, Peter Burgoyne’s maiden century for the second XI was the rump steak main course.
Burgoyne completely wrestled the initiative the way of the visitors with a brilliantly belligerent innings filled with powerful drives and uncompromising pull shots. His century included 13 boundaries as well as one enormous straight six. Burgoyne’s innings allowed Borrington to declare their first innings closed at 361 for 7.
The Derbyshire bowlers found successes hard to come as they set about their task of bowling the home side out. The students followed Burgoyne’s lead and scored at four and a half runs per over in achieving their total of 261, the bowling spoils going to the young Chesterfield swing bowler Matt Higginbottom; who recorded impressive figures of 4 for 64.
With a lead of 100 going into the second innings a positive intent was needed from the Derbyshire line up in order to allow themselves enough time to bowl the students out a second time around.
Ben Slater put his first innings duck behind him and provided the back bone of the innings with a composed 88. However Borrington had the ignominious honour of being the opening batsman to register a duck this time around when Endersby made a mess of his stumps.
Jim Morrison , Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain will be happy to welcome three more members to their ’27 club’ with Alex Hughes, Hamza Siddique and Chris Durham all perishing with that score against their name.
It was once again a case of late order impetus provided by Burgoyne (38 from 40) and Higginbottom (15 from 10) that enabled Derbyshire to declare on 249 for 7, setting the MCC universities 350 to win, but crucially allow the bowlers a couple of hours to bowl at the top order before the close of day two.
This is always a tricky period for batsman and so it proved for the students who, under gloomy skies and bowler friendly conditions late on the second day, lost six wickets for only 126 runs effectively extinguishing any hopes that the students may have had of winning.
The Derbyshire attack was looking for a swift resolution to the innings and the match early on day three with Borrington throwing the ball to Gavin Baker, on trial with the club, to finish the innings off.
He bowled with superb control and just enough pace to trouble the lower order returning figures of 5 for 41.
Peter Burgoyne rounded off a fine match for the spinner with figures of 2 for 5 from 10 overs.
Bowling with exceptional accuracy as well as bowling a variety of deliveries including his ‘thumb ball’ an alternative delivery that the spinner has been working on for some time.
The students were eventually all out for 187 giving Borrington’s men a resounding victory by 162 runs, and rounding off the 3 day championship season on a positive note.
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