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Match drawn after more rain in Birmingham

PoyntonDerbyshire claimed four wickets in the morning session to claim a bowling point, before more rain returned to Edgbaston as Karl Krikken’s side had to settle for a draw in their opening LV= County Championship fixture with Warwickshire.

Tim Groenewald picked up Derbyshire’s first wicket of the new campaign before the visitors claimed three more wickets in quick concession just prior to the lunch interval.

Wes Durston claimed his first wicket with his third delivery of the day, a feat that was repeated by spin partner Chesney Hughes who picked up the wicket of the in-form Varun Chopra for 76.

Tom Poynton stumped Jim Troughton as Durston claimed his second wicket just before lunch, but no further play was possible, as Derbyshire claimed 5 points in a rain-effected encounter.

After the last two days had been heavily effected by rain, Krikken and his men would have been pleased to see the sun at the start of the final day in Birmingham. 

The hosts started Day 4 positively as both Chopra and Ian Westwood both reached 50 inside the first hour of play, as Warwickshire moved onto 139 without loss.

But Derbyshire finally found the breakthrough soon after in the 43rd over as Westwood was caught in the covers by Ross Whiteley for 56, as Groenewald (1-48) claimed the side’s first wicket in 2013.

Spin duo Durston (2-32) and Hughes (1-19) were introduced soon after and the pair would quickly shift the momentum in favour of the visitors.

Durston claimed his first wicket with his third delivery of the day, as new batsman William Porterfield was caught once again by Whiteley for six. And Derbyshire claimed their third wicket in the very next over as Hughes collected the prized wicket of Chopra for 76 after he was superbly caught behind by Poynton.  

The 23-year-old wicketkeeper was involved in the county’s fourth wicket, as Durston picked up his second when he saw Jim Troughton was stumped by Poynton for 5 to end an entraining first session, with Warwickshire on 201-4.

However, the rain would return during the lunch interval and unfortunately no further play was possible, and just before 4.00pm play was abandoned and the match was declared a draw. Derbyshire claimed 5 points while Warwickshire pick up 7 points.

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