Hampshire dominated the final day, but a spirited Derbyshire lower-order, led by David Wainwright and Alex Hughes, survived to salvage a draw at the Ageas Bowl.
Rain washed out the morning session, but when play finally got underway at 2.30pm, Derbyshire endured a disastrous period of play in which they lost five quick wickets.
In favourable conditions, James Tomlinson (2-16) and Matt Coles (2-22) produced a devastating spell of seam bowling to reduce the visitors from 31-0 to 51-5 at Tea.
Wainwright and Hughes, however, stemmed the surge of wickets with a spirited 43-run stand in 11 overs after the restart. The pair batted admirably before Wainwright was seventh man out for 22, with Derbyshire 94-7 with 22 overs still scheduled for the day.
Tony Palladino (2) was eighth man out, but Hughes (18 not out) remained firm despite the toppling of regular wicket. New batsman Tim Groenewald (4 not out) remained with his younger partner before rain returned to stop play with 15 overs still left.
Graeme Welch says the squad enter Friday’s NatWest T20 Blast derby against Nottinghamshire with the belief that they can kick-start their campaign.
Welch says the squad are all looking forward to this Friday's NatWest T20 Blast clash and hopes they can get their campaign back on track with a good performance against their local rivals.
“The games come quick and fast and the lads are 100 per cent looking forward to resuming the old rivalry against Notts,” Welch said. “It should be a packed house, good crowd and hopefully we can perform as we know we can, put on a good show and get a good result.
“Momentum is a key word in Twenty20 cricket and if we can get on a roll then we can still have a successful campaign. Every game we go in to we try to win. We’ve had a few good days in Hampshire and hopefully this can give us the confidence against Notts and for the rest of the campaign.
With less than a week to go until Derbyshire Falcons’ NatWest T20 Blast local derby versus Nottinghamshire Outlaws, tickets are selling 17% faster than at this stage last season when the match was heading for a 4,999 sell-out.
The Falcons go head-to-head with the Outlaws this coming Friday, 6th June, with a 7pm start at The 3aaa County Ground - and the Club is urging supporters to make sure of their ticket by purchasing well in advance.
Chief Executive Simon Storey said: “The buzz created by last year’s sell-out has brought a real sense of excitement about this season‘s fixture.
“With local rivalry, plenty of entertainment and hopefully some sunshine, it should be a great NatWest T20 Blast Friday night out.
“Look out for announcements from the Club throughout the week regarding the availability of tickets.
Tony Palladino hit a rear-guard unbeaten 60 to help Derbyshire fightback on Day Three, with the visitors set 346 to win on the final day against Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl.
A battling 65-run partnership between Palladino and Tim Groenewald (23) helped the visitors recover from a precarious position on 180-8 to 257 all out in the morning session, sealing two bonus batting points and ensuring their side would avoid the follow-on.
In reply, Hampshire declared in the evening session on 214-5, to set Derbyshire, who closed the day on 31-0, 346 to win on Day Four.
It was a gritty performance from the Derbyshire lower-order and, in particular, from Palladino and Groenewald. The pair came together with the score on 180-8, still needing another 59 runs to avoid the follow-on.
The pair, however, battled hard in the face of some hostile bowling from Kyle Abbott and sharp turn from Danny Briggs. They batted freely to add 65 runs in 15 overs to move their side past the follow-on target.
Wes Durston produced a fine all-round performance as Derbyshire Second XI claimed an 80-run victory against MCC Young Cricketer’s at Shenley.
Batting first, Derbyshire posted 247-6 off their 50 overs thanks to an excellent knock from Durston. The right-handed batsman hit seven fours and two sixes in his 88-ball 84.
He was ably assisted by opener Ben Slater who added 44 (4 fours), Tom Wood who hit 45 off 47 balls (4 fours, 1 six) and Greg Cork who was unbeaten on 33 off 36 balls (1 four, 2 sixes).
In response, MCC Young Cricketer’s were put in a spin by Durston and Chesney Hughes as the hosts were dismissed for 167 in 36.1 overs.
The spin bowling duo claimed four wickets apiece, with Hughes returning figures of 4-44 off his 10 overs, while Durston finished with 4-41 off 9.1 overs. Tom Knight (1-26 off six 6 overs) and Matt Higginbottom (1-28 off 5) claimed the remaining wickets to complete an 80-run victory for the Second XI.
Stephen Moore hit a half-century as Derbyshire ended Day Two on 166-7 after Hampshire had earlier been dismissed for 388 at the Ageas Bowl.
Moore hit six fours in his patient 53 off 122 balls, while Alex Hughes added 32, but the visitors closed the day still trailing by 222 runs with three wickets remaining.
This after Hampshire had added 56 runs for the final three wickets in the morning session, before Tim Groenewald (3-95) and Mark Footitt (3-91) removed the tail midway through the session.
Wicketkeeper Michael Bates hit the majority of the morning runs for the hosts, striking five fours in his knock of 50, but after a frustrating opening 30 minutes of play, Groenewald and Footitt responded to end the innings.
Moore led the Derbyshire reply with a very good 53, enjoying useful partnerships with Wayne Madsen (21) and Marcus North (14), but when Moore fell, Derbyshire were in a spot of bother on 101-4.
Tom Poynton, who lost his father tragically in April and has been ruled out of playing this season, recently appeared on TV to launch a project aimed at step changing relations between Cricket Derbyshire and the county’s 25,000 strong British/South Asian community.
On Tuesday 1, Wednesday 2, and Thursday 3 July, a full strength India Test Match squad - captained by MS Dhoni and including the likes of Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja and Guatam Gambhir - will face Derbyshire at The 3aaa County Ground in a three day match.
Poynton's India Club will aim to ensure that the visit leaves a legacy in the Club and throughout the county.
The Derbyshire wicketkeeper is chairing a high-flying group of advisors containing the likes of Baggy Shanker (Sinfin & Osmaston Councillor)), Kultaran Singh (Managing Director, HSKS Greenhalgh Accountants) Sunny Sharma (Director, Datron Ltd) and Narinder Sharma (Chief Executive, Derbyshire Carers).
The group is tasked with grasping the opportunity to welcome and engage the British Indian population to play, attend and follow cricket in Derbyshire and - in the process - to maximise attendances at the game and welcome dinner.
Tony Palladino claimed four wickets but Hampshire enjoyed the better of a tightly-fought opening day of the LV= County Championship fixture at the Ageas Bowl.
Adam Wheater top scored with a run a ball 87 to help the hosts recover after Palladino claimed three quick wickets after the Lunch interval during a stunning spell of bowling.
Will Smith and Jimmy Adams had earlier added 82 and 60 respectively, before two late wickets from Tim Groenewald pegged the hosts back, but they still able to close in a strong position on 332-7.
It was a frustrating morning for the Derbyshire bowlers after Wayne Madsen had won the toss and elected to field first.
Jimmy Adams was dropped at slip when only on two, but he and opening partner Smith remained unbeaten at lunch with Hampshire 110-0, despite a few close calls and some good bowling from the Derbyshire seamers.
Derbyshire return to red ball action tomorrow as they continue their LV= County Championship campaign against Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl; 11am start.
Despite an eye-catching century from Stephen Moore (128) and five wickets in the match from Mark Footitt, Derbyshire drew their first meeting against Jimmy Adam’s side in a rain-affected fixture at The 3aaa County Ground in April.
Hampshire enter the fixture on the back of a convincing 278-run victory against Leicestershire which moved them back to the top of the Division Two table.
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