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Day 4 of 4
Match Drawn

Derbys vs Leics

Derbyshire earn draw

Langeveldt: late wickets

LV County Championship - Division Two
Day Four - DerbyDerbyshire 208 (C J L Rogers 52) & 200 v Leicestershire 189 (C K Langeveldt 4-39, G G Wagg 4-45) & 202-8 (J Allenby 72 no, G G Wagg 4-52)
Derbyshire (8pts) drew with Leicestershire (7pts)

With Leicestershire on the verge of an unlikely victory, two late wickets from Charl Langeveldt saved Derbyshire on the final day of their LV County Championship match.

Chasing 220 from 58 overs, Leicestershire were in trouble on 100-6 before a stand of 93 between James Allenby and Tom Smith put them back in contention.

The visitors needed 27 from the last four overs but with Langeveldt holding a sharp return catch to remove Smith for 42 and Claude Henderson holing out to long-on, Allenby and Nadeem Malik guided Leicestershire to 202-8.

A tense final day began with Leicestershire taking the key wicket of Wavell Hinds (33) without a run added to the total.

Greg Smith and Jon Clare then fell to Malik and Henderson respectively, leaving the home side on 153-7, only 172 runs in front.

Dan Birch and Jamie Pipe then used up 23 overs, with their eighth-wicket stand only halted when the former edged Smith into Paul Nixon's gloves just before lunch.

Pipe (20) then fell to Henderson before Smith removed Graham Wagg's middle stump.

Leicestershire then began their chase and were soon on 23-2 after Matt Boyce fell to Langeveldt and Tom New skied a hook off Wagg to Dominic Telo at square leg.

Jacques Du Toit (18) fell lbw to Wagg, with Derbyshire scenting victory when Boeta Dippenaar pushed a return catch back to the same bowler.

Leicestershire were then in deep trouble 88-5 after Ackerman sliced a drive at Hinds to gully, with Nixon (11) became another Wagg victim.

Allenby (72) and Smith then swung the match back towards Leicestershire until Langeveldt's late double strike forced the former to call off the chase.

Day three

A dogged display from Paul Nixon and Tom Smith for the seventh wicket got Leicestershire out of jail against Derbyshire on day three at the County Ground.

The former England wicketkeeper and the all-rounder ground out 73 runs in 46 overs to keep their team in the match before Charl Langeveldt and Graham Wagg polished off the tail.

Four wickets apiece from Langeveldt and Wagg saw Leicestershire finish on 189, giving the home side a slender 19-run lead.

With Dan Birch unwell, Derbyshire opened their second innings with Jake Needham, who took his promotion well, batting for 49 overs.

Needham made 36 off his 147 balls, outlasting Chris Rogers and Dominic Telo, who both fell on 20, before edging a drive five overs before stumps.

By the close of play Derbyshire had reached 134 for four, increasing their lead to 153 and leaving the game nicely poised going into the final day.

Day Two

Derbyshire and Leicestershire both struggled with the bat on a second rain-affected day of their game at Derby.

Resuming on a promising 111-3, Derbyshire were tumbled over for 208 as James Allenby took 3-19 for the Foxes to help put them on the front foot.

However, they themselves then struggled in the bowler-friendly conditions, as they could only stutter along to 117-6 as Charl Langeveldt took three wickets against his former club.

After a late start Wavell Hinds was run out on 44 which led to Derbyshire losing three wickets for just 12 runs either side of the lunch break.

They soon found themselves dismissed for 208, but Leicestershire hardly started their reply in good fashion as Tom New went in the seventh over with the score only on 12.

Matthew Boyce and Jacques De Toit built the highest partnership of just 40 as wickets continued to tumble, including three for Langeveldt in just 32 balls as he put his former side to the sword.

Leicestershire scrambled to the close of play still 91 runs behind but with just four wickets left heading into the third day.

Day One

Chris Rogers hit fifty against his former club to help dig Derbyshire out of a hole against Leicestershire in their Division Two match.

Australian left-hander Rogers hit 52 and shared a third-wicket stand of 96 with Wavell Hinds to take Derbyshire from 15-2 to 11-3 by the close of play on one of the many rain-interrupted matches in the County Championship.

The Foxes struck early when Nadeem Malik had Dan Birch caught behind for three, before on-loan Lancashire seamer found an edge off Dominic Telo caught by Boeta Dippenaar at slip.

With Derbyshire reeling on 15-2 Rogers and Hinds had to dig in on a seamer-friendly wicket, while several rain breaks did not help them try and find their feet.

Play resumed after a lengthy break just after 3pm and Rogers and Hinds finally started to assert themselves, steering Derbyshire into three figures while Rogers moved past fifty.

His innings was ended on 52 though when his drive of James Allenby's bowling was superbly caught by a diving Dippenaar.

Skipper Rikki Clarke joined Hinds at the crease but did not face a ball when the day's play was ended after just 30.1 overs with nearly 66 overs lost to the weather.

Match Details

11th Jul 2008
Racecourse Ground, Derby
R J Bailey and G I Burgess