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Derbys vs Northants

Rain wrecks Chesterfield finale

Only 17.1 overs possible on fourth day

Under cover: busy day for the groundstaff

Inclement weather ruined a potentially exciting final day in the LV County Championship Division Two fixture between Derbyshire and Northamptonshire at Chesterfield.

LV County Championship - Division Two Chesterfield Northamptonshire 201 (G M Smith 5-54, J L Clare 4-42) & 469 (D J G Sales 92, J D Middlebrook 84, R I Newton 82, B H Howgego 80, P S Jones 4-96) v Derbyshire 319 (C F Hughes 156, R J Peterson 58, E Chigumbura 5-92) & 76-0 Derbyshire (9pts) drew with Northamptonshire (7pts)

Only 17.1 overs were possible, denying promotion-chasing Northants the opportunity to press for victory against bottom side Derbyshire, who have not won since late April.

Derbyshire resumed on the fourth morning at 30-0 in pursuit of a target of 352 but a violent electrical storm halted played after 35 minutes.

Torrential rain left mini lakes across the Queen's Park outfield and it was three hours before the match could restart.

Sterling work by the groundstaff allowed the umpires to take the players back out at 2.30pm but after 25 minutes another downpour sent the players back to the pavilion for the last time.

Derbyshire openers Chris Rogers (42no) and Wayne Madsen (25no) had advanced the score to 76-0 with only one major alarm when James Middlebrook dropped Madsen in the gully off Andrew Hall's bowling.

Umpires Jeff Evans and Richard Illingworth were left with no alternative but to call the game off shortly before 3.30pm, leaving the home side to take nine points and Northants six.

Day three

Derbyshire will have to post a club record fourth innings total to deny promotion-chasing Northamptonshire victory at Chesterfield.

The hosts were set a victory target of 352 after Rob Newton and James Middlebrook notched valuable half-centuries for Northants.

It means the visitors will head into the final day as favourites, although that had seemed unlikely earlier in the piece as Derbyshire made rapid inroads with the ball.

Overnight pair David Sales (92) and Ben Howgego (80) fell in consecutive overs from Steffan Jones and when Andrew Hall pulled Jon Clare to square leg Northants were only 103 in front with five wickets down.

But Newton and Elton Chigumbura started the fightback as they put on 60 before the latter was bowled and Middlebrook then joined forces with Newton as the visitors took charge.

Newton was in sight of a century in only his second first-class game only to pull to midwicket for 82, while Middlebrook (84) scored his first Championship fifty of the season and put on a valuable 74 with young pace bowler Gavin Baker (36).

In total the final three wickets put on 167 as they lead edged past 350, but Derbyshire made it to the close without losing a wicket and will resume on 30-0.

Day two

Derbyshire's Chesney Hughes hammered a career-best 156 but Northamptonshire duo Ben Howgego and David Sales batted their side back into contention by the close of day two at Queen's Park, Chesterfield.

Resuming at 124-5 in their first innings, Derbyshire advanced to 319 all out mainly thanks to the efforts of Hughes and Robin Peterson.

The sixth-wicket pair extended theitr stand to 98 before Peterson - who slammed 58 from just 48 balls - fell to Lee Daggett (2-70).

But there was no stopping Hughes, the 19-year-old Anguillan bringing up his second first-class century from 124 deliveries before eventually being last out.

The left-hander, who holds a British passport, hit 27 fours and a six during his 183-ball stay, while Northants seamer Elton Chigumbura finished with figures of 5-95, his fourth five-wicket haul in first-class cricket.

Facing a first-innings deficit of 118, Northants looked in deep trouble when they slumped to 25-2 second time around.

But Howgego (74no) and Sales (84no) batted throughout the evening session to add an unbroken 156 for the third wicket and will resume on the third morning with the visitors holding a 63-run lead.

Day one

Derbyshire seamers Greg Smith and Jonathan Clare ripped through Northamptonshire as 15 wickets tumbled on the opening day at Queen's Park, Chesterfield.

Smith bagged career-best figures of 5-54 and Clare, making his first LV County Championship appearance of the season, 4-42 as Northants were dismissed for 201 - David Sales' 36 the top score - after being asked to bat.

The hosts fared little better in reply, reaching stumps at 124-5 with Zimbabwe seamer Elton Chigumbura (4-48) taking four wickets and running out Derbyshire captain Chris Rogers at the non-striker's end with a deflection onto the stumps in his follow through.

With the home side in deep trouble at 40-4, Chesney Hughes counter-attacked to post the first half-century of the match from just 60 balls.

Hughes, the 19-year-old from Anguilla, was unbeaten on 61 at the close alongside Robin Peterson (18no).

Match Details

9th - 12th Aug 2010
J H Evans and R K Illingworth


Batsman R
Madsen not out 25
Rogers not out 42
Extras 2nb, 2w, 5lb 9
Total Close, 33.1 Overs 76 - 0
Full Batting Card

northants BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
Daggett 15 5 35 0
Chigumbura 9 3 17 0
Baker 3 2 2 0
Middlebrook 2 0 4 0
Hall 4.1 0 13 0
Full Bowling Card