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Northants vs Derbys

Predictable draw at Northants

Peters adds another half-century to first innings ton

Peters: More runs

LV County Championship - Division Two
Northamptonshire 433-9 dec (S D Peters 175, J J van der Wath 82, A J Hall 52, M Hayward 4-99) & 104-1 (S D Peters 64 no) v Derbyshire 502-9 dec (W W Hinds 148, D J Redfern 95, D J Pipe 63)
Northamptonshire (11pts) drew with Derbyshire (12pts)

Northamptonshire and Derbyshire played out a predictable draw on a benign pitch after losing much of the first day's play.

Wavell Hinds added just 15 runs to Thursday's excellent innings of 133 before Stephen Peters made another unbeaten half century to add to his first innings ton.

The West Indian was trapped on the crease two short of a deserved 150 by a ball from Johan van der Wath that kept low, the hosts subsequently declaring on 502-9 - 69 ahead of the visitors' first innings score.

Both Greg Smith and John Clare fell for David Wigley aiming big shots through the off side. South African Smith (22) lost his off stump, while Clare (six), whose sole first-class ton came in this fixture last year, edged to keeper Riki Wessels.

Former Worcestershire keeper James Pipe cut and drove strongly to reach 50 immediately after lunch. He hit 12 fours before being acrobatically caught at extra cover by a diving Ben Howgego off the bowling of David Lucas for 63.

With a draw now certain, Nantie Hayward opted to rest a strained knee ahead of Derbyshire's trip to leaders Gloucestershire at Cheltenham on Sunday.

His absence gave Peters and Ben Howgego a comfortable start as they passed 50 in the 19th over.

Peters looked in prime form following his first innings knock of 175 as he brought up another half century that saw him pass 500 Championship runs for the season.

But it was 21-year-old Howgego, in only his fourth championship game, who had more to prove.

He passed his previous best of 24 shortly after tea, before falling lbw to Smith's quicker ball for 36.

Rob White was sent out for a meaningless single and the close soon came with Peters unbeaten on 64.

Day Three

Wavell Hinds hammered an unbeaten 133 as Derbyshire dominated day three of their LV County Championship match with Northamptonshire at Wantage Road.

The Jamaican left-hander smashed the home attack to all parts to record his second century of the season as the visitors closed on 371-4 in their first innings, still 62 runs behind.

England Under 19 star Dan Redfern also weighed in with 95 and combined with Hinds for a record fourth-wicket partnership of 237.

But despite Hinds' heroics it seems only a contrived finish can rescue the rain affected game from finishing as a run-filled draw.

Resuming on 11-0 on the third morning, Derbyshire openers Chris Rogers and Steve Stubbings comfortably survived the first hour.

But the dismissal of Rogers, trapped lbw by Andrew Hall (1-21) for 49, was the start of a collapse that saw Derbyshire reduced from 82-0 to 133-3.

But Redfern and Hinds added an unbeaten 57 before tea and then opened up against the hosts' tiring attack in the final session.

Redfern fell just before stumps, agonisingly close to his maiden hundred, bowled aiming a cut at Nicky Boje (1-77), while Hinds' unbeaten 133 came off 165 deliveries and contained 17 fours and five sixes.

Day two

A magnificent innings of 175 by Northamptonshire opener Stephen Peters turned the match in hosts' favour on day two of their match against Derbyshire.

Peters hit 22 fours and one six in a nine-hour innings which was ended by Nantie Hayward just three runs short of his career best.

Commencing on 20-1, Northamptonshire were quickly reduced to 89-4 after Rob White (18) and Alex Wakely (4) fell to Hayward before Riki Wessels (27) was dismissed by Greg Smith.

Peters and Nicky Boje (30) then forged a partnership of 56 runs before Northants' captain was caught and bowled by Jake Needham with the last ball before lunch.

The home side really seized the initiative in the afternoon, scoring 147 runs for the loss of just one wicket as Andrew Hall (52) made an explosive half century.

David Willey (5) became Needham's third victim just after tea, with Peters being caught cheaply by Chris Rogers off Hayward shortly afterwards.

Johan van der Wath then took centre stage, smashing 82 off 71 before being caught by Hayward off Ian Hunter, prompting the declaration.

Derbyshire survived five overs at the end of the day, with Rogers and Stephen Stubbings finishing on 11-0.

Day one

Only eight overs of play were possible on the first day of Derbyshire's trip to Northants.

Although the weather ruined the first day of their Division Two clash at Wantage Road, Derbyshire paceman Nantie Hayward did manage to get a breakthrough with a wicket.

South African pace bowler Hayward, who later withdrew from the field through injury, struck in his second over as he forced Ben Howgego to edge the ball to skipper and former Northants star Chris Rogers.

After being asked to bat first by Rodgers, Northamptonshire ended the short day on 23-1, with Stephen Peters on 11 and Rob White unbeaten on ten.

Derbyshire may have problems later in the match if Hayward has done some serious damage to the ankle he twisted and forced him off the field.

After a delayed start and just eight overs of action, the rain returned and umpires Mark Benson and Peter Hartley took the teams off and they called a halt to proceedings just after tea.

Match Details

7th - 10th Jul 2009
County Ground, Northampton
M R Benson and P J Hartley

northants BATTING CARD

Batsman R
Peters not out 64
Howgego lbw b Smith 36
White not out 1
Extras 2nb, 1w 3
Total Close, 41.0 Overs 104 - 1
Full Batting Card


Bowler O M R W
Clare 6 2 15 0
Hunter 6 1 17 0
Smith 9 1 32 1
Needham 14 2 25 0
Redfern 6 0 15 0
Full Bowling Card