County Championship: More rain ensures draw between Warwickshire and Derbyshire
Last Updated: 13/04/13 5:24pm
Warwickshire and Derbyshire each added a bonus point at Edgbaston on the final morning of the only Division One match that failed to produce an outright winner in the opening round of the County Championship.
With more than 200 overs lost over the four days, the rain-wrecked meeting of last season's two divisional champions drifted to a draw as the clouds rolled in again.
Warwickshire cruised along in a stand of 139 by openers Varun Chopra and Ian Westwood but then lost wickets before securing a batting point when a boundary from Laurie Evans took them to 201-4 at lunch.
This proved to be the final session of play, although the abandonment was delayed until the tea interval.
The match had mixed messages of Derbyshire, with a middle-order collapse on the first day and a dropped chance early in Chopra's innings, but overall there was much to encourage head coach Karl Krikken.
After waiting 13 years for a wicket in Division One - the last one was taken by Kevin Dean against Somerset in September 2000 - they captured four in 55 balls on breaking up Warwickshire's consistent first pair.
Having closed last season with three century stands in eight innings, Chopra and Westwood opened a new campaign with their usual proficiency, building a base and then raising the tempo as Derbyshire's bowlers struggled on an easy-paced pitch.
Chopra, who is included in England's provisional squad for the Champions Trophy in June, set the pace with nine fours in his 50 and Westwood was beginning to catch up when he reached his half-century with eight boundaries.
Tim Groenewald, the pick of the seamers, broke the stand in the 16th over of the day when the left-handed Westwood departed for 56 after skimming a chance to Ross Whiteley at point.
More surprising was that Warwickshire lost three more wickets in the space of five overs after Derbyshire had switched to their spinners, probably with an eye on lifting their over-rate as the forecast rain approached.
William Porterfield drove off-spinner Wes Durston to short cover for another catch by Whiteley and Chopra went for 76 when caught at the wicket off the fourth ball from the slow left-armer Chesney Hughes.
When Durston claimed a bowling point for Derbyshire, with Tom Poynton's assistance in stumping Jim Troughton, it was left to Laurie Evans and Tim Ambrose to nudge Warwickshire's total beyond 200.