By John Virr – 2nd XI Scorer
At the start of day four Yorkshire trailed their opponents by 225 runs with nine first innings wickets remaining and the game looked to be heading for a draw. However thanks to both captains and coaches a positive result either way became an option.
Yorkshire declared their first innings and thanks to some “friendly bowling” Derbyshire batted for 19 overs reaching 115 for the loss of 1 wicket leaving Yorkshire the victory target of 351 from a minimum of 75 overs.
Harry Duke and James Wharton started our reply and in the 10 overs prior to lunch had knocked 58 off the total required without loss. After lunch they advanced their partnership to 82 before Duke was caught at point for 26 from 41 balls with 3 fours. Shortly before his dismissal Wharton had reached a half century from 66 balls with 8 fours.
Will Luxton joined Wharton and added 73 before the latter was caught at square leg for 87 from 123 deliveries including 13 fours. Luxton remained unbeaten at tea on 36 from 77 balls along with Vagadia 3 not out from 14 balls – Yorkshire 168-2 requiring a further 183 from 37 overs.
Immediately after tea Vagadia picked up the pace finally being caught at short leg for 46 from 48 balls with 7 fours – 243-3 with 27 overs to go. Luxton had completed his half century from 85 balls with 7 fours and was then joined by the first innings centurion, Will Fraine – their 100 partnership arrived from 119 balls with Luxton reaching his century from 167 balls.
Fraine made 58 from 53 balls with 4 fours and 3 sixes before being caught at mid on leaving Noah Kelly to join Luxton with 4 required, Kelly hit the winning run from the first ball of the penultimate over to leave Luxton unbeaten on 102 and giving Yorkshire victory by 6 wickets.
Yorkshire 18 points Derbyshire 5 points
Following another washed out day on day two, play commenced on time on day three with Derbyshire resuming on 395-6. Ben Coad replaced Jafer Chohan in the Yorkshire line up.
Seven overs were bowled before Derbyshire reached 450 and declared – they had lost one further wicket, that of Vikar Kelly caught by Ben Cliff at mid off to give Ben Mike his 4th wicket.
James Wharton and Will Fraine opened the Yorkshire innings and the former was bowled by one that appeared to keep a bit low for 8 from 25 balls. Will Luxton joined Fraine and the latter reached his half century from 53 balls with 8 fours and shortly after their 50 partnership was reached from 84 balls.
Luxton went to his half century from 91 balls (7×4) shortly after their century partnership. Bad light interrupted play with 9 overs being lost however this didn’t stop Fraine from reaching a well deserved century when scoring his 14th four.
Tea was taken at 216-1 but only 3 further overs were possible before a combination of bad light and rain brought a halt to proceedings with Yorkshire 225-1; Fraine 109 no and Luxton 71 no.
Derbyshire won the toss and elected to bat first. Wagstaff and McGladdery had added 50 in the 14th over when the former clipped Ben Mike to mid wicket where Isaac Light took a comfortable catch. Ethan Brookes came to the wicket but made only 8 before he was lbw to Ben Cliff (67-2) however lunch was reached at 98-2, McGladdery having reached his half century from 62 balls.
After lunch he had advanced to 64 when Harry Duke took a smart low catch to give Joel Gunn his first wicket. Tom Wood, at this stage was 19 no and he went to his fifty from 66 deliveries with 9 fours. He and Walkden added 74 in 81 balls before Duke took his second catch to give Mike his second wicket. At tea Wood had taken his individual tally to 93 with 13 fours and with, McKiernan had taken the score to 252-4, a partnership of 61.
Post tea they added only a further 19 before McKiernan became Duke and Mike third victims – he had made 49 from 78 balls. Wood went to his century from 140 balls – he and Harrison then added 118 in 165 deliveries before Wood was lbw to Ben Cliff for 167 from 219 balls with 23 fours and a six. At the close Harrison was unbeaten on 42 and Derbyshire had totalled 395-6.