Dom Bess and Jordan Thompson ripped through Derbyshire’s top and middle order with a devastating four-wicket late morning burst as Yorkshire wrapped up a final day victory over Derbyshire at Scarborough today.
Bess and Thompson equally shared four wickets to fall for three runs in 24 balls in the 20 minutes immediately before lunch as Derbyshire, chasing 571, slipped from 198-2 to 201-6.
That collapse included opener Harry Came for a watchful 58 and veteran Wayne Madsen for a blistering 93 off 71 balls. The latter made 93 for the second time in his 200th first-class appearance for his county.
Wickets continued to fall after lunch as Derbyshire were bowled out for 293 – a 277-run victory margin for the hosts. Bess finished with 4-79 from 24.2 overs, Thompson 2-35 from 13 and Matthew Revis 3-66 from 12. The win was secured just before 2.20pm.
Yorkshire have now won two games out of 11 in this season’s LV= Insurance County Championship – both against Derbyshire, following Chesterfield success in June. This one yielded a haul of 18 points to three for the visitors.
Unfortunately, a promotion push is out of the question due to well-documented reasons, and Yorkshire – docked two points from this match due to a slow over-rate – remain bottom of the table.
But their performance this week was not one of a lowly side. They dominated from start to finish, including Matthew Revis’s standout 106 in the second innings on a slower than usual surface here at North Marine Road.
The only disappointment from today was the news that Matthew Fisher has suffered a mild side strain and was unable to bowl.
Derbyshire started the day on 65-1, and Ben Coad had Brooke Guest caught at second slip three overs into the day – 71-2.
However, Derbyshire weren’t about to surrender, certainly not immediately.
Madsen batted with vigour and aggression, making you wonder whether he felt like that near 600-target was within his side’s grasp on a ground with a short boundary towards the Popular Bank terrace.
He hit three leg-side sixes, reached his fifty off 48 balls and hit Bess for 22 in an over shortly before falling to off-spinner Bess, who impressed significantly in the second innings.
He shared 127 inside 21 overs for the third wicket with the more circumspect Came, who started the day on 33 and went on to reach his fifty in 116 balls.
Thompson then trapped Came lbw with a full ball which he looked to play to leg before Bess also trapped a sweeping Madsen in front in the next over, leaving the score at 198-4 in the 50th.
Bess’s previous over was the one taken for 22 by Madsen, including four fours and a six. But revenge was sweet shortly afterwards.
Bess also trapped du Plooy lbw in his next over after Madsen’s departure before Thompson had Matt Lamb caught behind off the inside edge in the next, leaving the score at 201 for six in the 53rd over.
Lunch gave Derbyshire some respite, though it was only brief.
Revis replaced Thompson in the attack and had Alex Thomson caught behind five balls into the afternoon, leaving the score at 211-7 in the 55th over.
By this time, it was a matter of when and not if Yorkshire would win – and any resistance from Derbyshire was only delaying the drive home down the A64.
Some resistance did come as Anuj Dal and Zak Chappell shared 78 in entertaining fashion, the latter clubbing three sixes in 33 which saw Revis employ the short ball tactic. And it worked when Chappell miscued Revis to Bess, who took a smart catch at square-leg tumbling backwards, leaving the score at 289-8 in the 69th over.
In his next over, Revis continued with the plan and got Sam Conners caught at long-leg before Dal was stumped for 38 in the 72nd over to dot the i’s and cross the t’s on a superb performance.