Matthew Revis scored an excellent 106 as Yorkshire set Derbyshire a mammoth 571 victory target just after tea on day three at Scarborough as they pursue a second LV= Insurance County Championship success of the summer.
All-rounder Revis posted his second hundred of the season, and of his first-team career, and his 142-ball innings usurped four other colleagues who all went beyond 50 either late last night or through today.
Captain Shan Masood made 86 against the county he shone for as an overseas player last year, while George Hill made 79. Jordan Thompson also matched the 64 which opener Fin Bean had compiled during the second evening.
Derbyshire then started their second innings with 26 overs remaining in the day, and they closed on 65-1.
Yorkshire started day three on 179-2, leading by 229. And runs came freely all day.
The hosts scored 145 runs for the loss of three wickets in the morning session.
Masood advanced from 41 overnight to reach his fifty off 53 balls but was the victim of a stunning one-handed low return catch from off-spinner Alex Thomson as the skipper missed out on his first hundred for the county.
Thomson finished with 5-190 from 38.4 overs for Derbyshire as they mainly bowled spin to improve their over-rate.
After lunch, young opener Mitch Wagstaff came on and bowled some part-time leg-spin and struck twice in his first over. It wasn’t only his first over of the match, but of his career. No other Derbyshire bowler has achieved that feat in first-class cricket.
Masood completed a fourth-wicket partnership of 107 with James Wharton, who made 38.
Both men fell before lunch. Wharton was caught at slip off the seam of Sam Conners, leaving Yorkshire at 223-3 after 48 overs, before Masood fell.
Thomson later added his second when Jonny Tattersall was trapped lbw – 272-5 after 58.
Hill and Revis ended the morning by sharing a half-century stand, taking the score to 324-5 at lunch. By then, Derbyshire’s chase was already into record-breaking territory. But Yorkshire weren’t done with the bat.
Revis already reached his fifty, the fourth player in the innings to do so. His came off 85 balls, by which time the score was 407-7 and the lead 457.
Wagstaff had Hill caught at slip and Bess at cover.
Thompson slog-swept a couple of sixes off Wagstaff over mid-wicket and hit four in all over the leg-side, while Revis did similar to a full toss from the left-arm spin of Leus du Plooy as they shared 125 for the eighth wicket inside 24 overs.
That was a Yorkshire record for the eighth-wicket in first-class fixtures between these two counties.
Thompson’s fifty came up in 67 balls as the lead sailed beyond 500.
He holed out to Thomson at long-off, leaving the score at 491-8 in the 100th over.
There was some surprise that Yorkshire batted on for as long as they did, which extended 10 balls into the evening after Revis had reached tea on 98 not out.
He brought up his century off 140 balls before falling caught at long-on off Thomson – 520-9 – to signal the declaration.
Managing bowlers’ workloads is very much a thing of the modern game, and that would likely have come into Yorkshire’s thinking.
The chances are that they would have been looking at a number of overs in which to bowl Derbyshire out for a second time rather than a set number of runs.
Unfortunately for Yorkshire, Matthew Fisher didn’t take the field at the start of Derbyshire’s second innings.
Yorkshire did break through when Bess had Wagstaff lbw for nine in the 10th over, the off-spinner’s first of the match, as the score fell to 24-1.
But it was their only success as opener Harry Came held firm with 33 not out alongside Brooke Guest’s unbeaten 16.