Yorkshire followed up their superb display against Warwickshire with a 29-run defeat at this new Derbyshire venue today.
Derbyshire won the toss and chose to bat and were going along steadily but the Yorkshire bowlers would also have been rather happy as, after 40 overs, they had scored only 157-3. But in the final 10 overs they scored another 78 runs and their final total of 235/7, while not huge, was challenging fr a very young and inexperienced Yorkshire side.
Derbyshire`s opener, Tom Knight, had made his name a slow left armer in the England U19s but now was turning his hand to batting with increasing success. He made 125 from 125 deliveries with 15 fours and one six and ws only dismissed by the final ball of the innings when Jack Leaning ran him out with a direct throw from the boundary edge.
The next highest score was 22 by Tony Palladino so Knight`s innings was not just the backbone of the innings, but also the heart and soul of it.
For Yorkshire, Ryan Gibson produced a compact spell of 8-0-22-1. Josh Shaw (8-1-35-2) again bowled well. Both he and Karl Carver (1-41 in 10) have shown notable improvements this season. Will Rhodes (2-39) was the other successful bowler.
Yorkshire began well and Rhodes and Hodd added 21 for the first wicket before Hodd and Hodgson added a further 24. But then hopes of victory took off big time and Dan Hodgson and Jack Leaning added 126 for the fourth wicket in just 78 minutes by running the fielders ragged. In their stand, which covered 24 overs, they hit just seven boundaries and one six and ran the rest.
But when Dan Hodgson was given LBW to Pallaino for 83, the wheels came off to an unbelievable extent as the remaining six wickets fell for just 33 runs, as the White Rose finished 29 runs short on 205/9. Tom Taylor (4-33) was the main destroyer. His figures included a spell of 3-3 in 10 deliveries and the last 10 overs produced 33 dot balls, with nowhere near enough singles and twos scored to keep the scoreboard moving.
So next week, we take a break from competitive action and travel down to Bristol to take on Gloucestershire in a 1 –day game and a 3-day game..