Yorkshire began their final 2nd XI Championship game of the season by winning the toss and inviting the hosts to have first use of the strip. And an inspired decision it appeared to be as Moin Ashraf reduced Derbyshire to 5/3 in the fifth over. But any game of cricket can change…
Although further success came Yorkshire`s way as Will Rhodes and Karl Carver gained a success each, gradually the wicket eased, the sideways movement died and the later partnerships found little difficulty in taking a parlous score of 65/6 to 209 all out.
Karl Carver (3/29) and Matthew Waite (2/35, his first wickets in 2nd XI cricket) were the main beneficiaries, as well as Josh Shaw who dismissed top-scorer Harvey Hosein for a well-crafted 64 (10 boundaries).
So Yorkshire had 22 overs to bat to complete the first day`s play but, as usual, there were unable to negotiate this period without losing wickets.
Firstly, Eliot Callis mistimed a pull shot and saw his effort lob to Scott Elstone at mid-wicket. Next, Matt Higginbottom, fresh from a splendid knock of 31 at number nine in the Derbyshire order, got one to find the edge of Andrew Hodd`s bat and keeper Hosein rounded off a good day for himself by taking the catch.
The third wicket, that of Jonathan Tattersall saw Higginbottom take a quite incredible caught & bowled about one quarter of an inch off the ground. Tattersall looked to heaven, unable to believe what he had just seen. That made the score 36/3 and alarm bells were jangling loudly.
But Dan Hodgson (19*) and Will Rhodes (8*) saw their side home without further loss and were helped, strangely, by the introduction of the spinners, whose deliveries were arriving at the batsmen from above the sightscreens in worsening light after 18 overs of seam had appeared not to cause any problems at all.
The batsmen needed no second invitation to come off, and so play ended for the day.