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2nd XI: Derbyshire v Yorkshire (Day 2)

— 29 August 2014

When cricket kicks you in the teeth, it does so with clogs and hob-nail boots on ! Yorkshire were coasting on 98/3 with Dan Hodgson and Will Rhodes advancing circumspectly, when wickets began to tumble and a lead of 24 was conceded, increased to 99 by close of play.


After heavy overnight rain, play was unable to start before 2.15 pm and, at that time, under bluish skies, 80 overs remained for the day. Dan Hodgson (35) and Will Rhodes (32) had gradually got on top of the bowling and were beginning to increase the scoring rate, when Greg Cork (son of Dominic) was introduced into the attack and immediately put a brake on things.

He also found movement where none had been previously apparent and the scoring-rate dropped significantly. He had Rhodes LBW with his left-arm medium-fast deliveries and Mosun Hussain soon followed.

Will Davis then came back into the attack and found pace and movement also to dismiss Hodgson, Ryan Gibson (16) and Shaw (0). Leg Spinner Matt Critchley then polished off the innings with two in two as Matthew Waite miscued, trying to hit over the top and Karl Carver followed next ball.

Matthew Waite`s batting continues to register runs and his 37 was the top score of the innings today. He has also taken his first 2nd XI wickets in this game so has grabbed his chance afforded by the recent absence of the five England players normally in the team.

So a small lead of 24 was conceded but this had been stretched to 99 by the close and Derbyshire still have all 10 second innings wickets in hand. Yorkshire will have a real backs to the wall situation to deal with on the final day tomorrow.

Howard Clayton

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