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2nd XI: Derbyshire v Yorkshire (Day 3)

— 30 August 2014

So the weather won in the end as, after several spitty outbreaks on the window of the scorebox, it came down in torrents at the tea interval and there was mutual agreement by Umpires and Coaches to abandon the game as a draw. Derbyshire take 11 points and Yorkshire 10, but that should be enough to ensure a fourth-placed finish in the Championship, or perhaps third, which would be one place better than in 2013.

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The morning began well as Yorkshire quickly reduced Derbyshire to 103/4 from a starting total of 75/0. An almost botched run-out followed as the throw to keeper Andrew Hodd made him grovel to receive it but he was still able to remove the bails in time to dismiss Chesney Hughes for just six.

Then Matthew Waite chipped in with two more quick wickets and the impossible win just began to occur to your very optimistic correspondent. But a fifth wicket stand of 91 between Greg Cork (55) and opener Ben Slater (112*) put paid to any such fanciful thoughts.

Derbyshire eventually declared on 249/8, leaving Yorkshire with a minimum of 52 overs to score 274. As always, the first hour when the bowlers had a new ball in their hands proved extremely testing foro the batsmen and so it was again as Andrew Hodd shouldered arms to find the ball, to his utter horror, nip back to remove his off stump.

Eliot Callis played and missed frequently in his first few minutes at the crease but showed immense application and determination to battle it out to tea and go in on 13 not out. Dan Hodgson (11*) had also survived the first hour and both could look forward to calmer seas after the interval but the weather had other ideas.

Yorkshire`s final position in the 2nd XI Trophy Northern section is also going to be third or fourth.

So all Yorkshire`s 2nd XI competition matches have now finished for season 2014 but they still have three games to play. The first of these friendlies is on Monday 1 September at Harrogate CC, beginning at 11.00 am, where Nottinghamshire are the visitors for a three-day encounter.

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