July 27, 2003

Durham let victory chance slip

Wisden CricInfo staff

Yesterday's round-up

Frizzell County Championship Division Two

Derbyshire 361 for 5 dec and 204 for 7 drew with Durham 501 for 8 and 110 for 2 dec at Derby
Derbyshire avoided an eighth consecutive County Championship defeat, but only thanks to a spate of dropped catches by Durham's fielders, as a rain-affected match at Derby reached an unexpectedly gripping finale. After some negotiations between the captains, Derbyshire were set a target of 251 in 55 overs, and they were quickly reduced to 15 for 2 by Neil Killeen and Liam Plunkett. But Steve Selwood, who was dropped on 6, 46, and 63, dug in for an important 88. He was one of three late wickets that fell to revive Durham's hopes, but Derbyshire held firm.

Division One - Day 3 of 4

Nottinghamshire 289 for 7 trail Sussex 497 for 6 dec by 208 runs at Trent Bridge
Robin Martin-Jenkins struck an unbeaten 121 from 128 balls to put Sussex in control in their County Championship clash against Nottinghamshire, but Kevin Pietersen retaliated with 138 not out to repel a rampant James Kirtley, who had taken three early wickets. With both sides eager to make up for a washout on the first day, the tempo was brisk, and when Chris Cairns and Chris Read fell in quick succession, Nottinghamshire were 140 for 6 and facing catastrophe. But Pietersen found an ally in Paul Franks, who helped add 114 for the seventh wicket.