Yorkshire v Derbyshire, Headingley, 4th day May 2, 2013

Yorkshire new boys seal stunning victory

Les Smith at Headingley

Yorkshire 677 for 7 dec (Root 236, Bairstow 186) beat Derbyshire 475 (Hughes 270*) and 163 (Madsen 52, Durston 50, Brooks 5-40) by an innings and 39 runs

Twenty-eight minutes into the final session at Headingley, Yorkshire clinched victory in what was a remarkable cricket match. Derbyshire, after scoring 475 in their first innings, lost by an innings and 39 runs, prompting jubilant scenes on the field and in the stands.

Yesterday evening wise heads predicted a draw at the end of a possibly dull day. The pitch had been so flat, and so many runs had been plundered by batsmen on both sides on the first three days, that it was difficult to see how Yorkshire would take the necessary ten wickets. But they did it, and with more than thirty overs to spare.

The hero of the hour was Jack Brooks. A few eyebrows were raised when Yorkshire brought him to Headingley from Northamptonshire to bolster the bowling for their first season back in Division One, but this afternoon he showed what a shrewd move it was.

Derbyshire had set off needing 202 to make Yorkshire bat again after the home side had added 80 in ten overs. They made a shaky start but the fourth wicket partnership of Wayne Madsen and Wes Durston spent 25 overs steadying the innings, and it began to look as if Yorkshire's chance was slipping away. But after they had put on 92 Brooks re-entered the attack and promptly got rid of both of them, first Durston to a fine reaction catch by Phil Jaques at midwicket, then Madsen lbw in his next over.

When Madsen left Derbyshire were 150 for 5. The last five wickets could muster only 13 runs, and Brooks claimed three of them. In the first over after tea he took two in two balls, Dan Redfern caught behind and Tom Poynton lbw. The hat-trick ball missed Tim Groenewald's off stump by a whisker after it hit his pad. Brooks bowled with sharp pace and reverse swing which the middle and lower order could not handle.

Bowling at the other end Adil Rashid, who was finding turn and some bounce, knocked back Groenewald's off stump. Tony Palladino took guard despite the side strain which is likely to keep him out of Derbyshire's next match, but it was no surprise when Brooks trapped him. Brooks might be the most spectacular celebrator of a wicket in county cricket - a raucous roar and a sprint almost to the midwicket boundary, fists pumping - and he surpassed his earlier celebratory efforts with the fall of the last wicket.

There are signs that Brooks might become something of a crowd favourite here. "I was a little bit worried when I first came here how they would take to a so-called foreigner from down south coming in, but as long as I keep putting performances in like that once in a while they'll take to me," he said.

In the early part of the Derbyshire innings the other newcomer to Yorkshire's attack, Liam Plunkett, took, arguably, the two most important wickets of the day. First he had Chesney Hughes, scorer of 270 monumental runs in the first innings, caught at slip, then Shivnarine Chanderpaul caught behind. One of the most remarkable statistics in a match that was full of them is that Chanderpaul's contribution to the 1315 runs scored in the match was eight.

And spare a thought for Hughes. Only three batsmen (Peter Perrin, Jason Gallian and Phil Mead) have scored more runs for a team to then lose by an innings. For Derbyshire, this defeat will be especially tough to take.

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  • Martin on May 3, 2013, 5:12 GMT

    Very pleased with two hard fought wins after a right thrashing by Sussex however this will be a long hard season without Root, Bairstow, Bresnan and possibly Ballance. We would be wise not to crow.

    Time for others to stand up, Lees, Pyrah, Hodd, Sayers. Can Ashraf do it in the four day format?

  • Mike on May 3, 2013, 4:58 GMT

    Here's a statistical oddity (if my back of the envelope arithmetic is correct). Root and Bairstow have accounted for exactly half of the Yorkshire runs scored off the bat so far in the Country Championship so far this season (742 runs out of 1484).

    It's also a scary thought for Yorkshire fans, myself included, given that the odds of either of them playing for the county again this season are looking slimmer all the time.

  • Roo on May 3, 2013, 3:44 GMT

    Good win & puts Yorkshire up to 3rd on the pts table - many of the pre-season commentators must be sucking lemons today... lol...

    1300 runs from 3 innings with just 3 batters getting half the runs doesn't fill me with a lot of confidence in either teams performances over the whole season - especially Yorkshire with 3 players likely to be missing for higher honors... That said, its early in the season so time for many twists & turns, with hopefully a few more surprises along the way...

  • Andrew on May 2, 2013, 22:42 GMT

    Brilliant performance by the Tykes after all the doom-mongers at tea on day 1 were suggesting that Yorkshire would be hard pressed to get out of this with a draw. I seem to recall the same was said at the close on Day 3 last week against Durham. I think Plunkett will yet prove to be a shrewd signing. Still a reasonable bowler who can score a few runs down the order and isn't in danger of missing any matches due to England call ups!

  • Chris on May 2, 2013, 20:17 GMT

    "Enjoy the season. Enjoy playing with the big teams"

    Can you try and be a bit more patronising please?

  • Matthew on May 2, 2013, 20:09 GMT

    Excellent display of good attacking bowling. Good to see Brooks make his first major contribution. Just hope he can start to do it against the better teams in the league too.

  • Dummy4 on May 2, 2013, 20:06 GMT

    Stunning win for Yorkshire today-and how we're gonna miss the runs of Bluey and Root in the next few weeks. I thought the signings of Plunkett and Brooks were shrewd as Sidebottom will need to miss the odd game given his advancing years.I still think we're a batsman light of being a truly competitive squad so hopefully an oayer can still be brought in sooner rather than later. Guess Phil Jaques may miss Root less than most as he's been run out by him in successive matches!

  • Mark on May 2, 2013, 19:38 GMT

    I did point out last night that if Yorkshire went for a heavy bombardment this morning, scoreboard pressure could see DErbyshire crumble as they did against Middlesex. To be honest, I didn't expect it, but this Derbyshire side seems to be confirming the suspicions of those who saw them as likely to be out of their depth in Division 1. Both their defeats have been due to apalling second innings surrenders.

    It looks like this could be a long season for the Derbyshire team, but they must have expected it. Enjoy the season. Enjoy playing with the big teams and, if it starts to come right, enjoy it even more.

    For Yorkshire, what a win! The young guns seem to be finding their feet and Liam Plunkett seems to be recovering the mojo that made him an England player. This side always looked too good to go down. Things will be harder when Bairstow and Root are on England duty, but the side must be starting to belive in itself.

  • GeoffreysMother on May 2, 2013, 19:26 GMT

    Aye, not bad for George Dobell's pre season comment that the signing of Plunkett and Brooks smacked of desperation. Fancy another plate of crow George.

    They will, I think , both be quite expensive but can bowl wicket taking balls on flat wickets- which looks like it will be useful at Headingley this season.

  • Samuel on May 2, 2013, 19:00 GMT

    Worth pointing out that Brooks was considered good enough to play for the Lions this time last year, and he took a few wickets to boot. A good signing. His best days are probably already behind him due to a couple of nasty injuries, but if Yorkshire are to stay up or do even better than that, he'll have a big part to play.

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