Durham v Derbyshire, Chester-le-Street, 3rd day July 10, 2013

Chanderpaul, Poynton find some fight

Derbyshire 113 and 181 for 7 (Chanderpaul 76, Poynton 56*) require another 291 runs to beat Durham 253 and 331 for 9 dec. (Jennings 123)

Derbyshire finally mustered some resistance to take their match against Durham at Chester-le-Street to a fourth day. After subsiding for 113 in their first innings they were 49 for 5 in the second after being set a target of 472, but closed on 181 for 7.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul made 76 and put on 98 for the sixth wicket with wicketkeeper Tom Poynton, who remained unbeaten on 56 on his return to the side after being axed because of his lack of runs in the first four games.

Chris Rushworth, the man nominated to stand down if Graham Onions became available, followed his 6 for 64 in the first innings by taking three more wickets. The rules state that Onions would have had to be on the ground for the start of the third day, but although not in the team, England retained him at Trent Bridge.

In the morning Durham opener Keaton Jennings followed his 93 in the first innings by completing his maiden championship century. Resuming on 65, he made his way carefully towards the milestone with a series of singles and reached his hundred off 247 balls. He was on 122 at lunch, when Durham led by 446 on 306 for 7, but added only one before being run out.

Mark Wood fell lbw on the back foot to give occasional offspinner Dan Redfern career-best figures of 3 for 33 and Durham declared on 331 for 9.

Derbyshire reached 19 before three wickets went down for one run, Ben Stokes taking two of them. Stokes nipped a delivery back to remove Richard Johnson's off bail, then Callum Thorp found some extra bounce to have Wayne Madsen caught behind. In Stokes' next over Michael Richardson held a fine catch low to his right at third slip to get rid of Chesney Hughes.

Rushworth returned for a second spell and took the next two wickets, pinning Wes Durston lbw and having left-hander Redfern caught at first slip.

Chanderpaul reached 50 off 73 balls then hit Scott Borthwick for three fours when the leg-spinner was finally introduced, only to be removed after conceding 34 in four overs. Just as in the first innings it was Rushworth who persuaded Chanderpaul to feel for a ball just wide of off stump, which he edged to Phil Mustard.

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  • Mark on July 11, 2013, 7:21 GMT

    @Dave Kelly I think that part of the problem has been Derbyshire over-reaching themselves (although it was great to see one of the other counties get promoted) and part a problem of not understanding what it meant. Derbyshire did not set out to reinforce and. talking to fans, I was hearing repeatedly and aggressively "there is no real; difference between the two divisions" and even "the attacks in Division 2 are better than in Division 1".

    As Derbyshire are finding, Division 1 is not an easy option with weak attacks: it is hard cricket. Probably the hardest anywhere in the World outside Tests: better than the Sheffield Shield now. The first thing that a side has to do on promotion is plan to survive (most don't) and aim to be at very least hard to beat: Derbyshire are not managing that.

  • Dummy4 on July 11, 2013, 1:50 GMT

    As a supporter of a fellow member on the non-test county union, I was really hoping Derbs would make a better first of things this season (maybe even stay up) but we have to call it as it is. If subsiding to 181-7 is showing fight, then Somerset's performance v Sussex at Taunton must have been reminiscent of the Thrilla in Manila.

  • Mark on July 10, 2013, 20:15 GMT

    Yes, Derbyshire have found some fight, but it is a case of too little, too late. Barring a miracle of Headingley '81 proportions, Durham will wrap this match up tomorrow, probably before lunch. With Warwickshire looking odds-on favourites to beat Middlesex tomorrow, Derbyshire will be 30 points from safety with only 7 games left. With six defeats in nine games they are lucky to be this close to salvation but, realistically, need three wins from somewhere to stay up.

    Durham look set to finish tomorrow in second place and taking their Championship challenge down to the line. How many people are tipping them as red-hot favourites for relegation now?

  • Brian on July 10, 2013, 20:05 GMT

    Wonder what Onions feels about England not giving a chance to bowl in this game. Last season when England released him from a test squad to join Durham's match he promptly took nine wickets in an innings almost the moment he'd got off the motorway!

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