Thursday, 22 August 2013

Terrific effort by Seconds

Another fine performance from the Seconds yesterday as they beat Durham at Middlesborough.

Batting first the Derbyshire top order put together some solid batting with the top three posting half centuries.
Spinner Ryan Pringle finally claimed the breakthrough wickets of the two openers Godleman (50, caught and bowled) and skipper Borrington (51).  Chase then took the wicket of Derbyshire top scorer Scott Elstone, bowling him after a cavalier 58 from 35 balls including 9 fours.
 
Pringle then claimed a third wicket after he dismissed Hopkinson without troubling the scoreboard.
Knight (22no) and Turner (10no) added the final runs to the Derbyshire innings to reach 226-6 off their 40 overs.

The Durham innings got off to a good start with Clark and Singh putting on 75 for the first wicket before Wainwright claimed the wicket of Singh for 35 in the 16th over. Clark went four overs later, after making 34 and an over after Pringle was trapped lbw leaving Durham 91-3 just past the half way mark. 

The experienced Gordon Muchall (35) and Paul Coughlin (34) were the hope for Durham as the pair put together a partnership before Muchall was dismissed in the 34th over  and Couglin in the 35th as Durham fell behind the run rate at 182-6.

Unfortunately the tail failed to wag for Durham with none of the last five in making double figures as Turner (3-39) and Wainwright (3-43) ripped through the lower order to bowl them out for 203 in the 39th over, 23 runs short of a victory.

Today the two sides began a 3-day match and Durham were dismissed for 208 (Wainwright 4-43) before Derbyshire piled on the runs, finishing on 133-1 with Elstone making a remarkable unbeaten 102 from just 65 balls.

Quite a player, that lad. With useful off-spin to add to the mix, as well as brilliant fielding, he has to be worth a contract for next summer. At 23, time is very much on his side and talent is not in short supply...

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