Seconds Fall To Rare Defeat
Match Report | 20th August 2014
Derbyshire’s second eleven proved to much for Nottinghamshire, their three-day friendly at Denby ending with a ten-wicket win for the hosts.
After naming a strong squad and electing to bat first, Derbyshire saw Chesney Hughes and Scott Elstone added 250 runs for the third wicket. Elstone edged behind off Ben Kitt on 95, but Hughes continued to reach 178 before being stumped off Adam Tillcock.
Tillcock claimed a second, but couldn’t stop Derbyshire closing the day on 419-5.
They continued the following morning, before three wickets from Brett Hutton checked their progress. A run out and a wicket for Matt Carter saw Derbyshire close on 475 all out.
Sam Kelsall made a hard-fought 76 in the reply, and while losing Jake Libby, Will Root and Anuj Dal, Sam Wood played nicely for his 63.
After Wood was bowled by Will Davis, Nottinghamshire were 213-6, still trailing by 262. Despite losing three more wickets, Ben Kitt and keeper Matt Cross saw their side through to the close on 268-9.
Cross made his 50 six overs into the third morning, but nicked behind the following over, the innings closing on 304.
Derbyshire enforced the follow on with Nottinghamshire still trailing by 171, and their attempts to save the match faltered with the losses of Jake Libby and Will Root.
Sam Kelsall made a second consecutive 50 after which Notts lost wickets regularly.
Dan Freeman made 42, but couldn’t stop his side falling to 197 all out, leaving Derbyshire seeking 27 runs to win. Ben Slater and Tom Wood did so, sealing a ten-wicket victory.