Lyndon James continued his fine form by hitting 81 not out in the play that was possible on a rain-hit second day of Nottinghamshire’s Second XI match with Derbyshire.

After the first day wash-out at Queen’s Park, Chesterfield, day two’s start was delayed by a very wet outfield.

Play finally got underway at 3.30pm, with Derbyshire having won the toss and elected to field. Both intervals had already been taken and 40 overs scheduled in the remaining time left. 

Despite losing opening partner Chris Gibson for 12 from the second ball of the third over, caught by keeper Dan Andrews from the bowling of Tom Milnes, James scored freely, following up his 71 not out for the Academy side at the weekend.

He shared a superb, unbroken stand of 145 with Billy Root (pictured), who himself made 63 not out.

Their fifty partnership came off just 47 balls, with James reaching his fifty from 46 deliveries, with 10 fours.

The hundred stand was posted in 95 balls before, one ball into the 21st over, rain stopped play with the score on 132-1.

When the action resumed, four overs had been lost and 15.5 overs were left in the day.

Root soon completed his run-a-ball fifty, which contained 10 fours, while James hit a four off the last ball of the 24th over to bring up the 150.

However, play was stopped for bad light with the score on 161-1 and no improvement in the time left meant that was also the close of play score.

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