Warwickshire v Derbyshire, LV= County Championship
Warwickshire drew their opening LV=CC match of the season against Derbyshire at Edgbaston after play was abandoned immediately after lunch on the final day.
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Overnight batsmen, Varun Chopra and Ian Westwood completed half centuries on the final morning, posting an opening partnership of 139 before Westwood steered Groenewald to Whiteley in the gulley for 56.
With the weather drawing in Porterfield fell to the spin of Durston for six and Chopra’s innings closed when he edged Hughes to wicketkeeper Poynton for 76.
Troughton was stumped off Durston but Evans 19* and Ambrose 14* saw Warwickshire past 200 and a batting point, before lunch, as the rain started to fall.
With the bad weather returning there was no possibility of play during the afternoon session and the match was abandoned as a draw.
Warwickshire took seven points and Derbyshire five.
Warwickshire are in action again on Wednesday April 17th when they entertain Durham at Edgbaston beginning at 11.00am.
At the close of another rain ruined third day in which just 20 overs were possible, Warwickshire were 90-0 in reply to Derbyshire’s 226.
Light rain and persistent bad light prevented any play on the second day.
The rain returned on the third day and again there was no play until mid-way through the afternoon when Derbyshire managed just five overs before the rain returned.
After an early tea, Chopra and Westwood batted solidly against the Derbyshire opening attack posting a half century partnership in the sixteenth over.
With three more interruptions for rain in the final session, Warwickshire were 90-0 at the close of the day with Chopra 48* and Westwood 31*.
Warwickshire won the toss and finished the day on 14 without loss having bowled out Derbyshire for 226.
Progress was slow on the opening morning for the Derbyshire batsmen in their county’s first match back in Division One after being promoted as champions last summer.
Chris Wright received his County cap from Jim Troughton before play and then paid his skipper back with the wickets of the two openers, Godleman 2 and Masden 13, both to catches at first slip by Chopra.
Durston 26* and Chanderpaul 7* then dug in and took Derbyshire to lunch on 50-2, despite Durston being dropped in the gulley by Patel off Clarke just before the break.
Immediately after the break, Hannon-Dalby trapped Durston 32 lbw to a full delivery, but Redfern, replacing Durston, quickly got into his stride, hitting him for three consecutive boundaries as Derbyshire accelerated after a slow morning session to move on to 97-3.
Eight runs later, Patel was introduced into the attack and the game changed dramatically as Redfern 34 missed an attempted pull and was lbw. Two overs later the New Zealander repeated the dismissal, when Chanderpaul was lbw for 15.
A total mix up between Hughes and Whiteley saw Chopra’s return throw to Patel leave Whiteley hopelessly stranded and was run out for four.
Poynton then edged Patel and was brilliantly caught one-handed by Clarke for a single as Derbyshire slipped to 117-7
Hughes and Palladino took the Derbyshire total on to 152-7 at tea but Wright struck immediately after the break when Chopra completed a third catch to remove Hughes for twenty with Derbyshire 154-8
After short bad light break, Rikki Clarke was able to finally claim his first wicket of the day after bowling superbly in his 19 overs throughout the day. William Porterfield took the catch low down at gully to remove former Bear Tim Groenewald for 3. However, a definant last wicket stand from Palladino and Turner took the visitors past 200 and on on to 226 before Jim Troughton superbly caught the former over his shoulder for 68 off Tom Milnes.
After Varun smashed Groenewald's short and wide first delivery of the innings for four, the Bears reached 14 with Chopra 6* and Westwood 4*.