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Derbyshire hail the weather as they survive against Hants
From the moment Paul Borrington edged the first ball of the day and was caught behind, they were in a state of pandemonium.
That rain break cut 33 minutes out of the final hour but there was still time for Hampshire, who had spinners on at both ends and almost everyone in close catching positions.
The notional possibility of Derbyshire scoring 346 to win disappeared when morning rain left only 51 overs to play on the final day and while that was nowhere near long enough for Derbyshire to get the 314 more runs they needed, it was plenty long enough for Hampshire to take 10 wickets.
Hughes and Gareth Cross saw out the last eight overs before tea but Cross was lbw to Kyle Abbott almost straight after the restart.
It was absolutely the right decision. Minutes later, the outfield was Nike Kobe 9 Elite Low University Red Black
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Maybe they would have stuck it out because Alex Hughes played an innings of tremendous spirit and durability and Tim Groenewald, who has made a bit of a habit of being in the middle with a bat in his hand at crunch times, was with him.
Derbyshire left the Ageas Bowl with 10 points from an LV County Championship draw against Hampshire but they escaped by the skin of their teeth. Big time.
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Into the attack came Matt Coles to get Scott Elstone lbw and then find a nick from Wayne Madsen that flew to third slip 42 5. What a shocker!
They were left clinging on at 107 8 when the match was abandoned as a draw, having made an almighty mess of the first 10 overs of the day, in which they slumped from 31 0 to 42 5.
Stephen Moore drove loosely and was caught at cover point, then Marcus North shouldered arms and had his off stump knocked out of the ground. James Tomlinson had taken all three wickets and Derbyshire were 40 3.
With all respect to the batting abilities of Mark Footitt, Derbyshire were down to their last life then at 96 8 with 20 overs at least to come but the ninth wicket pair held out long enough to hear the sweet sound of rainfall on their batting helmets.
umpires cast their eyes to a huge black cloud heading their way and decided to call time.
David Wainwright scored 22 and stayed with Hughes for 11 overs in a seventh wicket stand of 33 but then he was lbw offering no shot to left arm spinner Danny Briggs, who followed up in his next over with the wicket of Tony Palladino.
Quite whether Derbyshire would have been able to hold on through the final hour if it had not been for the heavy shower followed by bad light (the prelude to an almighty hail storm) which cut short Hampshire's surge with only two wickets to fall, we will never know.
Whatever the source, Derbyshire were happy to take it because they know they were so, so fortunate Hypershift Wolf Grey to have avoided a defeat that would have taken this already sorry season to new depths.
Perhaps Derbyshire would have defied everything the home side could throw at them and survived. However, the intervention from above was most welcome just in case.
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If the umpires had not taken the players off, maybe the fire and brimstone would have been next.
Two balls after tea, they were 51 6 with at least, weather permitting, 33 overs to go and it seemed they didn't have a prayer. Perhaps someone in the Derbyshire dressing room actually did have a prayer?
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