Second XI century for Clarke and five for Cork

Friday 2nd September 2016
Written by Danny Painter

Trialist Josh Clarke hit a century, before Greg Cork claimed 5-56 to put Derbyshire Second XI in a commanding position going into the final day of the Second XI Friendly against Nottinghamshire.

This was after the Seconds ripped through their opponents on Day One, dismissing them for just 84, with trialist Luis Reece, formerly of Lancashire, taking 4-29 on his first appearance for the Club and fellow trialist Gurjit Singh Sandhu returning 3-23.

In reply, Derbyshire made 245 all out with Australian Clarke hitting 100 from 177 balls and 32-year-old South African wicketkeeper Daryn Smit making the only other significant score of 59 off 107 deliveries, as the hosts took a 161-run lead from the first innings at Denby.

Faced with the difficult task of setting their hosts a competitive target, Nottinghamshire made a better fist of their second innings as Billy Root scored 45 after early wickets for Cork and Sandhu removed both openers.

Reece picked up his fifth wicket of the match when Anuj Dal was castled on 17 before Rob Hemmings removed Brett Hutton for the first wicket of his 2-76.

The fifth wicket to fall was that of Root, caught off Cork, who then proceeded to dismantle the Nottinghamshire mid to lower order.

Matt Milnes (59) and then C Marshall (40) and Jack Blatherwick (17) all added late runs for their side but Hemmings and Reece (2-69) picked up the final two wickets as Nottinghamshire were all out for 279 second time around to set Derbyshire 118 to win with three overs and a day remaining.

The hosts did lose an early wicket in their pursuit as Tom Wood as Ben Kitt removed him without scoring, passing 100 wickets for the Second XI season in the process.

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