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Derbyshire draw Bell & Co Tour Match

Sunday 13th August 2017
Written by Danny Painter

Kieran Powell hit a century on the final day at The 3aaa County Ground as the Bell & Co Tour Match against the West Indies ended in a draw.

The tourists’ batsmen enjoyed another good day with opener Powell scoring a hundred and all-rounder Roston Chase making an unbeaten 60 to add to his first innings hundred.

Charlie Macdonell (2-57) claimed his maiden first-class wickets, while Matt Sonczak (2-56) also took two wickets.

Skipper Jason Holder did not declare until tea at 327 for 6, a lead of 573, and Derbyshire reached 51-0 from 14 overs before the teams shook hands at 8pm.

The tourists went into the final day with a lead of 306 and they batted through the first two sessions with Powell and Chase taking the opportunity to further boost their confidence ahead of this week’s opening day/night Test.

Powell had missed out on a hundred by eight runs in the first innings but the 27-year-old left hander became the fourth West Indian in the match to score a century before he retired hurt with cramp.

He drove and pulled Tom Taylor for three consecutive fours as he accelerated to three figures off only 102 balls after Jermaine Blackwood had been well caught at extra cover for 29.

Jason Holder fell to left-arm spinner Matt Sonczak just before lunch and Derbyshire took three wickets in four overs before Chase asserted himself to pass 50 for the fourth consecutive innings.

Shane Dowrich edged a drive at Sonczak and Shai Hope failed to clear wide mid on before Kyle was caught at slip two balls later.

But that was Derbyshire’s last success as Chase and Kemar Roach shared an unbroken stand of 104 in 29 overs before Jason Holder gave his bowlers a work-out under the floodlights.

Ben Slater (27 not out) and Macdonell (17 not out) shared an unbeaten 51-run opening stand in the final hour before the teams shook hands and the match ended in a draw.

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