Hosein and du Plooy hit fifties in draw

Wednesday 3rd July 2019
Written by Danny Painter

Harvey Hosein and Leus du Plooy both hit half-centuries as Derbyshire drew with Middlesex on Day Four of the Specsavers County Championship game against Middlesex. 

After taking two wickets to help Derbyshire dismiss the visitors for 520, du Plooy (69 not out) reached his half-century during a 121-run stand with Hosein, who scored 61.

Dawid Malan had earlier made 199, while John Simpson managed 104 for Middlesex, while the former also dismissed Matt Critchley (1) before the captains shook hands shortly before 5pm.

Having resumed with Middlesex on 436-6, the seventh-wicket partnership of Malan and Simpson moved their total beyond 200 runs on the fourth morning, eventually ending on 224.

The Middlesex captain fell one short of his double-century when he was caught and bowled by Matt Critchley, but not before Simpson had made it to three figures himself in 219 balls, including 11 fours.

Simpson was the next to go when he was bowled by Leus du Plooy for a score of 115, and the bowler was at it again in his next over when he trapped Tom Helm (1) lbw.

Derbyshire took the second new ball and Tony Palladino claimed his second wicket of the innings, bowling Nathan Sowter (13) to end a 28-run tenth-wicket stand with Toby Roland-Jones and bring the Middlesex innings to a close on 520, still 37 runs behind the hosts.

With their lead still in-tact, the opening pair of Luis Reece and Billy Godleman saw off the final six overs before lunch. However, they could not replicate their 167-run partnership in the first innings, as the Derbyshire captain was caught by Simpson off Helm for 18 shortly after lunch.

Fynn Hudson-Prentice arrived at the crease, having made 99 in the first innings and taken a wicket with his very first ball for Derbyshire in first-class cricket, but he could not continue his success on debut, getting run out by Malan without scoring.

Reece made 14 before he was out lbw to Sowter, who then had Alex Hughes caught behind for nought, leaving Derbyshire 39-4, still leading by 76 runs.

Harvey Hosein came to the crease to join du Plooy, and the pair stabilised the innings by bring up their half-century partnership in 69 deliveries.

The hosts 126-4 at tea, with both batsman still at the crease and a lead of 163. They took their partnership into three figures shortly after the interval, with both batsman reaching fifty during the stand, meaning that seven Derbyshire batsman had made a score of 50 or higher against Middlesex for the first-time ever.

Hosein got there in 74 balls, including eight fours, after du Plooy already reached his own half-century in 68 balls, which saw him strike five fours and one six.

He scored 61 runs before being given out lbw to Sowter, before Critchley was dismissed by Malan in the same manner the very next over, with Derbyshire 161-6, leading by 198.

The captains shook hands shortly before 5pm as the game was drawn at The Pattonair County Ground, with Derbyshire still 215 runs in front.

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