Taylor takes five wickets as seconds draw

Thursday 4th July 2019
Written by Danny Painter

James Taylor took five wickets as Derbyshire drew with Northamptonshire in the Second XI Friendly at Desborough Town CC. 

The bowler took 5-40 as Northamptonshire ended the match 236-8, with Richard Levi on 82 not out after scoring an unbeaten century in the first innings.

Northamptonshire began the day on 10-1, still trailing Derbyshire’s first innings total by 130. The hosts could only add two to their overnight total before their second wicket fell, as Taylor had Emilio Gay (3) caught by Daryn Smit.

Charlie Thurston had struck a half-century on Day One, but could only manage 15 on the final day before he was bowled by Taylor as Derbyshire made a strong start.

Taylor claimed his third wicket of the morning, his fourth of the innings, when he trapped Ben Claydon lbw for two, leaving Northamptonshire 37-4.

Following his unbeaten top-score in the first innings, Levi continued this innings in the same vein and reached his fifty in 92 balls, including five fours, while Taylor’s fifth and final victim was Tom Sole, who was out lbw after a 44-ball innings garnered ten runs.

Levi and Bahbra (59 not out)  put on the only century partnership of the innings, combining to make 102 runs before the match ended in a draw.

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