Following an almost breathless rush through the latter part of the T20 Vitality Blast group stage, and quarter final, Derbyshire make the long trip to the north-east to face Durham as the county championship resumes.
Heritage Officer David Griffin previews the match and looks at the statistical highlights of the past.
There have been 31 fixtures between these two counties, the first at Chesterfield in 1992 when rain reduced the game to a one-innings match played on the final day, and even that game was rain-interrupted and ended in a rather soggy draw.
The 1993 fixture at Durham’s Racecourse Ground was also drawn, again, as a result of inclement weather.
To date, Derbyshire have won six matches, Durham 13, with 12 draws.
Durham’s biggest win – by an innings and 79 runs at Darlington in 2000 was followed seven weeks later by Derbyshire’s biggest win, by 232 runs at Derby in a game which saw Dominic Cork make a magnificent, unbeaten 200, the highest score ever made by a Derbyshire player batting at number eight.
Derbyshire’s batsmen have made 16 hundreds against Durham, Michael Di Venuto leading the way with four, although the current squad have recent good memories with the bat against Durham – Alex Hughes and Luis Reece have both made hundreds against them, including Reece’s 122 at Chester-le-Street in August 2020.
Derbyshire’s highest individual score in these games is Mohammad Azharuddin’s outstanding 205 in Derbyshire’s second innings at Chesterfield in 1994, when he struck six sixes in a display of the highest class.
Durham’s highest individual score came in the match at Chester-le-Street in 2021 when David Bedingham scored 257, the 14th highest individual score ever made against Derbyshire.
Chris Adams scored a hundred before lunch at Chester-le-Street in 1997, the third time he had achieved the feat, a county record he holds with Kim Barnett, while Di Venuto is the sole Derbyshire batsman to score hundreds against Durham at home and away in the same season, scoring 150 at Chester-le-Street and 143 at Derby in 2003.
The highest partnership for any wicket is Di Venuto’s with Hasan Adnan in 2005 when they added 272 for the third wicket at Derby while the highest partnership for the tenth wicket is 66 by Richard Sladdin and Ole Mortensen at The Racecourse, Durham in 1993. And in 2002 Mohammad Ali registered the highest debut score by a batman batting at number nine when he made 53 against Durham at Derby.
With the ball, there have been 21 instances of bowlers taking five wickets in an innings, Dominic Cork heading that list with three, and Reece, of the current squad, taking five for 47 at Derby in 2019 when the home side won by 125 runs, and Sam Conners taking five for 83 in the drawn game last season at Chester-le-Street.
Ben Aitchison, however, leads the way with the best ever innings figures against Durham, taking six for 28 at Derby in 2021.
Three bowlers have taken 10 wickets in a match against Durham, Kevin Dean (10-105) at Chester-le-Street in 2001, Dominic Cork (10-126) at Derby in 2002 when he also scored 56, and Duanne Olivier (10-125) at Chester-le-Street in 2018; and Imran Tahir is the sole Derbyshire bowler to take five wickets on his debut against Durham, with five for 110 at Chesterfield in 2017.
Derbyshire’s last win at Derby was in April 2019 when Harvey Hosein scored half centuries in each innings and Luis Reece took five for 47 as the home side won by 125 runs, while their last win at Chester-le-Street came in July 2004 when they won by 165 runs thanks largely to a marvellous 147 not out by Jon Moss.
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