Rain cuts Day Two short at Chesterfield

Monday 1st July 2024
Photography by: David Griffin, report by ECB Writers' Network

Rain showers ended the day’s play early at Queen’s Park, as play was abandoned shortly before 4.30pm.

Earlier, James Wharton and Jonny Tattersall shared a record breaking stand before rain frustrated Yorkshire on the second day of the Vitality County Championship match against Derbyshire at Chesterfield.

The pair shared a partnership of 241, Yorkshire’s highest for the sixth wicket against Derbyshire, as the visitors moved to 416 for 6 when play ended.

Wharton faced 241 balls for his career-best 188 which contained 23 fours and six sixes and Tattersall scored 93 not out off 151 balls to give Yorkshire a lead of 340.

Yorkshire had been unrelenting with the ball on day one and there was no respite for Derbyshire as Wharton and Tattersall batted through a rain-shortened first session.

With Derbyshire bowling spin from both ends to improve their over rate, they did much as they pleased to eclipse a record which had stood for more than a hundred years.

Wharton twice dispatched the leg spin of Mitch Wagstaff for six and after surviving a difficult chance to deep cover on 147, he reached 150 off 180 balls, 104 of them coming in boundaries.

Tattersall’s contribution was not as eye catching but was just as valuable in putting Yorkshire into a near impregnable position and the pair eased past the county’s previous highest sixth wicket stand against Derbyshire of 178 set by Emmott Robinson and Cecil Burton in 1921.

Derbyshire eventually claimed a second new ball after 89 overs and after Wharton drove Daryn Dupavillon through the covers to bring up the 400, rain brought another prosperous session for the visitors to a close.

When play resumed after lunch, Dupavillon finally broke through by having Wharton caught at second slip for the 12th highest individual score against Derbyshire in Yorkshire’s history.

He departed to a standing ovation and warm congratulations from the Derbyshire fielders who recognised how well he had played in far from straight-forward conditions.

Jordan Thompson announced his intentions by hitting two fours before more rain stopped play with Tattersall seven short of a century and that proved to be the final action on a day when only 35.1 overs were bowled.

Derbyshire captain David Lloyd said: “I thought we bowled ok in spells yesterday, we had them 160 for 5 but letting that partnership build between Wharton and Tattersall was obviously disappointing.

“The lads are quite down no surprise there because it hasn’t been a great week and a bit really in terms of the way we’ve gone about things and we’ve got to face up to that and show a bit of character and fight second innings.

“You can see sometimes that the lads are a bit low on confidence and we’ve got to park that and get behind each other as a group because we are going to have to learn from these last couple of games. 

“There are two days to go and we’ve got to show what we can do with the bat and there’s an opportunity for a few of us to put our hands up and show some fight.”

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