Hampshire vs Derbyshire

Match info: County Championship Division 2 at The Ageas Bowl

Date: 12th May 2012 Status: Day 4 of 4 Umpires: J W Lloyds and M J Saggers

Home team and score Away team score

Hampshire

352/8 Dec (96.0 Overs)

Result

Derbyshire

403/9 Dec (87.5 Overs)

Match Drawn

  • Last Updated: May 12 2012, 20:17 BST

Wes Durston and Dan Redfern each hit centuries as Derbyshire's LV= County Championship Division Two match at Hampshire drifted to a draw, with each side leaving the Rose Bowl with 10 points.

Wes Durston: Century in drawn match
Wes Durston: Century in drawn match

With the first two days lost to rain a draw was always the likeliest result and so it proved as the sides could not agree on a run-chase formula and there were none of the expected forfeitures.

Hampshire declared their overnight 352 for eight and Derbyshire batted through the day to finish on 403 for nine when stumps were drawn.

Durston and Redfern lit up an otherwise undramatic last day with a stand of 178 for the fourth wicket in 34 overs.

This came after Kabir Ali and James Tomlinson had ripped out the first three Derbyshire batsmen on a slow wicket to reduce the unbeaten leaders to 37 for three.

But once Durston and Redfern, with his second century of the season and the best score of his career, had removed any outside threat of a Hampshire victory, the rest of the day became batting practice.

Durston was the more belligerent of the two, hitting 16 fours and five sixes on his way to 121 from 130 balls before being deceived by Sean Ervine.

Redfern was seventh out, his job done, having made 133 with 18 fours and a six from 161 balls. Left-arm spinner Liam Dawson came in for some heavy treatment as Hampshire struggled to stem the flow.

Dawson conceded 127 from 25 overs as Hampshire, who had tried to tempt their opponents with a couple of target offers before the start of play, found the pitch easing in the bright sunshine.

Left-hander Redfern fell at 333 giving Tomlinson a return catch but the last four batsmen all reached double figures as Hampshire ran out of ideas and motivation.

Pace bowler David Balcombe returned to dismiss Jon Clare and Tom Poynton in quick succession but last pair Tony Palladino and Tim Groenewald indulged themselves in an unbroken stand of 44.

Palladino hit three fours in an over from Tomlinson before the Derbyshire declaration and end of the match to leave the visitors wondering if they might have been better off accepting a contrived finish.

Tomlinson, playing in his first match of the season, finished with three for 101 while Ali, at last overcoming a pre-season tour injury to his ankle, took three for 60.