Derbyshire's hopes washed away

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Steffan Jones & Derbyshire

Derbyshire had Sussex seven down overnight and with a last-innings chase in sight, but rain put paid to their chances

The prospect of an intriguing finish between Derbyshire and Sussex in LV= County Championship Division Two was washed out by heavy rain at Derby which prevented any play on the final day.

The contest was in the balance when Sussex had collapsed to 71 for seven, a lead of 163 overnight, with South African left-arm spinner Robin Peterson taking 4-10, his best figures yet for Derbyshire.

With the pitch becoming increasingly difficult to bat on, a target of around 200 would have been a testing one and spinner Monty Panesar would have been expected to exploit the conditions.

But rain during the night and throughout the morning frustrated the ambitions of both teams and although lunch was taken early, there was no sign of any break in the weather.

Another heavy shower forced umpires Michael Gough and David Millns to make the inevitable decision to call the game off just before 1pm - with Sussex taking 11 points and Derbyshire nine.

The draw halts a run of three consecutive championship defeats for Derbyshire and leaves Sussex without a victory in their last four matches.

It also brought a soggy end to Sussex all-rounder Robin Martin-Jenkins’ last away game in the championship before he retires to take up a teaching post.

Martin-Jenkins had scored the fifth first-class century of his career in the first innings and Sussex would have been looking to him to take their lead past 200.

But the 34-year-old was denied the chance to leave his mark on the Derbyshire attack for a second time.

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