Rain scuppers Glamorgan efforts

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Robert Croft took three wickets for just six runs in eight overs as Derbyshire struggled badly in their second innings

Derbyshire escaped with a draw despite losing 11 wickets on the final day which saw Robert Croft and David Harrison give Glamorgan faint hopes of an LV= County Championship Division Two victory.

But in the end rain had the final say with a total of 178 overs – 24 on the final day – lost to the weather.

After resuming on 37 for two, 366 behind Glamorgan’s 403 for six declared, Derbyshire were bowled out for 210 – their last six wickets going for just 58 runs – as Harrison recorded 4-60 and Croft chipped in with three wickets.

And it was Croft who made inroads in the second innings as Derbyshire limped to 34 for three before the rain put an end to the contest. Croft ended with second-innings figures of 3-6 from eight overs.

After the third day was a complete washout the final day appeared to be all about accumulating bonus points.

But Derbyshire were soon in trouble. And it was James Harris, who had accounted for Steve Stubbings and Wavell Hinds on Wednesday evening, who got the breakthrough as Dan Redfern clipped the young seamer straight to Harrison at backward square.

And 63 for three became 90 for four with the introduction of Croft who took a simple return catch from Greg Smith.

But despite finding runs hard to come by against Croft and Garnett Kruger, opener Garry Park registered his half-century from 117 balls as Derbyshire reached lunch at 142 for four.

Harrison came to the fore after lunch as the seam bowler took three wickets in the space of 13 balls to put Derbyshire right on the back foot.

First Ben Wright took a good catch at square leg to end Park’s innings – he took three hours 20 minutes to accumulate his 64 – before Harrison struck eight balls to remove skipper James Pipe later with Wright taking another catch.

And four balls later Harrison broke through Graham Wagg’s defences as Derbyshire collapsed from 150 for four to 169 for seven.

Harrison’s fourth victim was Jonathan Clare, who he trapped lbw, before Robert Croft claimed the last two wickets - Jake Needham, caught at leg slip, and Ian Hunter, caught in the deep, to force the follow-on.

Batting second time round was not any easier for Derbyshire, especially when Croft came into the attack in only the seventh over.

First he had Park caught at leg slip for six and Hinds was stumped well out of his ground by wicketkeeper Mark Wallace in the last over before tea to leave them 18 for two.

Redfern was bowled behind his legs by Croft as there was more woe for Derbyshire, but in the end the rain had the final say.

Glamorgan took 12 points from the contest to Derbyshire’s seven.

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