Durston and Redfern dazzle in draw
Wes Durston and Dan Redfern hit centuries as Derbyshire’s LV= County Championship Division Two match with Hampshire faded into a draw.
Hampshire declared their overnight 352 for eight made on the third day and Derbyshire batted through the fourth to claim maximum batting bonus points, finishing 51 ahead at 403 for nine when stumps were drawn and hands shaken.
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, 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 in making 121 from 130 balls before being deceived by Sean Ervine.
Redfern, who made his highest first-class score, was seventh out, 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 six batsmen all reached double figures as Hampshire ran out of ideas and motivation.
Paceman David Balcombe returned to dismiss Jonathan 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, which ended the match with both teams taking 10 points from the contest.
Tomlinson finished with 3-101 while Kabir Ali, at last overcoming a pre-season tour injury to his ankle, took 3-60.