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Chesterfield unfit for play

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The top-of-the-table showdown between Derbyshire and Yorkshire in LV= County Championship Division Two ended in stalemate and frustration when no play was possible for the third day running at Chesterfield.

Despite a morning of bright sunshine, the heavy rain of the previous two days had left parts of the Queen's Park outfield unfit for play and umpires Peter Hartley and Sunderan Ravi had no alternative but to abandon the game as a draw after a third inspection at 1:45pm.

It means both teams take six points from the contest and leaders Derbyshire remain 25 points in front of one of their promotion rivals who held a slight advantage in this game before the weather intervened.

They reduced the home side to 135 for seven after Derbyshire bowled them out for 219 with Steve Harmison taking 3-0 in 11 balls on his second appearance for Yorkshire following his one-month loan signing from Durham.

The two teams were keen to get some play in on the last day to try and pick up extra bonus points but Yorkshire's director of cricket Martyn Moxon said: "The damage was done on the previous two days. The risk of someone slipping in the conditions was pretty high."

Derbyshire skipper Wayne Madsen added: "If we had played, it was going to be dangerous and we didn't want to risk any injuries."

It was a disappointing way for Derbyshire's 400th first-class game at Chesterfield to end but the club are confident tomorrow's Clydesdale Bank 40 match at Queen's Park will go ahead.

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