Derbyshire batters recover against Durham in the County Championship

Lewis du Ploy had another good day at Durham’s expense as Derbyshire staged a stunning recovery in their County Championship match at the Ancora County Ground. The Division Two promotion aspirants were struggling at 58-4 but du Plouis followed up his double century in the game with 82 off 124 balls at Chester-le-Street in July.


Harry Cam hit a career-best 78, sharing a stand of 143 from 32 overs with du Plouis before Anuj Dil added 56 as Derbyshire were bowled out for 306 – both Chris Rushworth and Ben Ryan. He took three wickets.

Durham’s decision to bowl on a good grass pitch looked good as Rushworth and Raine reduced Derbyshire to 31-3.

Louis Rees went off the second ball of the match when he delivered Rushworth into the gloves of Tom McIntosh and Billy Goodman’s poor season in the Championship continued when he drove on the Rhine in the next over.


Brook Guest showed good judgment in the challenging conditions and looked the part again at number three, but another big Derbyshire wicket fell in Rushworth’s sixth over.

Wayne Madsen had to play on a ball that went away from Sam and was caught for nine and the visitors, who scored a century at Chester-le-Street in July, also fell victim to a good delivery.

The visitors sent Rushworth down the ground for four and, along with Du Ploy, were starting to rebuild the innings when Raine removed one to take his off-stump.

Derbyshire was in deep trouble with the fall of another wicket before lunch, but Cam and du Ploy exchanged nine overs and the batting eased into the afternoon.

The inevitable change of ball took place after 40 overs but Durham wished they had stuck with the old ball as Du Ploy took Rhine’s first delivery to the bowler through the ninth boundary to reach 50 off 73 balls.

Derbyshire batters recover against Durham in the County Championship

He hit three more fours from that over and the Durham bowlers failed to maintain the consistency they had shown in the morning, with du Ploy and Cam playing with increasing conviction.

Cam scored his first first-class 50 at Trent Bridge earlier in the season and two sixes from Liam Travaskis took him to a second.

He launched the left-arm spinner down the ground before sending a full toss over the ropes and, with du Ploy punishing any short or over-putt, the momentum swung Derbyshire.

The pair looked ready to bat during the session until Du Plouis aimed a loose shot outside the off-stump at Trevasques and was caught behind.

Durham’s bowlers could not mount any sustained pressure after tea and Cam pulled Oliver Gibson for the fifth boundary to take his previous best score to 70.

But Gibson, who bowled with a lively pace, yorked him just before the second new ball which accounted for the tail, although Dill took another half to claim his third batting point before being dismissed in the final over of the day. Completed the century.

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