East Midlands

Cool Chanderpaul gives Derbyshire hope

After the first match of England’s one-day international series against Australia at Headingley was declared a washout yesterday afternoon, it was left to the County Championship to fill centre stage.  A deluge  overnight and throughout the morning meant that the likelihood of any play was quickly dashed, with the sides due to reconvene at Old Trafford tomorrow.

County cricket: League leaders escape after rain frustrates

Warwickshire will not yet admit defeat but their chances of mounting a successful defence of their title certainly receded when a rain-wrecked final day at Headingley robbed them of an  opportunity to deal Yorkshire’s prospects a blow.

Derbyshire 235 & 269 Yorkshire 617-5 dec (Yorkshire win by innings and

Yorkshire have been so far in front of Derbyshire for most of this match that wrapping up victory before the end of day three – and in doing so reclaiming the lead in the Championship – always looked a possibility, even though it required their bowlers to run in all day in strength-sapping heat.

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