CricInfo Championship: Derbyshire v Durham at Derby, 6-9 Jun 2001
Nigel Gardner

Derbyshire 1st innings: Lunch - Day 2,
Durham 1st innings: Tea - Day 2, Stumps - Day 2,
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PENG HELPS SPARE DURHAM'S BLUSHES

Nicky Peng helped save Durham from potential embarrassment on another hard-fought day at Derby.

The 18-year-old right-hander played responsibly for 31 overs to steady Durham who were wobbling at 139-5 in reply to Derbyshire's 318.

With Andy Pratt, he took his team past the 169 they needed to avoid the follow-on before wickets in consecutive overs tilted the game back towards Derbyshire.

Peng pulled a Richard Illingworth long hop to mid-wicket and Pratt was caught behind off Tim Munton to raise Derbyshire's hopes of a sizeable first innings lead.

This was one of Derbyshire's best days of a so far disappointing season and they start the third day with a lead of 117 and three wickets left to take.

Their first score of over 300 at Derby since last August was due to some spirited lower order batting and a wild over from Steve Harmison who gave away 10 extras including one ball which went for four wides.

A total of 48 extras was second highest score in the Derbyshire innings but Durham looked comfortable with Michael Gough and Martin Love at the wicket.

But Gough played on to Nathan Dumelow and Martin Speight played across Graeme Welch after struggling for 13 overs for 14.

Love passed fifty for the fourth time this season before he was lbw pushing half forward at Illingworth and when Danny Law top-edged a pull, Durham were in trouble.

But Peng and Pratt played sensibly although Derbyshire will still expect to strengthen their position tomorrow as they push for their first victory since August when Durham were beaten at the County Ground.



MINI-COLLAPSE PUTS DERBYSHIRE IN DRIVING SEAT

Martin Love demonstrated the strength of Australian batting talent but a mini-collapse left Durham struggling at tea on the second day at Derby.

The Queenslander made his fourth score of over 50 but was out in the penultimate over of the afternoon session for 54.

Durham were comfortably placed at 79-1 in reply to Derbyshire's 318 but the loss of three wickets tilted the balance towards the home side.

Michael Gough had made 42 when he played forward to off spinner Nathan Dumelow and saw the ball roll back on to his stumps.

Martin Speight laboured for 13 overs for his 14 until he played across the line and was lbw to Graeme Welch who had removed Jon Lewis in the last over before lunch.

Love moved to his half-century which contained five fours and looked well set but he played only half forward to Richard Illingworth to be lbw and at tea, Durham were 131-4 from 48 overs.



WAYWARD HARMISON HELPS DERBYSHIRE PASS 300

A combination of wayward bowling and spirited tail-end batting saw Derbyshire reach 300 for the first time this season.

Starting the second day on 239-6, they secured a third batting point despite losing Karl Krikken in the fourth over of another chilly day.

Krikken went to his first half-century of the summer by cutting Steve Harmison for his seventh four but was then bowled by a ball from Nick Phillips that spun sharply.

Nathan Dumelow was caught behind pushing at Ian Hunter and when Richard Illingworth chopped Harmison into his stumps, Derbyshire were 277-9.

But Harmison then sent down an over which included six wides, including one which went to the boundary, and four leg byes and Tim Munton brought up the 300 in the next over with a push for two through the covers.

Munton drove Simon Brown for consecutive boundaries and when Phillips came back, lofted him over long off for six before he was caught behind in the same over for 20 to give the off-spinner his fifth victim.

Replying to Derbyshire's 318, Durham reached 30 but lost Jon Lewis in what was the final over of the morning when he edged Graeme Welch to second slip before a sharp shower ended the session.

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