Rain ruins tense finish as game ends in draw at Derby

LV County Championship Division Two, Derby
Derbyshire 288 & 202-6 drew with Essex 179 & 331
Derbys 8pts, Essex 6pts
Match scorecard
LV County Championship

Rain ruined the prospect of an exciting finish as Derbyshire and Essex had to settle for a draw.

Chasing 223 to win, Derbyshire slipped to 26-3 as David Masters (3-52) took the first three wickets, then 118-5.

The hosts were 21 runs shy of victory on 202-6, with Wes Durston unbeaten on 90, when a heavy downpour put paid to their hopes of winning the game.

Earlier, Essex were dismissed for 331, South African Greg Smith finishing with figures of 4-63.

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