Aitcheson and Conners lead way as Derbyshire bowlers hit back against Warwickshire

Warwickshire are 169 for five in reply to Derbyshire's 189 all out after the second day at Edgbaston...

Saturday, 10th April 2021, 9:33 am
Sam Conners. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Derbyshire s bowlers hit back on the second day of the LV=Insurance County Championship match at Edgbaston as Warwickshire reached 169 for five in reply to the visitors' 189.

Batting was difficult throughout a heavily weather-affected day as the ball seamed around under thick cloud and a young Derbyshire attack, led by the impressive Ben Aitcheson (two for 31) and Sam Conners (two for 40), maintained the pressure.

Rob Yates (40, 63 balls, eight fours) batted fluently but the rest had to battle, and sixth-wicket pair Matt Lamb (41 not out, 82 balls, eight fours) and Tim Bresnan (27 not out, 49 balls, five fours) did so effectively to add an unbroken 55 before bad light lopped of the last 20 overs.

The Bears resumed on the second morning on 13 for one and advanced to 38 for one in 35 minutes play before the first rain interruption triggered an early lunch.

Yates was in excellent nick but became the first of four batsmen to fall to fatal edges in the afternoon session as the ball wobbled about. He edged Fynn Hudson-Prentice to second slip where Wayne Madsen took a fine catch and Aitchison then struck in his first over when Sam Hain (14, 25 balls) edged and again Madsen made no mistake.

Conners unfurled a perfectly shaped off-cutter which Dom Sibley (29, 100 balls, four fours) feathered to wicketkeeper Harvey Hosein. As the scoring dried up, at one stage four runs came from 45 balls during which a sequence of 28 dot balls culminated in Michael Burgess edging Aitchesen to the keeper.

That left Warwickshire wobbling at 114 for five, still 75 behind, but Lamb and Bresnan dug in deep. There was plenty of playing and missing but the pair concentrated hard and Derbyshire were left to rue the reprieve they gave to Lamb when, on 26, he edged the fourth ball after tea, from Hudson-Prentice, to slip but the chance went down.