Ben Aitchison takes career-best 6 for 28 as Derbyshire draw with Durham

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Ned Eckersley’s 82 and a composed 39 by Cameron Bancroft rule out any late drama

Durham 208 (Eckersley 82, Aitchison 6-28) drew with Derbyshire 258 (Rushworth 6-49)

Derbyshire’s young pace bowler Ben Aitchison returned career-best figures before the LV=Insurance County Championship match against Durham at Derby ended in a draw.

The 21-year-old Aitchison bowled superbly to take 6 for 28 from 16 overs but 82 from Ned Eckersley and a composed 39 by Australian Test opener Cameron Bancroft ruled out any late drama at the Incora County Ground.

Bancroft batted for nearly three hours and Eckersley passed 7,000 first-class runs on another cold and blustery day as Durham were bowled out for 208.

Matt Critchley captured his 100th first-class wicket but the game was always heading for a draw once Durham reached the 108 needed to avoid following-on.

Aitchison’s spell briefly raised Derbyshire’s hopes of enforcing it but Bancroft’s discipline ensured Durham were spared any embarrassment.

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