Unbeaten fifty by Ben Cox seals draw for Worcestershire after Derbyshire play it safe

Worcestershire 305 (Fell 69, Wessels 60, Critchley 5-67) and 193 for 8 (Cox 60*) drew with Derbyshire 390 (Critchley 109, du Plooy 98, Hosein 83*, Godleman 50) and 312 for 5 declared (Critchley 84, Madsen 66, Hosein 55*)

Derbyshire’s captain, Billy Godleman, spent the last two sessions off the field with a groin injury and a darkened room was an appropriate setting after his negative declaration contributed to his side’s failure to force victory against Worcestershire at The County Ground.

Only Essex, 29 years ago, had chased down a higher victory target against Derbyshire on this ground than the 398 in 84 overs that Godleman set Worcestershire and thanks primarily to a defiant, unbeaten 60 from 148 balls from Ben Cox, Derbyshire were repelled at 193 for 8.

Derbyshire’s youthful pace attack meant that much of the onus rested with the legspin of Matt Critchley, but although he wheeled away from the City End for much of the day, he could not quite force victory on a slow surface and finished with 3 for 76 from 32.5 overs – and 8 for 147 in the match.

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