Cricket latest: Yorkshire battling back at Chesterfield

Yorkshire and Steve Harmison hit back late in the day after an astonishing collapse had seen Derbyshire dismiss the visitors for 219 on the opening day of the LV= County Championship match at Chesterfield.

The top-of-the-table Division Two clash saw Yorkshire lose seven wickets for the addition of just 44 runs at one stage, but Harmison’s late heroics ensured the Tykes would start day two in a strong position.

The former England pace bowler, on loan from Durham, recovered from a wayward opening spell to take three for the loss of no runs in 11 balls as Derbyshire slipped to 135 for seven at the close.

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Phil Jaques top-scored with 61 for the visitors and Gary Ballance made 46 but the rest of the batting fell away as Mark Turner took three wickets in 12 balls to start the first collapse of a remarkable day.

Yorkshire’s decision to bat first had looked a good one despite the loss of openers Joe Root and Adam Lyth to Tim Groenewald in the first hour at Queen’s Park.

Jonny Bairstow reeled off several handsome boundaries in his 27 but he also rode his luck before he edged a forcing stroke at Tony Palladino into his middle stump.

But Jaques and Ballance then took control, adding 81 in under 16 overs.

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Ballance looked in fine touch against his former county but Turner removed him with one that lifted and then had Anthony McGrath caught behind and Rich Pyrah lbw playing across the line.

Jaques skied a sweep to midwicket and although Harmison and Steven Patterson took Yorkshire to a batting point, they had thrown away a good position.

When Harmison conceded 27 in his first three overs - which contained five wides and two no balls - it did not look good for the visitors, but Derbyshire also batted poorly after reaching 43 without loss.

Skipper Wayne Madsen and Usman Khawaja fell to loose drives and there were more poor strokes when Harmison returned for his second burst at the Pavilion end.

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Jon Clare was caught behind chasing a wide ball and Wes Durston also went after one he should have left alone and edged to second slip to give Harmison his first Yorkshire wickets.

He had a third when former Yorkshire spinner David Wainwright pulled a bouncer into the hands of long leg, and when play finally ended at just after 7pm, the game was back in the balance with Derbyshire trailing by 84 runs.