Australia were right on top throught the tour match against Derbyshire © Getty Images
Australia were right on top through out the tour match against Derbyshire © Getty Images

Derby: Derbyshire and Australia drew their three-day tour match at Derby on Saturday. Australia finished on 95 for one in their second innings. Michael Clarke, the Australia captain, was 44 not out after being dropped on 19, with Adam Voges unbeaten on 16. Australia’s chances of winning this match were severely hampered when rain washed out two-thirds of Friday’s second day. After Clarke won the toss, Australia piled up 413 for nine declared with openers David Warner and Shaun Marsh both making 101 before retiring out. READ: Ashes 2015: Chris Rogers rejoins Australia squad; To undergo medical assessment

Derbyshire, who resumed Saturday on 81 for two, were dismissed for 259 in reply. That left them 154 runs behind on the first innings and five shy of avoiding the follow-on, but Clarke opted against making them bat again.  Australia all-rounder Mitchell Marsh led the tourists’ attack with four for 41 in 15 overs.

Derbyshire’s Tony Palladino, primarily a seam bowler, top-scored in the innings with 82 off just 68 balls, including eight fours and four sixes. Together with David Wainwright (38) he put on 105 for the eighth wicket.  This was Australia’s last match before the third Ashes Test against England at Edgbaston starting on Wednesday.  Australia levelled the five-match series at 1-1 with a thumping 405-run win over England in the second Test at Lord’s last Sunday. READ: Peter Nevill chosen ahead of Brad Haddin as wicketkeeper for tour match between Australia and Derbyshire

Breif scores:

Australians 413 (David Warner 101, Shaun Marsh 101, Mitchell Marsh 53; Harry White 2 for 85, Will Davis 2 for 63) & 95 for 1 (Shaun Marsh 30, Michael Clarke 44) drew with Derbyshire 259 (David Wainwright 38, Tony Palladino 82; Mitchell Marsh 4 for 41, Fawad Ahmed 3 for 62)