Harmison helps Tykes fight back

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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.

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.

Derbyshire will begin play today trailing by 84 runs.