By John Brown
Derbyshire travelled to Headingley for their third away match in this competition. Yorkshirewon the toss and chose to field first, whereupon Martin Guptill and Chesney Hughes got Derbyshire off to a fine start. Guptill looked in particularly ominous form as he reached his fifty in 53 balls with three sixes and four fours.
When Hughes was bowled immediately after reaching his own fifty (72 balls with four fours) the opening pair had added a fine 137 in less than twenty-five overs. This should have been the platform for an onslaught, but thereafter no-one could settle and, try as they would, the run-rate dropped and only another 82 runs were scored from the last fifteen overs.
A total of 219 was many fewer thanYorkshireshould have been challenged to chase, and they were able to take their time with comparatively little risk. Derbyshire’s front-line spinners, David Wainwright, playing against his old county for the first time, and Wes Durston, slowed the scoring for a while, but when Gary Ballance decided to raise the rate he did so with some comfort.
Ballance had started his career with Derbyshire a few years earlier, but he had been allowed to leave and now he showed his old county what they were missing. After Durston had dismissed both openers, Ballance shared consecutive partnerships of 69 and an unbroken 70 with Jaques and Root to take his team home by a comfortable seven wickets with fourteen balls to spare.
Derbyshire will have rued the fact that they were unable to make the most of what had been a most promising start as they lost their second match in this competition. Their first 40-over game at home (Derby) will be on Bank Holiday Monday, 4th June, when they will be seeking revenge for last week’s defeat by Warwickshire.
Derbyshire 219 for 8 (40 overs) (MJ Guptill 89, CF Hughes 50; MA Starc 3 for 28, A McGrath 2 for 24)
Torkshire 223 for 3 (37.4 overs) (GS Ballance 77*, PA Jaques 47, AW Gale 33, A Lyth 31, JE Root 28*; WJ Durston 2 for 40)
Yorkshire (2 points) beat Derbyshire by 7 wickets
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