Derbyshire travelled to Horsham in Sussex for their fourth away match in this competition. The forecast was not too promising, but the match started on time with Wayne Madsen winning the toss and choosing to field first.
Rana Naved-ul-Hasan was making his debut as an overseas player for Derbyshire. Sussex started briskly with seven fours being hit in the space of twenty-four balls. During this time Mark Turner had bowled the dangerous Ed Joyce, and then Tim Groenewald took two wickets in his fourth over.
With Sussex on 40 for three their batsmen concentrated on keeping their wickets intact and they added only 18 from the next six overs. Gatting and Yardy looked to accelerate but, when Gatting, having hit two sixes, was well caught by Madsen at extra-cover off David Wainwright, the score had reached 102 for five.
Three overs later the umpires brought the players off for a persistent drizzle which gradually became more intense, making the chance of a resumption, even with a reduced number of overs and target under the Duckworth/Lewis method, quite unlikely.
Soon after five o’clock, the umpires confirmed that this was indeed the case and the match was abandoned with each team taking one point.
Sussex 111 for 5 (24 overs) (JS Gatting 24, MH Yardy 22*; TD Groenewald 3 for 30)
Derbyshire did not bat
Match Abandoned – Derbyshire (1 point) Sussex (1)
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