Derbyshire started their Twenty20 campaign on a grey blustery evening at the county ground. With rain forecast Wayne Madsen won the toss and asked Lancashire to bat first.
Mark Turner started with two accurate overs as he conceded only seven runs in that time, but by the end of the six-over Powerplay Lancashire had reached 52 for two, with Moore having hit 34 from only 21 balls.
The slow left-arm pairing of Chesney Hughes and David Wainwright kept the visitors’ progress in check, with Hughes completing his four overs without conceding a boundary.
Even so Lancashire’s skipper Croft managed to hit three sixes from the quicker bowlers before he succumbed to Turner for 46 (35 balls).
Wes Durston and Ross Whiteley set Derbyshire on their way with some bold strokeplay, and Derbyshire looked to be making a sound base from which to mount their final assault. They lost three wickets in nine balls, however, and, with the score at 82 for five,Lancashire looked to be favourites. But Hughes and Rana Naved-ul-Hasan played their shots and only two overs later Derbyshire were ahead of the Duckworth/Lewis par score again.
At this point Mahmood, who had proved expensive in his first two-over spell (25 runs) was brought back and he conceded 4, 1, 5 wides, another wide, one run off a No ball, followed by a 3 from the resulting free hit.
That was seventeen runs from three legitimate balls, at which point the umpires decided that the persistent light drizzle had thickened enough for play to be suspended.
The two not out batsmen, Hughes and Naved, had hit 16 runs from eleven balls and 19 from only nine balls.
Derbyshire still needed 51 runs from 8.3 overs: the umpires waited for half-an-hour before overs would have to be deducted, but after another fifteen minutes they decided that there was no chance of a resumption, so the match was abandoned with Derbyshire winning under the Duckworth/Lewis method.
It is probably fair to say that Derbyshire just about outplayed Lancashire on the night, and this result gives them hope of making further progress in the competition.
Derbyshire’s next FLt20 matches are with Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge on Friday (5.00 start), against Yorkshire at Derby on Monday and Durham at Derby next Wednesday.
Lancashire 168 for 5 (20 overs) (SJ Croft 46, SC Moore 34, PJ Horton 27; TD Groenewald 2 for 34, CF Hughes 1 for 21, ML Turner 1 for 23, DJ Wainwright 1 for 29)
Derbyshire 118 for 5 (11.3 overs) (WJ Durston 31, RA Whiteley 24; LA Procter 2 for 15)
Derbyshire (2 points) beat Lancashire (0) by 17 runs (D/L method)
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