By John Brown
Derbyshire resumed their Clydesdale Bank 40 campaign with a visit to Northampton where Wayne Madsen won the toss and chose to field first.
Mark Turner took two wickets in his opening four overs and, if Wakely had been caught off Turner’s bowling when he had scored only two, Northamptonshire would have been in deep trouble.
As it was Wakely survived this difficult chance at the wicket and he and Sales went on to add an imposing 152 for the third wicket.
Northamptonshire took their batting Powerplay in the thirty-fifth over and immediately Turner took two more wickets. Groenewald also took two wickets in his two-over spell so the home side had lost four wickets for 24 in their Powerplay.
Two run outs followed in the last two overs of the innings, so Derbyshire had every reason to feel pleased with the way their spell in the field had finished. In six overs six wickets had fallen while only 32 runs were scored.
When Derbyshire started their innings in pursuit of 221 runs to win, Chesney Hughes hit three fours in the first four overs, but a black cloud could be seen approaching the ground and, after only 6.1 overs, the rain began to fall.
It was so heavy that it soon became clear that there could be no further play on this day. The umpires abandoned the match at 7.30pm, just thirty minutes after the rain had started.
So, since the minimum ten overs which needed to be bowled in order to constitute a match were not completed, both sides took one point.
Derbyshire’s next match is on Sunday at Chesterfield when the visitors will be The Unicorns – 1.45pm start.
Northamptonshire 220 for 8 (40 overs) (AG Wakley 85, DJG Sales 74, DJ Willey 21; ML Turner 4 for 38, TD Groenewald 2 for 42)
Derbyshire 19 for 1 (6.1 overs) (CF Hughes 16)
Match Abandoned - Derbyshire (1 point), Northamptonshire (1)
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