By John Brown
On a rare warm sunny evening Derbyshire won the toss and asked Sussex, previously unbeaten in this competition in 2012, to bat first.
After eight Powerplay overs the visitors had reached 40 for one, with Wes Durston having trapped the dangerous Ed Joyce with his third ball.
Sussex seemed to be making good progress at 83 for two in the eighteenth over, but they then had a calamitous three overs during which they lost four wickets for twelve runs.
Richard Johnson completed a smart stumping off Durston and this was followed in the next over with two fine pieces of fielding by Chesney Hughes and Durston, both of which resulted in run outs, and then David Wainwright had another man caught from an attempt to hit over mid-off.
Now Sussex were in deep trouble at 95 for six, and it took a steady partnership of fifty in twelve overs between Goodwin and Wernars to restore some respectability to their score.
Liddle helped Wernars to add a further twenty for the ninth wicket, but the final Sussex total of 167 was some way below what they would have hoped for.
All the Derbyshire bowlers did an excellent containing job, and the fielding throughout was quite outstanding.
Derbyshire started badly as Usman Khawaja was run out without facing a ball from the first ball of their reply, and Chesney Hughes fell soon afterwards – 26 for two.
Durston looked in good form as he hit six good fours in his 35-ball innings, but he was unlucky to be caught behind for 30 as he aimed a leg-glance.
With their score on 55 for three Derbyshire needed a couple of cool heads to ensure that they did not lose their way, and those heads were provided by Wayne Madsen and Dan Redfern.
They kept the score moving without taking any risks and gradually accelerated before, with the result virtually decided, Redfern gave Nash the charge in an effort to drive him back over his head, only to miss the ball and be stumped for a mature 49 from 61 balls. This pair had added 96 together in just twenty overs.
Ross Whiteley joined Madsen who had already completed a composed fifty in 87 balls, and this pair saw their team home with fourteen balls and six wickets in hand. It had been a thoroughly professional performance against their reputedly superior opponents which took Derbyshire into third position in Group C.
The match had been preceded by the presentation of their first XI caps to Wainwright and Redfern.
Sussex 167 (37.2 overs) (MW Goodwin 40, KO Wernars 35, CD Nash 30, MW Machan 20; TD Groenewald 3 for 32, WJ Durston 37)
Derbyshire 170 for 4 (37.4 overs) (WL Madsen 64*, DJ Redfern 49, WJ Durston 30)
Derbyshire (2 points) beat Sussex by 6 wickets
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