By John Brown
Derbyshire’s last limited overs match of the season was played on August Bank Holiday Monday with rain forecast for much of the afternoon and evening. It was something of a surprise, therefore, when the match was able to start only fifteen minutes late and the first innings was uninterrupted before the interval.
Derbyshire fielded a second-string attack with Wes Durston as captain, while the front-line bowlers and Wayne Madsen rested before the important championship match with Essex later in the week.
Durston won the toss and invited Northamptonshire to bat first. Alasdair Evans, making his first-team debut in a competitive match, bowled with some fire and dismissed the Northants two-time centurion from last week, Newton, when Usman Khawaja took a sharp catch in the gulley.
Coetzer and Sales looked to be putting Niorthnats in a strong position as they added 75 for the third wicket, but the spin of Chesney Hughes (one for 36) and Peter Burgoyne checked their progress and wickets began to fall. Burgoyne, bowling in the latter stages of the innings, had the excellent figures of three for 31 in seven overs and his low return catch from a hard-hit drive by O’Brien was exceptional.
De Lange hit well towards the end, but Derbyshire will have been satisfied to have limited the visitors to 232 from their forty overs.
During the interval the rain did arrive and it soon became clear that there would be no further play. So the match was abandoned at 5.50pm with each team taking one point: this left Derbyshire in fourth place in the seven-strong group C.
Northamptonshire 232 for 8 (40 overs) (KJ Coetzer 68, DJG Sales 58, RI Newton 31, CD de Lange 27*; PI Burgoyne 3 for 31, AC Evans 2 for 34)
Derbyshire did not bat
Match Abandoned – Derbyshire (1 point) Northamptonshire (1)
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