Hampshire v Derbyshire at The Ageas Bowl, Southampton on 18th June: YB40 League: Group B
By John Brown
Derbyshire made the long journey south to play Group B leaders Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl. Wayne Madsen won the toss and chose to field first but, despite the loss of an early wicket off the bowling of Wes Durston, the runs came too quickly, especially off the seam bowlers. By the time the third wicket had fallen in the twentieth over, Hampshire had reached 114.
Derbyshire hopes were raised by two outstanding pieces of fielding by Mark Turner. First he dived at backward square-leg to stop the ball right-handed and return it from a prone position to leave Sean Ervine stranded in mid-pitch. He followed this with an outstanding low left-handed catch, taken at full stretch, at extra-cover off Jon Clare.
From 137 for five, Dawson and Wheater set about rebuilding the innings and managed this well with a stand of 84 in just under ten overs. Dan Redfern bowled his ten overs straight off, and excelled himself as he conceded only 35 runs without a boundary.
Mark Footitt was taken ill after bowling only three overs so Derbyshire bowled twenty-three overs of spin, and these proved more economical than the seamers (121 from 23 overs compared to 152 from 17 by their faster team-mates).
Wheater hit boldly during the last few overs and his 70 came from only 41 balls, and this proved to be a decisive contribution as Hampshire closed on 277-8.
Derbyshire started at the same rate as Hampshire had done with the first fifty coming from 8.3 overs, but thereafter the required run-rate became more challenging. Paul Borrington (42 from 55 balls) and Shivnarine Chanderpaul (25 from 29 balls) seemed to be building a good platform from which to make the late charge, but they both fell in two balls, with Chanderpaul being run out by a good pick-up and throw at cover.
Madsen and Redfern established themselves and gradually accelerated, but to score at more than ten runs an over for the last eleven overs was always likely to prove too much. When Madsen (23 from 45 balls) was given leg before, the next two batsmen lost their wickets in the virtually forlorn cause, and Derbyshire finished 46 runs short. Redfern (53 from 48 balls) had made the most of his welcome return, but the team will have been disappointed to have allowed perhaps thirty more runs than they should, and then not being able to score off more balls than they did.
Derbyshire’s next match in this competition is at Derby on Thursday 20th June – a floodlit match starting at 4.40pm.
Hampshire 277 for 8 (40 overs) ( AJ Wheater 70, MA Carberry 53, NM McKenzie 38, LA Dawson 34, JHK Adams 24; DJ Wainwright 2 for 37, ML Turner 2 for 75)
Derbyshire 231 for 8 (40 overs) (DJ Redfern 53, WL Madsen 43, PM Borrington 42, S Chanderpaul 25, WJ Durston 20; S Tanvir 3 for 42, LA Dawson 2 for 32)
Hampshire (2 points) beat Derbyshire by 46 runs
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