Derbyshire hosted their near-neighbours Leicestershire in a match which started at the unusually late time of 7.30pm since the Olympic torch was being carried through the city streets.
Wayne Madsen won the toss and chose to bat first with a team which showed three changes from that which had played against Durham two days earlier.
Despite the loss of Usman Khawaja in the third over, Derbyshire batted much better than they had in most of the earlier games in this competition.
Wes Durston played the anchor role while Chesney Hughes (31 balls), Madsen (19 balls) and then GarryPark (10 balls) played strokes with some success.
There were partnerships of 70 (54 balls), 54 (33 balls) and a final flurry saw 30 come from the last seventeen balls. Durston’s fifty, made from 48 balls, was the first such landmark for Derbyshire in this season’s t20 matches.
Derbyshire started with high hopes of being able to defend a total of 171, but Razzaq and Cobb played with aggressive freedom – when Razzaq was caught at cover this pair had put on 66 for the first wicket in less than six overs. Leicestershire were definitely on top at this stage, and it took a series of excellent overs by Rana Naved-ul-Hasan and Alex Hughes to bring Derbyshire back into the game.
Naved gave away only five runs in his first two overs, by far the most impressive spell of bowling he had produced in his short time with the county, while Hughes conceded a mere twelve from his three-over spell.
Leicestershire needed 54 runs from the last five overs, and when Park and Naved bowled the seventeenth and eighteenth overs for only eight runs (and two wickets) the match seemed as good as won by Derbyshire.
The visitors still needed thirty-five runs but the nineteenth over went for a crucial twenty-three runs, including a Wide ball which went to the boundary.
When Naved started the last over eleven runs were needed and only four came from the first three balls. White flicked the fourth ball at catchable height to fine-leg just inside the fielding circle, but the fielder seemed to lose the ball and three runs ensued. Now five were needed – the batsmen ran a bye to the wicket-keeper and White snicked the last ball to the third man boundary for what had seemed an unlikely win.
It had been an exciting game of cricket, although it was most frustrating for the team and for their supporters that all the good work had been undone right at the end.
Derbyshire travel to Old Trafford on Sunday (2.30pm) for their next match and they will be at home to Nottinghamshire next Friday evening (7pm start).
Derbyshire 171 for 3 (20 overs) (WJ Durston 55*, CF Hughes 48, WL Madsen 33, GT Park 20*)
Leicestershire 173 for 6 (20 overs) (JJ Cobb 42, A Razzaq 28, MAG Boyce 25, RR Sarwan 22)
Leicestershire (2 points) beat Derbyshire (0) by 4 wickets
By John Brown
On a grey humid evening Derbyshire won the toss and chose to bat in their return match with Durham. They scored ten runs off the first over, but thereafter it was quite a struggle.Two wickets fell in the third and fourth overs and by the end of the six-over Powerplay only 29 runs had been scored.
Usman Khawaja and Wayne Madsen added 52 for the third wicket, but at only a run a ball, before Khawaja was caught on the boundary’s edge at long-on.
After fifteen overs the score was an unthreatening 82 for five, and it took some inventive stroke play by Garry Park and bold hitting from Jon Clare together with a last-over six by Tom Poynton to take the total to a more respectable 131 for seven.
This was a target which was unlikely to give Durham many problems unless early wickets fell. After four overs Durham had reached 32 without loss of which Mustard had hit 25. From this point on Herschelle Gibbs did most of the scoring: of the next hundred runs scored he hit 77 of them from only 49 balls. He hit powerfully, being especially harsh on Chesney Hughes and Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, and he ensured that his team got home with eight wickets and seventeen balls in hand.
Mark Turner and David Wainwright were once again the most economical bowlers for Derbyshire and they deserved batter for their efforts.
Derbyshire now have four matches remaining in this competition, the next being against Leicestershire at Derby on Friday (7.30pm start), followed by an away match at Headingley on Sunday (2.30pm start).
Derbyshire 131 for 7 (20 overs) (UT Khawaja 33, GT Park 29*, WL Madsen 27; SG Borthweick 2 for 23, C Rushworth 2 for 30)
Durham 132 for 2 (17.1 overs) (HH Gibbs 83*, P Mustard 35; D Wainwright 1 for 18)
Durham (2 points) beat Derbyshire (0) by 8 wickets
On yet another foul evening, it seemed most unlikely that this match would be able to start, but the skies cleared for a while and the umpires decided that play could start at 7.35pm with the teams contesting an eight-overs per side match.
Wayne Madsen won the toss and decided to field first. Jon Clare, playing his first match this season in this competition, took a Leicestershire wicket in his first over, but the remaining batsmen played shots at every ball and finally amassed 80 runs from their eight overs.
It seemed likely that Derbyshire would pay heavily for the three No balls bowled by their overseas Twenty20 specialist, Rana Naved-ul-Hasan. The runs conceded as a result of these three deliveries and the consequent extra balls and free hits cost the team fourteen runs.
Wes Durston set Derbyshire on their way as he hit three fours in the first over of the innings, but the next over saw two wickets fall so Derbyshire were on the back foot again. They were only able to score seventeen from the next four overs bowled by Taylor, Hoggard and Henderson with Taylor conceding only seven runs from his two overs.
So Derbyshire needed a well-nigh impossible forty-one from their last two overs: Jon Clare hit boldly to help to take twenty off the penultimate over, but only twelve came from the last, during which two wickets fell. Madsen hit his first ball over the wicket-keeper’s head to raise fleeting hopes that he could see his team home, but it was not to be and, at 8.52pm, Derbyshire lost by eight runs in light which would certainly have been too dark for first-class cricket to continue.
This proved to be a disappointing and frustrating result which left Derbyshire in fifth position and Leicestershire, for whom this was their first win, in bottom place in the North Division.
Leicestershire 80 for 3 (8 overs) (GP Smith 23, JJ Cobb 17, MAG Boyce 16*; JL Clare 1 for 12)
Derbyshire 72 for 6 (8 overs) (WJ Durston 21, JL Clare 17*; Abdul Razzaq 3 for 20, RML Taylor 2 for 7)
Leicestershire (2 points) beat Derbyshire (0) by 8 runs
Derbyshire won the toss on a fine evening and chose to bat first in their first meeting of the season with Durham. They lost a wicket to Plunkett in the first over, but Ross Whiteley played some bold shots as he hit four boundaries in his sixteen-ball innings.
After Whiteley was out, Usman Khawaja (31 balls) and Wayne Madsen (30 balls) stayed together for nine overs and added a valuable 66 together, although probably not quite as quickly as they would have liked.
This pair were both dismissed within six balls of each other, after which Chesney Hughes was the only batsman to make progress at the required rate: he hit 18 off only nine balls, but the remaining batsmen scored at less than one run a ball, and 141 was a disappointing score from twenty overs.
In reply Durham started quickly for the first two overs, but wickets to Mark Turner and Tim Groenewald in the third and fourth overs raised Derbyshire’s hopes. Gibbs and Myburgh, a recent recruit for Durham, copied Derbyshire’s third wicket pair in adding 67 from nine overs.
Two quick wickets – 87 for four – put Derbyshire ahead by the Duckworth/Lewis method, but Myburgh and Muchall took sixteen from the sixteenth over and put Durham firmly on their way again.
Even though Turner took his second wicket at the end of the seventeenth over, sixteen runs off the next over left Durham needing only six runs from the last two overs, a task which they achieved with seven balls to spare.
This defeat means that Derbyshire will need a series of successes in their remaining six matches if they are to have any realistic chance of qualifying for the semi-final stages of this competition.
They now have two matches away from home – against Leicestershire at Grace Road on Friday and the return match with Durham at Chester-le-Street next Wednesday.
Their next match at home will be against Leicestershire on Friday 29th June with a 7pm start.
Derbyshire 141 (20 overs) (UT Kwaja 36, WL Madsen 26; LE Plunkett 2 for 22, SG Borthwick 2 for 22, ME Claydon 2 for 31)
Durham 142 for 5 (18.5 overs) (JG Myburgh 46, HH Gibbs 38, GJ Muchall 21*; ML Turner 2 for 18)
Durham (2 points) beat Derbyshire (0) by 5 wickets
By John Brown
Yorkshire were the visitors for Derbyshire’s third twenty-over match of the season, and they won the toss and chose to bat in this floodlit televised match.
They started briskly with 36 runs coming from the first four overs before Dan Redfern took a well-judged running catch on the mid-wicket boundary to dismiss Jaques.
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)
Derbyshire travelled to Horsham in Sussex for their fourth away match in this competition. The forecast was not too promising, but the match started on time with Wayne Madsen winning the toss and choosing to field first.
Rana Naved-ul-Hasan was making his debut as an overseas player for Derbyshire. Sussex started briskly with seven fours being hit in the space of twenty-four balls. During this time Mark Turner had bowled the dangerous Ed Joyce, and then Tim Groenewald took two wickets in his fourth over.
With Sussex on 40 for three their batsmen concentrated on keeping their wickets intact and they added only 18 from the next six overs. Gatting and Yardy looked to accelerate but, when Gatting, having hit two sixes, was well caught by Madsen at extra-cover off David Wainwright, the score had reached 102 for five.
Leicestershire won the toss and chose to bat on yet another chilly day. Tony Palladino got Derbyshire off to a fine start as he took a hat-trick in only the fifth over of the match: the third of these wickets, which sent West Indies Test batsman Sarwan’s off-stump cartwheeling, was also the two-hundredth of his career.
This was the first first-class hat-trick for Derbyshire since Kevin Dean had taken three in three on the same ground twelve years earlier. Leicestershire’s next pair, Boyce and Cobb, presented with the parlous position of 7 for three, stayed together for fourteen overs and added 59 for the fourth wicket.
Jon Clare broke this stand while Tim Groenewald returned to dismiss opener Boyce soon after he had reached his fifty. There was further resistance, mainly from Kadeer Ali, who hit 48 runs, but Groenewald took five of the last six wickets to finish with the excellent economical figures of five for 29 in almost eighteen overs.
Derbyshire started their pursuit of 177 which the home side had achieved for their first innings with the new left-handed partnership of Matt Lineker and Chesney Hughes, but rain came after only three overs and there could be no further play on the first day. Derbyshire – 5 without loss.
On a cool, but fine, Jubilee Bank Holiday Monday Derbyshire won the toss and chose to field first. Unfortunately Martin Guptill, nursing a broken finger, had been ordered to rest by New Zealand, and Derbyshire decided to rest three of their front-line bowlers. Even so Derbyshire’s second-string attack did well against a strong Warwickshire batting line-up.
Mark Turner took two early wickets and a fine throw by Tom Knight ran out the visitors’ captain, Troughton after he had looked in good touch. Chesney Hughes and Alex Hughes both bowled economically with good support from the field. Ambrose and Maddy added 90 in seventeen overs, but, when Rikki Clarke joined Ambrose, the scoring rate picked up with Clarke hitting three sixes and three fours in his 29-ball innings.
Without Clarke’s bold hitting Derbyshire would have had every reason to feel satisfied with their work at the half-way stage. 243 was likely to be a stiff target, and it quickly became even tougher when Derbyshire lost two wickets in the first over bowled by Woakes.
After five overs the score had slipped to 25 for four and the rest of the innings was unlikely to be more than a face-saving exercise. Five of the middle-order batsmen reached double-figures, but only one, Jon Clare, went on to pass twenty: he played the major role in a last-wicket stand of 33 as he hit cleanly to reach his fifty from 48 balls. He was last out for 57 including six fours and a six.
Warwickshire thus recorded a comfortable win with almost eight overs still to be bowled, and they went to the top of the table in Group C. Derbyshire’s next match in this competition will be at Horsham against Sussex next Sunday, 10th June.
Warwickshire 242 for 6 (40 overs) (TR Ambrose 77*, R Clarke 48, DL Maddy 40, JO Troughton 34; ML Turner 3 for 40)
Derbyshire 137 (32.1 overs) (JL Clare 57; SA Piolet 4 for 31, CR Woakes 3 for 46, CJC Wright 2 for 15)
Warwickshire (2 points) beat Derbyshire by 105 runs
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