Derbyshire Falcons v Durham Dynamos at Derby on 15 August: Yorkshire Bank 40 League: Group B
By John Brown
Derbyshire Falcons chose a young inexperienced team to face a Durham Dynamos side which were desperate to win in order to maintain their hopes of qualifying for the semi-final stage of the competition. Durham won the toss and asked Derbyshire to bat first.
Things didn't go too well at first as Derbyshire slipped to 36 for three in the eighth over. At this point Richard Johnson joined the ever-reliable Wayne Madsen. They batted quietly and sensibly at first although Johnson soon started playing some strong shots through the covers.
This pair added 103-runs together before Madsen mishit an attempted pull from Paul Collingwood to be caught at mid-on. Johnson followed in the same over to make Derbyshire’s score 140 for five with thirteen overs remaining. It was important now that Derbyshire did not throw away the much improved position and all the remaining batsmen made a small contribution to ensure their team used all forty overs.
Tony Palladino, making a welcomed return after several weeks recovering from injury, hit Chris Rushworth for three fours and a six in one over. Derbyshire’s final score of 217 for eight was certainly more than had looked likely at one stage.
There was a sharp shower during the interval between innings, but it quickly cleared and play was able to resume on time after the twenty-five minute break.
In the absence of spinners Wes Durston and Dan Redfern, Madsen was a surprise choice to open the bowling, but he made an immediate impact as he bowled the dangerous Phil Mustard with his second ball. Madsen followed this early success with another wicket in his third over as Scott Borthwick pulled a short ball high to the deep mid-wicket boundary.
Mark Stoneman and Collingwood looked to be effecting a recovery as they stayed together while adding 46 in nine overs. After a good opening spell by Palladino, Derbyshire concentrated almost entirely on spin. Once Stoneman had gone, caught at long-off to give Madsen his third wicket, a career-best in all forms of the game, the batsmen treated every ball with suspicion as some of them turned and bounced extravagantly.
Wickets fell regularly and it was soon clear that Durham did not believe they could win as they played some ill-judged strokes. Derbyshire’s two left-arm spinners, Tom Knight and David Wainwright caused all sorts of difficulties as they both bowled accurately - between them they captured seven wickets at a cost of forty-seven runs.
There was some unhappiness in the Durham camp at the amount of help which the Derbyshire spinners had been able to take from the pitch, but it is probably fair to say that they had capitulated and Derbyshire had handled the conditions much better than the visitors.
It had been a fine performance by the young Derbyshire team against an almost full-strength and fully-committed Durham, and once again they gave their supporters hopes of greater things to come in the not-too-distant future.
Derbyshire 217 for 8 (40 overs) (RM Johnson 58, WL Madsen 37, CF Hughes 24, AP Palladino 22; WR Smith 2 for 19, MA Wood 2 for 32)
Durham 110 (28.4 overs) (MD Stoneman 25, PD Collingwood 24; DJ Wainwright 4 for 11, WL Madsen 3 for 27, TC Knight 3 for 36)
Derbyshire (2 points) beat Durham by 107 runs
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