By John Brown
On a sunny, but still chilly, day Warwickshire won the toss and asked Derbyshire to bat first. They got off to a bad start as three wickets fell in the first five overs with only 19 runs on the board. Wes Durston was the only batsman to play with any freedom and he hit 44 from 54 balls with five fours and two sixes, one of which was hit over the stand and out of the ground.
Ross Whiteley struggled, but managed to stay longer than most as he scored 20 from forty balls. Tim Groenewald played a couple of strong clouts towards the end of the innings, but an all-out total of 122 was far short of what Derbyshire would have expected to make. Rikki Clarke, once of Derbyshire, and Jeetan Patel both finished with excellent figures of three for 22 from their eight overs.
After the interval, Derbyshire hopes were raised temporarily when Groenewald dismissed Chopra from the fourth ball of the innings. This brought in Porterfield to joinEngland’s Jonathan Trott and, batting without any pressure, Porterfield drove strongly while Trott played the supporting role and took singles almost, it seemed, at will. This pair stayed until the end to give Warwickshire a nine-wicket win with more than fifteen overs to spare.
From Derbyshire’s point of view it was a day best forgotten. Their next match in this competition will be at Headingley next Sunday, 20th May.
Derbyshire 122 (31.1 overs) (WJ Durston 44, RA Whiteley 20; R Clarke 3 for 22, J Patel 3 for 22, CR Woakes 2 for 20, CJC Wright 2 for 31)
Warwickshire 125 for 1 (24.3 overs) (WTSPorterfield 81*, IJL Trott 41*)
Warwickshire (2 points) beat Derbyshire by 9 wickets
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