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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