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
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