Match Reports

Derbyshire v Leicestershire at Derby on 29 June: FLt20: North Division

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

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