By John Brown
Derbyshire travelled to Headingley for the last match of their t20 campaign.
Wayne Madsen won the toss and chose to field first, but Yorkshire took advantage of some wayward early bowling and the opening pair of Lyth and Jaques added 131 in fifteen overs before the first wicket fell.
Of the seven bowlers used, only Wes Durston conceded fewer than five runs an over, so Yorkshire were able to set a challenging total of 180 from their twenty overs.
Derbyshire lost both their openers in the first four overs, and they were always struggling to match the required run-rate thereafter.
Chesney Hughes and Madsen added 55 in less than seven overs and when Madsen was out at exactly the halfway stage, Derbyshire still needed another 107 from the last ten overs.
Jon Clare hit a brisk fourteen while Garry Park played in his usual busy manner, but it was an innings of powerful hitting from Rana Naved-ul-Hasan which temporarily gave the Yorkshire side some anxiety.
He hit three straight sixes in three balls from Pyrah and finished that sixteenth over with three twos. Twelve runs came from the seventeenth over, so Derbyshire now needed a “mere” thirty-two from the last three overs.
Lyth took a good catch in the deep to dismiss Park, however, and the eighth wicket fell in the same over. Although Naved (22 balls) hit strongly in his only innings of any substance for his team, he was unable to find the boundary again and Derbyshire fell twenty-two runs short of their target.
This result meant that Derbyshire had finished fifth in the Northern group of six counties, while Yorkshire had qualified for a home draw in the quarter-finals.
Yorkshire 180 for 5 (20 overs) (A Lyth 78, PA Jaques 64; R Naved 2 for 38)
Derbyshire 159 for 9 (20 overs) (R Naved 40*, CF Hughes 30, GT Park 25, WL Madsen 21; MA Ashraf 3 for 24, MA Starc 2 for 27)
Yorkshire (2 points) beat Derbyshire (0) by 21 runs
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