By John Brown
Derbyshire started their Chesterfield week by playing host to the Unicorns team in the first of their return matches in this competition.
Richard Johnson, on short-term loan from Warwickshire, made his Derbyshire debut as wicket-keeper in place of the injured Tom Poynton.
The visitors won the toss and asked Derbyshire to bat first, whereupon Usman Khawaja and Chesney Hughes set about building a large opening partnership.
They stayed together until the twenty-sixth over when Hughes (74 balls) skyed a catch to extra cover with the score on 138.
Wes Durston stayed with Khawaja while another 66 runs were added at which point Khawaja, who had reached his first one-day hundred for Derbyshire from 102 balls (10 fours and two sixes), was bowled attempting a reverse sweep.
Thereafter only Durston made any headway while during the last five overs Derbyshire lost seven wickets while scoring thirty-four runs.
The Unicorns set off at a good pace in chasing their target of 236 with Wadlan hitting five fours in the first seven overs.
Jon Clare and Durston slowed the scoring rate with some accurate bowling, but, with their score on 100 for two just past the halfway stage, the Unicorns looked to have laid the foundations ready for an acceleration.
It was in this over, however, that they lost two wickets and had Craig Park, brother of Garry, been caught at the wicket from his first ball, Derbyshire would have been well on top.
As it happened Park helped Reece to add 45 in nine overs, so the Unicorns needed nine runs an over from their last ten overs.
Try as they would, this proved beyond them, and wickets fell regularly until they were bowled out for exactly 200. So Derbyshire had won by 35 runs with seven balls remaining.
This result leaves Derbyshire mid-table in their group, although Yorkshire, their opponents next Sunday, are only one point behind with two games in hand.
Derbyshire 235 for 7 (40 overs) (UT Khawaja 104, CF Hughes 66, WJ Durston 44; SP Cheetham 2 for 40, LC Beaven 2 for 46, G Querl 2 for 55)
Unicorns 200 (40 overs) (LM Reece 59, TJ New 31, BL Wadlan 29; ML Turner 4 for 54, WJ Durston 2 for 30)
Derbyshire (2 points) beat Unicorns (0) by 35 runs
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