By John Brown
On a day when the forecast for the evening was not good this match was able to start on time in front of the Sky television cameras.
Kent won the toss and chose to field first – after five overs Derbyshire had advanced to 22 for no wicket, but then wickets began to fall to some tidy bowling.
The first three batsmen all fell for eleven apiece, with two wickets going to Stevens for only three runs.
Almost immediately after the fourth wicket had fallen the umpires took the players off for rain: the score now was a disappointing 46 for four from thirteen overs.
Three times the rain stopped and a new start time was announced, but three times the rain came again.
Eventually the umpires decided that play could restart at 9.20pm with both teams having a total of fourteen overs batting. This meant that Derbyshire had one more over before their innings would be closed.
Dan Redfern sacrificed his wicket going for an improbable second run, whereupon Jon Clare hit a six and a four from his first two balls, and the innings ended with the score on 62 for five.
So Kent had a Duckworth/Lewis target of 67 to chase in their fourteen overs, six of them Powerplay overs.
This was a comparatively easy target which demonstrates the unsatisfactory nature of the D/L method when play is reduced to a small number of overs after the team batting first has lost early wickets.
In almost every case the team which wins the toss (and fields first) will win the match. Not surprisingly Kent reached their target with few concerns and finished the match with nineteen balls to spare.
Derbyshire’s next match in this competition will be on Wednesday 8th August, another floodlit match at Derby against Sussex (4.40pm start).
Derbyshire 62 for 5 (14 overs) (JL Clare 11*; DI Stevens 2 for 3)
Kent 68 for 1 (10.5 overs) (SW Billings 28*, SA Northeast 22*)
Kent (2 points) beat Derbyshire 9 wickets (D/L method)
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