Lancashire v Derbyshire at Old Trafford on 12 July: FLt20 North Division
By John Brown
After a tortuous three-plus hours’ journey for this return match with Lancashire, Derbyshire won the toss and chose to field first. The bowlers started well and restricted the home side to 38 runs for three wickets in the six overs of compulsory PowerPlay.
The aggressive Moore, with Croft acting as his foil, first consolidated and then accelerated as they added 75 in eight overs. Moore hit five sixes and five fours in his 42-ball 74. Mark Turner, returning from injury, played his first t20 match of the season and finished with four wickets for 35.
Lancashire’s final score of 165 for nine was a challenging one, but Wes Durston and Shivnarine Chanderpaul scored at a good rate in taking the score to 66 in t5he eighth over before Durston (29 balls – 6 fours and 3 sixes) fell for a powerful 48. With the introduction of Lancashire’s spinners to the attack, the rate slowed, and gradually the task became more difficult. Derbyshire were not helped when Chanderpaul injured his leg and had to finish his innings with a runner.
Chanderpaul was eventually run out for 39 (31 balls – 5 fours) when his runner failed to beat a direct hit at the bowler’s end. Wayne Madsen hit the ball hard and ran well between the wickets, but the task proved beyond Derbyshire’s later batsmen, so Lancashire emerged as winners by 12 runs.
This result saw Lancashire move to second place in the North Group while Derbyshire slipped to third at the halfway point in the group stages.
Derbyshire are playing their next two matches at Chesterfield, both afternoon starts and both on Sundays, 14th and 21st July. With the weather forecast fine, large crowds are expected, so early arrival is recommended.
Lancashire 165 for 9 (20 overs) (SC Moore 74, SJ Croft 22, GD Cross 21; ML Turner 4 for 35, TD Groenewald 3 for 32, DJ Redfern 2 for 17)
Derbyshire 153 for 6 (20 overs) (WJ Durston 48, S Chanderpaul 39, WL Madsen 36; MJ McClenaghan 2 for 26)
Lancashire (2 points) beat Derbyshire by 12 runs
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