Durham v Derbyshire at Chester-le-Street on 28 July: FLt20: North Division
By John Brown
Derbyshire set off from the county ground at 7.30am for the last of the group matches in the northern section. The weather had been poor overnight and there was more rain on the journey, but things improved once the team had arrived and the match was able to start on time at 2.40pm. Wayne Madsen won the toss and chose to field first.
Durham started well with 45 without loss in the first six overs of Powerplay. Spinners Dan Redfern and Wes Durston captured the first two wickets with the help of two well-judged catches by Chesney Hughes, but runs were coming more freely than Derbyshire would have liked. Durham skipper Stoneman (34 balls – 7 fours and a six) was the second of those wickets – 83 for two in 10.3 overs.
Thereafter Muchall hit strongly as he scored an unbeaten 66 from only 36 balls (4 fours and 3 sixes) in what proved to be a Man of the Match performance. 187 was the highest total set in any of Derbyshire’s t20 matches this season, so it was going to need something special if they were to win the match.
Hughes and Durston took 24 from the first two overs, but the pace gradually dropped and wickets began to fall. Although they had scored more runs than Durham in the first six overs, the loss of wickets made the run-chase that much more difficult for Derbyshire.
A crucial wicket was that of Chanderpaul who was bowled by Onions as he tried to hit to fine-leg over the fielder who was inside the fielding circle. This was quickly followed by the loss of Hughes who was smartly stumped off off-spinner Breese after he had hit seven boundaries in his 22-ball 34. Redfern batted with more style and freedom than in recent matches and, although victory was almost a forlorn hope by now, he kept the score moving well.
Redfern was eventually caught by what must have been one of the most spectacular catches of the season: he drove Borthwick for what looked likely to be a certain one-bounce four to wide long-off, but Stokes ran round and dived, reaching far to his right, in what appeared to be a vain attempt to stop the ball. He did more than stop it: he clung one-handed to the ball in his outstretched right hand. Redfern had made 43 (4 fours and one six) from 34 balls.
Tom Poynton kept playing strokes and running hard, but he was run out after scoring 19 from 13 balls as he failed to beat a good throw from the mid-wicket boundary at the end of an attempted second run.
Derbyshire were all out for 150 and thus ended their campaign in a disappointing fashion; after winning their first three matches, they then lost a couple in which they had established winning positions. And, just to rub salt into the proverbial wound, in a match being played simultaneously at Grace Road, Leicestershire beat Yorkshire and thus pushed Derbyshire down to fifth place out of six teams in the group.
Durham 187 for 3 (20 overs) (GJ Muchall 66*, MD Stoneman 47, SG Borthwick 31, P Mustard 24)
Derbyshire 150 (18.5 overs) (DJ Redfern 43,CF Hughes 34; SG Borthwick 2 for 19, G Onions 2 for 23, C Rushworth 2 for 34)
Durham (2 points) beat Derbyshire by 37 runs
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