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Brilliant Durston powers Falcons to victory

Wes DurstonWes Durston performed heroics with bat and ball at Old Trafford as Derbyshire limbered up for their big local derby versus Nottinghamshire with victory over Lancashire Lightning.

The Falcons’ all-rounder followed a mean bowling spell of 2 for 16 with a scintillating half-century as Karl Krikken’s men eased to a three-wicket win in 19.5 overs.

Durston got the Falcons off to a flyer after winning the toss and electing to field as Tom Poynton whipped off the bails to dismiss Stephen Moore for nought, three balls in and with just a single on the board.

And although Lancashire regrouped with a stand of 54 in 8.3 overs between Steven Croft and Tom Smith, Rana Naved pegged them back again by deceiving and clean bowling Smith with a slower ball; 55-2 after nine overs.

Karl Brown nicked Tom Knight behind having scored just two and Lancashire were 58-3 at the halfway stage.

Croft looked to have laid the foundations for a late flurry by reaching 48 off 46 deliveries, only to fall top-edging a sweep off Durston (4-0-16-2), leaving Lancashire 78-4 after 13.2 overs.

The attempted assault in the latter overs brought the further dismissals of Gareth Cross (14), Yasir Arafat (2), Glen Chapple (0) and Oliver Newby (1) as Naved (3 for 20) and Tim Groenewald (2 for 25) closed the innings impressively for the visitors.

And despite Paul Horton’s unbeaten 27, the total of 122-8 was equal to Lancashire’s second lowest in a completed Twenty20 innings at Old Trafford; and not a single boundary was scored off the bat in the final 15 overs.

Durston then returned to centre stage, launching a trio of sixes off Steven Croft’s second over plus five additional boundaries to race past fifty in just 24 deliveries; his second half-century in successive games.

With Usman Khawaja (15) playing a sedate supporting role, the score reached 76-0 before Gary Keedy, in the tenth over of the innings, produced a double strike to remove both openers in the space of three deliveries and send a tremor through the Derbyshire dugout.

Yasir Arafat ran out Wayne Madsen for five, 85-3 in the tenth over and - when Garry Park (9) was out reverse-sweeping with three overs to go – Derbyshire still needed a further 16 runs to win.

Jonathan Clare (4), Tom Poynton (0) and Alex Hughes (0) all perished as the nerves continued to jangle.

But Chesney Hughes kept his nerve scoring 24 not out from 24 balls – and Naved struck the winning boundary with seven balls to spare – as Derbyshire completed a Friends Life t20 double over Lancashire with seven deliveries to spare.

Inside Edge: 'Great win, the bowlers were superb. Wes and Uzzy set us up brilliantly for the run chase and Ches saw us home. Two from two against Lancs!' - Wayne Madsen 

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