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Heavy rain ensures points are shared against Northants

Derbyshire had to settle for a point in their Clydesdale Bank 40 match away against the Northants Steelbacks, with the match the victim of heavy rain.

The Falcons had earlier reduced the hosts to 220-8 from their 40 overs before reaching 19-2 before the rain came.

 Having won the toss, the Falcons opted to bowl first and the decision looked a good one with openers Kyle Coetzer (9) and David Willey (21) dismissed by Mark Turner inside the first ten overs; the latter caught at the wicket to give Chris Durham his first victim in CB40 cricket.

The Steelbacks were then indebted to captain Alex Wakeley and the vastly experienced David Sales, who cautiously began rebuilding a foundation for the hosts’ innings.

At the halfway stage of the innings, the pair had progressed the score to 95-2 with both batsmen unbeaten on 29; Turner and Tim Groenewald keeping the score in check with opening spells of 2-21 and 0-19 respectively from five overs.

With wickets in hand, however, both batsmen had licence to accelerate and both consequently brought up fifties; Northants reaching 150-2 in the 28th over.

As the pair brought up the 150 run partnership, Northants looked on course for a decent score, however when Turner claimed his third wicket to remove Sales for 74, the momentum swiftly shifted.

Northants were soon bringing up 200, but not before Rob Newton (1) gave Turner his fourth wicket of the innings and with it, career best one-day figures.

David Murphy (12) then fell to Groenewald before the same bowler accounted for Wakeley; the 23-year-old’s resolute innings coming to an end on 85.

An impressive Falcons display at the death then saw Con de Lange (0) and Dave Burton (5) both run out; Northants penned back to 220-8 from their 40 overs.

Turner (8-038-4) was exceptional for the visitors, whilst Jon Clare proved inexpensive, going for just 22 from his six overs.

The Falcons reply then got off to a positive start with Chesney Hughes hitting three fours on his way to 16, before the opener’s pull could only find Newton at deep square leg off Willey; the Falcons  18-1 in the fifth over.

The visitors were then soon two down with Wes Durston trapped LBW without scoring off the bowling of Oli Stone as Derbyshire reached 19-2 from 6.1 overs before a deluge of heavy rain ensured no further play possible.

Derbyshire now turn their attention to the Chesterfield Festival of Cricket, which begins with a CB40 encounter with the Unicorns at Queen’s Park this Sunday; 1:45pm.

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