Derbyshire’s opening t20 fixture was won by Warwickshire in a low-scoring game at the 3C’s ground on Saturday evening.
After Derbyshire scored just 128-9 from their 20 overs, it was always going to be difficult to restrict opponents who so comprehensively defeated them in their two limited overs CB40 clashes in 2012.
And when Karl Krikken sits down to select his first t20 team of the English summer, he will hope to have considerably more selection options than he had at the 3C’s ground here on Saturday evening.
Wayne Madsen, Dan Redfern, David Wainwright, Jon Clare (all injured), plus Chanderpaul and one additional overseas player would all expect to start in Derbyshire’s first choice t20 side.
Nonetheless, against a Warwickshire side themselves shorn of several regulars, Derbyshire gave Paul Borrington, Richard Johnson, Peter Burgoyne and Mark Footitt an opportunity to impress in the shortest form of the game.
Wickets fell at regular intervals as the Warwickshire spinners did the majority of the damage after Durston had fallen to the 2nd ball of the match and Chesney Hughes in the 4th over to leave Derbyshire on 22-2. These two batsmen have been Derbyshire’s leading t20 batting exponents in the last couple of years and with both out early on, it was left to Godleman and Whiteley to steady the ship with a partnership of 33 in 5 overs before the former was run out for 19.
Whiteley scored 23 off 20 balls including 2 sixes, but it was Paul Borrington who finished as top scorer with a well-compiled 24 from 27 balls. He batted sensibly and scored his runs all around the wicket, using his feet nicely.
For Warwickshire, Evans with 3-24, and Javed with 1-16 from his 4 overs bowled their spinners effectively on what looked like a fairly slow pitch.
Warwickshire’s opening pair, Maddy and Chopra gave their side an excellent start, finding gaps in the field from the off, and when Troughton joined Maddy both batsmen found their range hitting sixes off Turner, Footitt and Durston.
When Maddy was dismissed by Durston he was replaced by former Derbyshire captain, Rikki Clarke, who announced his intentions by hitting a Hughes delivery straight down the ground for 6, although Clarke fell shortly afterwards to Durston, stumped by Poynton.
Poynton then stumped Ambrose off Hughes and Evans was smartly caught in the gloom on the long off boundary by Groenewald off Durston to give the off-spinner his 3rd wicket and leave Warwickshire on 78-5.
The experienced Troughton continued to frustrate Derbyshire, compiling his runs all around the wicket and maintaining his composure despite the loss of wickets at the other end. Arguably the shot of the day was his straight drive off Burgoyne which dissected long on and long off. He was out in the next over, however, trapped plumb in front by Chesney Hughes.
Derbyshire fielded tigerishly and Footitt bowled a superb 17th over of the innings which conceded just 3 runs before Turner did likewise in the next over.
A misfield at the start of the 19th over eased the pressure on Warwickshire as Best and Javed were able to run 3, and Javed then pulled a Footitt delivery to the mid-wicket boundary before a wide brought the scores level.
Javed square drove the next ball for 4 and the game was won by Warwickshire with an over to spare.
In truth, 128 was probably a dozen runs or so too few, but Derbyshire battled their way back into the game in a manner familiar to anyone who witnessed their Championship campaign in 2012 and they certainly weren't disgraced by the Edgbaston outfit..
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