Wayne Madsen hit 65 off just 40 balls, but Worcestershire Rapids claimed a narrow eight-run win in a thrilling NatWest T20 Blast clash at The 3aaa County Ground.
A blistering 65 off just 37 balls from Man of the Match Colin Munro and 68 from Captain Daryl Mitchell guided the Rapids to 177-5 off their 20 overs
Madsen replied with a quick-fire half-century, while Marcus North added 38, but the Falcons fell eight runs short on 169-8.
Wes Durston got Derbyshire off to the perfect start after winning the toss and electing to bowl first. He bowled Richard Oliver (0) with the third ball of the innings, opening the match with a wicket-maiden.
Tom Kohler-Cadmore fell shortly after, caught by Matt Higginbottom, who was making his Twenty20 debut, at short fine-leg off Tony Palladino (1-28) with the Rapids 21-2 after four overs.
Derbyshire Falcons continue their NatWest T20 Blast campaign against Worcestershire Rapids on Friday 13 June at The 3aaa County Ground; 7pm start.
Wayne Madsen’s men are aiming to bounceback from last week’s defeat to Nottinghamshire and enter the fixture full of confidence after securing their first four-day win of the season against Leicestershire at Grace Road this week.
Madsen said: “There were some encouraging signs and we are playing good cricket in patches, but we must put this all together and start getting results.
“We still have nine matches in the competition and if we can get some momentum, you never know what could happen.
“We’re all working hard and are determined to get our campaign off the ground on Friday against Worcestershire. They have had a very good start to the competition, but if we perform as we know we can, we’re confident we can get the win.”
Graeme Welch is hoping Derbyshire can build momentum following the four-day win against Leicestershire, as the Falcons welcome Worcestershire Rapids to The 3aaa County Ground tomorrow evening; 7pm start.
A fine all-round performance from David Wainwright, who scored a career-best 109 and claimed a five-wicket haul, plus half-centuries from Paul Borrington (86 not out) and Stephen Moore (76) guided Derbyshire to a nine-wicket win at Grace Road.
Welch now hopes the squad can transfer the momentum into the shortest format of the game when they welcome Daryl Mitchell’s table-topping Rapids side to Derby tomorrow night.
“We needed a few of the lads to put some performances in and that’s what they did at Leicestershire. This followed an encouraging display at Hampshire and the lads are starting to get a bit of confidence.
“Wainwright was outstanding. He went in and played very well when we were in a bad situation and got a very good hundred. He then followed it up with the ball and his confidence just went through the roof, and slowly but surely all the lads are starting to do that.
“We now quickly return to T20 action and we need to get off the mark and now, with the confidence on the up, we’re confident we can get that win.
Wayne Madsen says he was encouraged with Derbyshire’s battling display against the Outlaws last week, but admits the side must start producing results starting on Friday against Worcestershire.
Knocks from Marcus North (57 off 47 balls), Wayne Madsen (36 off 27 balls) and Scott Elstone (17 off 10 balls) helped the Falcons recover from 23-3 to 164-7, but a brutal 63 off 32 balls from Alex Hales guided Nottinghamshire to a five-wicket win.
Madsen says the squad are determined to bounce back this Friday when they welcome North Division leaders Worcestershire to The 3aaa County Ground.
“We showed good character to fight back from the position we were in, but we were obviously disappointed not to get the win,” Madsen said.
“We didn’t get off to the best of starts with the bat against Notts. It was a little bit slow at first, but we stuck at it, battled hard and were pretty chuffed to get up to the total we did.
Derbyshire Falcons continue their NatWest T20 Blast campaign against Yorkshire Vikings at Queen's Park, Chesterfield, on Sunday 13 July; 2.30pm start.
Derbyshire Captain, Wayne Madsen, will lead his side out at the picturesque Queen's Park as they go head-to-head against a Vikings side featuring Australia Twenty20 opener Aaron Finch.
Finch hit a world-record 156 off just 63 balls in a Twenty20 international against England last year and has established a reputation as one of the most powerful hitters in the world game.
He is the number one batsman in the Twenty20 world rankings and will top the bill on the final day of the festival, Sunday 13 July, when Derbyshire Falcons face Yorkshire Vikings; a side that will also include the England duo of Jonny Bairstow and Tim Bresnan.
Graeme Welch's men, meanwhile, are likely to have both North and world number three Test batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul available for the fixture.
David Wainwright says it was one of the best days of his career, as the spinner hit a career-best 109 and claimed five wickets to help set up Derbyshire’s nine-wicket win over Leicestershire.
On day three, the 29-year-old scored his first century for Derbyshire before returning figures of 5-54 to set the visitors up for their final-day victory at Grace Road.
Wainwright was delighted with his personal performance, but was quick to praise an outstanding team performance as Graeme Welch’s men claimed their first four-day win of the season.
“Day three was an amazing day,” he said. “The contrast with earlier this week was just massive. On day one I didn’t bowl well and was pretty down at the hotel. Then you get a day like Tuesday and you are entirely at the other end of the spectrum. I’m still bouncing.
“It feels even better after today. We’ve been working really hard all season but the results just haven’t been coming. But we played very well over the last four days and we’re delighted to get that first win.
Half-centuries from Stephen Moore and Paul Borrington guided Derbyshire to their first LV= County Championship victory of 2014, against Leicestershire at Grace Road.
Chasing 186 for victory on the final day, the opening pair shared a 121-run opening stand to calm any nerves in the Derbyshire dressing room.
Borrington (pictured above) top-scored with an unbeaten 86 (13 fours), while Moore added 76 (9 fours) as Graeme Welch’s men reached the victory target for the loss of just one wicket to claim the first four-day win at Grace Road since September 1999.
It took Derbyshire only 3.2 overs to claim the last Leicestershire wicket on the final morning, as Alex Wyatt (14) gloved a short delivery from Mark Footitt (3-57) to Wayne Madsen at slip to be dismissed for 210 and set the visitors 186 to win.
Derbyshire County Cricket Club is bringing first-class cricket back to Chesterfield this July, as Queen’s Park plays host to the Chesterfield Festival of Cricket for the eighth successive summer.
At the height of the English summer, the county’s picturesque northern outpost will host six-days of county cricket as part of the week-long cricket festival, in association with Chesterfield Borough Council, starting Sunday 6th July.
Derbyshire will compete in two NatWest T20 Blast fixtures – including the traditional local derby with Yorkshire Vikings on Sunday 13th July – and a four-day clash with LV= County Championship Division Two rivals Essex.
On the opening day, Sunday 6th July, supporters can enjoy explosive T20 action as Derbyshire Falcons entertain Leicestershire Foxes.
Wayne Madsen’s side are back in action the following day as they continue their LV= County Championship campaign against Essex, commencing Monday 7th July.
David Wainwright produced a fine all-round performance, hitting his maiden hundred for Derbyshire before claiming five wickets, as Derbyshire set up chance for a final-day victory at Grace Road.
The 29-year-old hit a career-best 109 in the morning and returned figures of 5-54 to become the first Derbyshire player since Jonathan Clare in 2008 to hit a hundred and claim a five-wicket haul in the same match.
Wainwright and Tom Taylor (40), on his first-class debut, helped Derbyshire claim a useful 25-run first innings lead during the morning session, before the left-arm spinner then led the attack picking up five scalps as Leicestershire closed the day on 200-9, a lead of 175 runs with one wicket remaining.
Wainwright could do little wrong in the morning session as he completed his first century for Derbyshire, before claiming two wickets without conceding a run just before Lunch.
Wainwright batted superbly across the two days, facing 200 balls to compile his career-best 109 (13 fours) and help Derbyshire claim a third bonus batting point with a ball to spare. Debutant Tom Taylor ably assisted his senior partner hitting 40, before Derbyshire were finally dismissed for 336, securing a lead of 25.
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