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Foxes win despite Durston onslaught

WesDurstonWes Durston hit 89 off just 63 balls, but it's wasn't enough as five wickets for Anthony Ireland and 65 from Greg Smith guided Leicestershire Foxes to a five-wicket win at Queen's Park, Chesterfield, by Christabel Bancroft. 

Durston blazed 89, the fifth highest individual score for Derbyshire in the competition, but Marcus North was the only other batsman to reach double figures in a total of 143.

Leicestershire lost their openers cheaply but Smith settled any nerves with a unbeaten 65 from 56 balls to guide his team to their third victory of the season with four balls to spare.

Leicestershire won the toss and elected to bowl first with all-rounder’s Durston and Chesney Hughes opening the batting for the Falcons, but Chesney Hughes was first out in the second over for seven. 

The hosts lost a couple of cheap wickets, but Durston held the innings together reaching to an excellent half-century after just 31 balls.

Derbyshire reached the 15th over on 110-3 with Durston and North beginning to form a partnership, but North was out shortly after, superbly caught and bowled by Jigar Naik for 20 off 24 balls.

Wayne Madsen's men lost a flurry of late wickets, with Derbyshire’s top-scorer Durston finally falling after 63 balls for a very good 89, including eleven fours and one six, as the hosts closed on 143 all out to the final ball of the innings.

Leicestershire began their innings with Niall O’Brien falling for 10 after only seven balls but the Foxes continued to progress to 33-1 in the fifth over.

A fantastic set of catches from Alex Hughes saw captain Joshua Cobb leave for 19 after 16 balls, followed by Ned Eckersley for 21.

After 15 overs and with a score of 114-3, the Foxes only needed 30 runs off of the last five overs to win the game.
Derbyshire finally caught out Matt Boyce for 18 after a high ball bowled by Durston forced him to hit it out, caught on the leg-side boundary.

Foxes’ batsman Smith, however, soon got to his half-century off 48 balls in the 17th over with Leicestershire on 122-4, as the visitors closed in on victory.

Going into the last over of the day, Leicestershire only needed four off six balls to win the game but lost Scott Styris (8) after a fast ball from Turner.

Leicestershire, however, quickly wrapped up the game with a boundary to win by five wickets on the opening day of the 2014 Old Speckled Hen Chesterfield Festival of Cricket, in association with Chesterfield Borough Council.

Derbyshire Captain Wayne Madsen said: “I felt we were probably 10 or 15 short. Wes played brilliantly but we weren’t able to get those extra runs at the back end when we lost five wickets in the space of about eight balls.

"I thought we bowled really well in the first six overs but ultimately we were short, another 15 runs and we would have won today.”

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