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Durston's century leads Derbyshire to victory

DurstonWes Durston struck his second century of the Royal London One-Day Cup campaign to help guide Derbyshire to a six-run victory versus Northamptonshire in a thrilling rain-affected game at Wantage Road.

Rain arrived in the ninth over of Derbyshire’s innings and forced a delay in proceedings of over two hours to reduce the game to 32 overs per side.

The delay did not seem to affect Durston, however, who advanced the score well as Derbyshire scored 211-6 from their 32 overs, thanks largely to Durston’s score of 108.

In accordance with the Duckworth/Lewis system, Northants’ target was revised to 227 because of the rain delay that had affected the Falcons’ innings.

The sizable total proved too much for the Steelbacks, who ended on 220-9, with Palladino the pick of the bowlers returning figures of 3-51, to give Derbyshire their third win of the campaign and the Falcons now sit fourth in Group A.

Derbyshire reached 35 without loss after 8.1 overs when a heavy rain shower forced the players off and reduced the match to 32 overs a side. After the resumption, Billy Godleman faced a delivery from James Middlebrook that kept low and bowled him for 22.

Durston was joined at the crease by Marcus North, and proceeded to reach his second One-Day Cup hundred of the season, from 89 balls, with 9 fours and 3 sixes, to put his side in a commanding position. North and Durston built a 100-run partnership for the second wicket, before North was stumped for 43.

Gareth Cross (10) then added some late runs, as Derbyshire scored 211 from their 32 overs. The victory target for the hosts was revised to 227, due to the earlier rain delay.

In reply, Northants’ lost an early wicket as Mark Footitt (2-51) had Kyle Coetzer caught off his bowling for 10 in the third over.

Richard Levi and Adam Rossington proceeded to build a threatening partnership, before Rossington was caught off the bowling of centurion Durston (1-35) for 26 to leave the hosts on 71-2. Two more quick wickets fell shortly after to put the visitors in the ascendancy.

Dangerman Levi had threatened to put Northants back in the game, but he finally departed for 62 when Footitt found his edge and put Derbyshire back in control of the match.

Graeme White departed for 10, caught brilliantly by Godleman off Footitt, before Ben Cotton, making his first List A appearance for Derbyshire, took his maiden List A wicket, bowling Andrew Hall for 43, and then removed Chambers two balls later in the same over. 

The Steelbacks were left needing 18 to win from the final over, and fell six runs short, as Derbyshire sealed victory and remain in the hunt for a quarter final spot. The Falcons are back in action on Wednesday versus Yorkshire at Scarborough. 

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