Derbyshire’s comprehensive 129 run victory over the Unicorns on Sunday saw a clinical and professional display with both bat and ball as the Falcons’ moved to the top of the Clydesdale Bank 40 Group C table after the first round of matches.
The match capped a stellar performance from Wes Durston; with the 2011 Derbyshire Player of the Year contributing a faultless unbeaten 120 as the visitors amassed 287 from their 40 overs.
It capped a memorable day for the former Unicorns man, who has enjoyed a fairytale two years since catching the eye with a string of top class performances in the CB40 competition and Durston was understandably delighted with the way the day unfolded.
‘The day went perfectly for me and the team. It was always going to be a special one having played for the Unicorns, so to be able to contribute to the win with some runs was very pleasing’ he said.
‘When the groups were being drawn I wanted both Somerset and the Unicorns and we managed to get the Unicorns in our group, obviously there is no axe to grind with them and it was nice seeing some old faces; it was a good day.’
Durston’s knock came from 111 balls, including 11 fours and a six in what was a chanceless innings; the 31-year-old never looking in any trouble throughout his time at the crease.
‘I felt good out there. I came in to the match on the back of an innings of 68 against Gloucestershire in the LV=County Championship and that undoubtedly gave me confidence coming in to this one and I felt in decent touch.’
Durston was not the only batsman to hit a century against the Unicorns, and he is full of praise for batting partner Martin Guptill, who hit 125 as the pair shared a stand of 222 for the second wicket.
‘It’s great to bat with Guppy, he’s a class player’ said Durston.
‘He batted very well and it was a good partnership with two contrasting innings, although I did catch him up at one stage in terms of runs! It was a great innings from him and it was nice to be able to put on so many runs.’
Durston accepts that the Falcons’ win was an impressive one and although he is pleased with the way the side performed, he is keen to use the game as a stepping stone, with plenty of cricket around the corner.
‘It was a good performance. I think it is always harder to win games that you are expected to win and this was one of those.
‘To win by 129 runs was pleasing but we need to make sure we take this forward and carry on the momentum and keep building and that starts next Wednesday when we travel to Hampshire in the LV=County Championship.’
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