Seven matches into the 2012 campaign, Derbyshire tasted defeat for the first time in a nine-wicket reverse against Warwickshire today.
Rikki Clarke haunted the club he used to captain with figures of 3 for 22 as the Falcons were all out for 122 before Jonathan Trott and William Porterfield made light work of the run-chase.
Warwickshire won the toss and elected to field on a sunny but blustery Edgbaston afternoon - and they quickly had the Falcons in trouble.
Chesney Hughes (5) edged Chris Wright to slip with the score on nine in the second over. And when Chris Woakes, who took 2 for 20 from five overs, accounted for Martin Guptill (3) and Wayne Madsen (0) lbw and caught slip respectively, the Falcons were 19-3 just 25 deliveries into the match.
Wes Durston (pictured) looked in decent form, however, and he found the boundary with refreshing regularity in partnership with Dan Redfern as the score reached 42.
The introduction of Clarke did for Redfern though as the all-rounder's first ball saw Darren Maddy take a routine catch on the square-leg boundary.
Durston, now joined by Ross Whiteley, continued to impress striking five fours and two sixes in his 44 off 54 balls.
But when an attempt to strike Jeetan Patel went wrong, James Troughton’s catch reduced Derbyshire to 82-5, a position from which the lower-order never threatened to recover.
Clarke and Patel helped themselves to three wickets apiece and Derbyshire were 122 all out in just 31.1 overs, with only Ross Whiteley (20), David Wainwright (16) and Tim Groenewald (13*) joining Durston in double figures.
Faint hopes of a comeback were ignited when Varun Chopra nicked Groenewald to Durston at slip in the opening over of the Bears' reply.
But with Porterfield oozing class and Trott transmitting seemingly effortless composure, the home side’s victory charge was quickly underway.
Portefield passed 50, in 59 balls with six fours, as the Bears reached 84-1 by the halfway stage of their 40 overs. He finished 81 not out, off 80 deliveries, with ten fours and a six.
Trott, whose unbeaten 41 came from 65 balls with four fours, struck two successive boundaries to finish the match with some 15.3 overs still remaining.
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