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Derbyshire beaten by 105 runs

The Derbyshire Falcons fell to a heavy defeat to the Warwickshire Bears in the Clydesdale Bank 40 at the County Ground on Bank Holiday Monday.

Having posted 242 from their 40 overs, the visitors then dismissed Derbyshire for 137 despite an explosive 57 from Jonathan Clare.

Having won the toss and elected to bowl first, Derbyshire began strongly with Will Porterfield (3) and Varun Chopra (19) falling early, both caught at the wicket off the bowling of Mark Turner.

Jim Troughton has struggled for form this season but the Warwickshire captain looked in good touch, reaching 34 before being superbly run out courtesy of a direct hit from Tom Knight; the Bears 66-3 after 13 overs.

A productive partnership then ensued between two former England players Tim Ambrose and Darren Maddy; the pair adding 90 for the fourth wicket.

Ambrose passed 50, his knock coming from 67 balls with four fours, before the partnership was broken the very next ball with Tom Knight bowling Maddy for a 45 ball 40; the visitors 156-4 with 10 overs remaining.

Warwickshire’s innings then gathered momentum with ex Derbyshire skipper Rikki Clarke racing to 48 from just 29 balls with three fours and three sixes before finding Garry Park at long off off the bowling of Alex Hughes; Warwickshire 232-5 with two overs remaining.

Turner, who had bowled well in both of his two spells, then accounted for Chris Woakes in the final over as Warwickshire closed their innings on 242-6 from their 40 overs; Ambrose unbeaten on 77.

For the Falcons, Turner returned figures of 3-40 from his eight overs with Knight and Alex Hughes both taking a wicket apiece.

The hosts’ reply could not have got off to a worse start with the first over from Woakes accounting for both Chesney Hughes and Wes Durston for golden ducks with the former playing on and Durston edging behind to Ambrose.

The situation got worse for Derbyshire when Wayne Madsen fell to a virtually unplayable delivery from Chris Wright; the Falcons captain edging to Clarke at 1st slip for 12.

The precession continued shortly after when Dan Redfern – opening in the absence of the injured Martin Guptill – became the second batsman to fall to the Woakes/Ambrose combination. The left-hander out for nine and Derbyshire in all kinds of trouble at 25-4.

Whiteley and Garry Park then offered some brief respite, advancing the score to 46 before the former chipped the ball to Clarke at mid wicket off Steffan Piolet for 11.

Four overs later and Park’s resistance was ended as he cut to Will Porterfield at backward point to give Piolet his second wicket; Derbyshire staring down the barrel of a heavy defeat at 59-6.

Jonathan Clare was performing a stubborn rearguard action for Derbyshire, however wickets continued to fall at the other end with Alex Hughes (7) and Mark Turner (1) falling to Jeetan Patel and Piolet respectively; the latter recording career best One Day figures of 4-31 in the process.

Some lusty blows then followed from Clare who brought up a fine 50 with a huge six over midwicket, the milestone coming from 48 balls including five fours and a six as Derbyshire edged their total up towards 150.

It was Clare, however, who was the last man to go, caught on the 3rd man boundary by Patel off Wright for 57; Derbyshire all out for 137 and defeated by 105 runs.

Derbyshire now travel to Leicester where they continue their promotion charge in the LV=County Championship; the match beginning tomorrow at 11am at Grace Road.

Inside Edge: We didn't contain them as well as we could have done and batting, to lose four wickets in the first five overs you are always going to struggle but we've got some young guys in the side who are learning and hopefully we can take a lot out of today. ' - Karl Krikken

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