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Groenewald shines but rain ruins Derbyshire's day

Tim Groenewald was the star with the ball for Derbyshire at Sussex – but his efforts proved to be fruitless as persistent rain saw the match abandoned in Horsham.

Groenewald had torn through the Sharks top order in the Clydesdale Bank 40 match at Cricketfield Road taking the prize wickets of Luke Wright and Scott Styris.

The Falcons paceman eventually finished with figures of 3-30 off his eight overs but, with Sussex at 111-5 off 24 overs, the umpires called the players off as the rain fell and the match was eventually called off.

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Mark Turner had made the breakthrough for Derbyshire, uprooting the off stump of Ed Joyce before Groenewald worked his magic.

David Wainwright chipped in with the wicket of Joe Gatting, who top scored for Sussex with 34, but both teams had to share the points in Group C as the weather deteriorated.

Umpires Peter Hartley and Peter Willey had decided to start on time, despite there being light drizzle at the Horsham Cricket and Sports Club, with Derbyshire taking to the field after skipper Wayne Madsen won the toss and sent Sussex in to bat.

Turner was the first to strike for the Falcons when he found a way through former England batsman Joyce’s defences to bowl him for just eight runs.

That brought danger man Wright to the crease but after a couple of lusty strokes to the boundary, he was making his way back to the pavilion.

Groenewald had the England one day star caught at the third man boundary by Wainwright for 14 before trapping Chris Nash LBW two balls later for 16, leaving the Sharks reeling on 40-3.

The Falcons paceman was on a charge and picked up his third and final wicket in the 13th over as Alex Hughes caught Kiwi debutant Styris on the boundary for just five.

Sussex did settle when skipper Michael Yardy strode to the crease and his combination with Gatting saw the score tick over the 100 mark.

Gatting was beginning to find a bit of rhythm, hitting both Rana Naved and Alex Hughes for six.

But a change of bowling saw him perish for 34 runs as he hit the ball straight to skipper Madsen, who caught it at the third attempt at short extra cover, off the bowling of David Wainwright.

The drizzle that had accompanied the cricket was getting progressively harder though and with Sussex on 111-5 after 24 overs, the umpires took the players off to the dressing rooms.

Dark clouds continued to roll over the ground and with no prospect of the rain relenting, the game was eventually called off at 5.15pm. 

Inside Edge: "It's disappointing because we were bowling well before the rain came. I thought the boys did us proud early on. We'll go into the T20 matches with a lot of confidence now." - coach Karl Krikken

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