By Adam Redfern
Derbyshire Falcons have lost for the first time in this season’s Friends Life t20 campaign with a 41 run defeat to Yorkshire Carnegie at The County Ground, following an outstanding bowling display from Moin Ashraf.
Derbyshire were set a target of 151 to win by their opponents before Ashraf emphatically took four of Derbyshire’s wickets for just 18 runs; bowling the Falcons all out for 109.
Yorkshire, who won the toss and elected to bat, started their innings brightly with some fine hitting from in-form captain Andrew Gale, who hit an impressive five fours off the opening four overs as he looked to add to his 70 run innings against the Leicestershire Foxes.
After a slow start by the Derbyshire bowlers, Phil Jaques was the first wicket to go for Yorkshire. He scored eight off 11 balls before being dismissed by an easy catch from Dan Redfern on the boundary, off the bowling of Wes Durston (1-10). This wicket ended Carnegie’s opening partnership of 36; easing the Falcons’ nerves.
Gale’s hard-hitting for Yorkshire left Derbyshire searching for a much needed wicket and it finally came in the ninth over off David Wainwright’s first delivery. Two balls later Wainwright dismissed the unfortunate David Miller for a duck leaving the score 66-3, switching the game and putting the Falcons in the driving seat.
Joe Root quickly scored a four for Carnegie at three as he looked to carry on where his captain left off and coolly scored 22 runs off 22 balls at the half-way stage.
Some brilliant bowling from Wainwright (2-14) halted the Yorkshire batsmen as their run rate dropped to 6.66 in the 14th over, as he looked to turn the screw over his former club.
Root notched up 36 for Yorkshire before being dismissed with a catch from behind by Poynton off the bowling of Rana Naved and soon after Turner bowled Richard Pyrah for two, to take Yorkshire’s fifth wicket of the game.
Gary Ballance then became the main focal point of Carnegie’s innings with some quick scoring for Yorkshire as he scored 47 not out off 35 balls.
Some impressive late hitting then saw Yorkshire scored 40 runs off the last three overs of the innings; leaving the Falcons with a target of 151 to win.
In reply, Wes Durston and Usman Khawaja started with some impressive hitting, scoring 16 off the first two overs.
The opening stand saw the hosts hit 43 off the first six overs before Khawaja was caught behind by Brophy off the bowling of Starc for 20.
Durston was soon to go too, trapped LBW off the bowling of Ashraf, leaving the rest of the Derbyshire batting order with 102 to win off 13 overs.
With the visitors in the ascendency, Ashraf superbly bowled Madsen for six off three deliveries in the ninth over leaving Derbyshire trailing.
Dan Redfern was quickly run out for two from as many deliveries as Yorkshire claimed their fourth wicket through Moin Ashraf.
Pyrah took the wicket of Whiteley as he was bowled for eight off 14 balls as Derbyshire struggled to chase down the target set by their opponents, losing five wickets off just 20 balls.
Chesney Hughes seemed to steady the ship for the Falcons for a time, but Pyrah prevented a fight-back bowling him out for eight from 11 balls; Derbyshire 79-6.
Pyrah was quickly becoming the star of the evening for Yorkshire taking the wickets of Whiteley, Hughes and Poynton, as Derbyshire faced their first defeat of the Friends Life t20 campaign.
Ashraf then stole the limelight taking two wickets in the 18th over with impressive figures off 4-18, leaving Derbyshire with 48 to win with just one wicket remaining.
Yorkshire then promptly brought an end to proceedings with the final ball of the game, with Mark Turner was bowled by Michael Starc (2-16).
The Derbyshire Falcons, who now sit in 3rd and two points behind leaders Nottinghamshire Outlaws, will look to bounce back when they face the Durham Dynamos at The County Ground on Wednesday evening at 7:10pm.
Tickets for the game are still available at the advance price of £13 and can be purchased here.
Inside Edge ‘The last few overs of their innings just took it away from us a bit. We still thought 150 was gettable but unfortunately we lost wickets at regular intervals. We’ll look to bounce back on Wednesday.’ – Karl Krikken
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