The Derbyshire Falcons’ final Clydesdale Bank 40 match of the season against the Northamptonshire Steelbacks fell to the weather with only one innings possible at the County Ground; with both sides collecting a point.
After a 15 minute delay, the match got away under heavy skies at 2pm and Northants were able to complete their full allocation of 40 overs, reaching 232-8 before the rain set in at the interval.
A young Derbyshire side, led for the first time by Wes Durston, bowled admirably throughout and the visitors were indebted to opener Kyle Coetzer (68), David Sales (58) and Rob Newton (31) as well as an unbeaten 27 from just 21 balls from Con de Lange as Northants reached 232-8.
For the hosts, Ally Evans (2-34) looked sharp during his seven overs as he claimed his first couple of List A wickets for the county, whilst there was a wicket apiece for Ross Whiteley and Chesney Hughes.
The star of the show, however, was Peter Burgoyne who recorded impressive figures of 3-31 from seven overs; including a terrific caught and bowled effort to get rid of the dangerous Niall O’Brien for just three.
The performance comes on the back of an impressive display from the England Under 19s all-rounder; who hit his maiden century for the 2nd XI in the recent Championship match against MCCU.
With honours fairly even at the halfway stage, the rain that had threatened throughout the first innings unfortunately arrived and with no signs of it abating, the match was abandoned by the two umpires shortly after 6pm.
The weather may have curtailed the match but it did little to deter the wives and girlfriends of Derbyshire players who, through their homemade cake stand, raised £240, half of which will go to the Derbyshire Academy with the other half going to Cancer Research.
Inside Edge - 'I’m confident we could have chased down the score but of course it wouldn’t have been easy. It’s an inexperienced side and hopefully the lads out there enjoyed it and will have benefited a lot from it' - Wes Durston
Derbyshire’s attentions now turn to a potentially pivotal match in the LV=County Championship tomorrow at the County Ground with the weather forecast thankfully looking brighter.
Derbyshire: Khawaja, C. Hughes, Durston (c), Borrington, Redfern, Whiteley, A. Hughes, Durham (wk), Burgoyne, Higginbottom, Evans.
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