Nottinghamshire proved too strong for Derbyshire in the Barbados t20 Cup Final on Sunday night.
Derbyshire earned their place in the final after their excellent victory earlier in the day against Warwickshire but were outplayed by their East Midlands rivals Nottinghamshire under the floodlights at the Kensington Oval.
In a balmy evening and in front of several hundred spectators – the majority holidaymakers from the UK – Derbyshire won the toss and decided to bat on a pitch that had already been used for three games.
Against Warwickshire the first innings score was 153; a couple of hours later Yorkshire mustered 128 in their first innings, and then in the Plate Final Northants couldn’t even reach three figures. The conclusion was that the pitch was getting slower and more difficult to score runs on.
Early wickets fell but 56 for 3 after ten overs was a reasonable platform for a challenging score, so it was frustrating when another 3 wickets fell in quick succession to leave Derbyshire on 60 for 6 after 12 overs.
However, Richard Johnson – inventive, quick feet and always looking to score off every ball – and Tony Palladino added 57 in the final 8 overs, actually doubling the score before the innings closed on 114-6.
Johnson made an energetic 35 not out while Palladino finished with an unbeaten 19.
Although low scores have been defended in t20 cricket – indeed, Derbyshire defended 111 at Northampton a couple of years ago - the feeling was that Derbyshire would probably have to take 10 wickets to prevent a Nottinghamshire win. And so it proved as Hales and Lumb put on 69 for the first wicket in 8 overs before the former was caught by Groenewald off Burgoyne and the latter removed by Hughes. James Taylor, however, quickly reminded Derbyshire of his prodigious talent.
Not for the first time, the diminutive batsman put Derbyshire’s bowlers to the sword with a quick fire 32 from 16 balls before Mullaney hit a huge six off Hughes to end the game with 39 balls and 7 wickets in hand.
Derbyshire were well beaten but the side was missing a handful of capped players and the experience of these 3 t20 games will not be lost on these young players as they enter the 2013 English season.
Come June, and Karl Krikken will expect to include Madsen, Durston, Redfern, Chanderpaul, Wainwright, Clare and another overseas player in his t20 side, but these trio of t20 games gave him an opportunity to see what the other players could do.
Borrington and Slater didn’t look out of place when they batted, and both wicket-keepers produced a useful innings at the Kensington Oval and both kept well, too. Whiteley demonstrated his awesome power and stroke play and all the bowlers had their moments.
Monday is the first and only rest day of the tour, then its back to North Stars for a two day game against Nottinghamshire. Full reports and photographs will be featured on the website.
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