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Durston knock guides Falcons to second Twenty20 win

WesDurstonWes Durston top scored with 83 - while David Wainwright claimed three key wickets – as Derbyshire Falcons claimed their second Friends Life t20 win in as many days, this time against Leicestershire Foxes.

Durston, who hit three sixes in his 62-ball vigil, shared a record-breaking second-wicket stand with West Indies international Shivnarine Chanderpaul (38) to help the visitors post 173-3 from their 20 overs at Grace Road.

The Foxes made a quick start in reply, but an inspired stint of bowling from Wainwright, and a tight spell from Dan Redfern, handed Karl Krikken’s side a well-deserved 24-run victory.

The Falcons now top the North Division after claiming two wins from their opening two fixtures and take the momentum into Tuesday's (2nd July) opening home Friends Life t20 fixture versus Lancashire at the County Ground; 7.10pm start. 

The Falcons made an excellent start to their innings courtesy of Chesney Hughes. The explosive opener hit four fours and a six to add 34 runs, from just 20 balls, as part of a 48-run opening stand.

World number two Test batsman Chanderpaul joined Durston in the middle and together they hit the highest-ever second-wicket partnership against Leicestershire in Twenty20 cricket. 

Chanderpaul displayed his variation with the bat, reverse sweeping Shakib Al Hasan for back-to-back fours, on the way to a superb 38 off 29 balls – including four fours and a six – before the excellent 94-run stand was ended in the 17th over with Derbyshire on 142-2.

Durston, meanwhile, continued his outstanding innings hitting five fours and three sixes, before he was removed in the final over for 83 from just 62 balls, as Derbyshire closed on 173-3.

Josh Cobb made a lightning start in reply for the hosts, smashing 19 off one Mark Footitt over, as the Foxes 48 runs inside the opening four overs. But the Leicestershire Captain was removed in the following over, for 47 from only 26 balls, after Billy Godleman took a good catch running backwards from mid-wicket.

Neil O’Brien was bowled by Redfern for 17, but the hosts remained in control at 87-2 after just nine overs. But the spin of Redfern and Wainwright soon turned the fixture in favour of the Falcons.

Derbyshire bowled superbly to reduce the Foxes from 96-2 to 149 all out, all starting with an excellent diving catch from Wainwright off Albie Morkel to remove Al Hasan for four. 

Joe Burns gave the Foxes some renewed hope of reaching their victory target hitting 36 from just 25 balls, but when he was stumped by Tom Poynton off Redfern, the hosts were in trouble at 121-5.

Leicestershire added only 28 runs for their last five wickets, as Wainwright claimed exceptional figures of 3-24 from his four overs, including two victims in his final over, to put Derbyshire in the ascendency.

A mix-up brought Derbyshire their final wicket in the penultimate, as Tim Groenewald ran out Robbie Williams without scoring, to hand Wayne Madsen’s side their second Friends Life t20 win in as many days. 

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Derbyshire continue their Friends Life t20 campaign this week, welcoming Lancashire Lightning to the County Ground on Tuesday, 2nd July (7.10pm start), before entertaining local rivals Nottinghamshire Outlaws on Friday, 5th July (7pm start).

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