Shivnarine Chanderpaul’s unbeaten 87 guided Derbyshire to a thrilling final over victory versus Lancashire, to seal the Falcons’ third straight Friends Life t20 win.
Tim Groenewald picked up career-best figures of 4 for 21 from his four overs to help restrict the visitors to 152-8 at the County Ground.
Chanderpaul led the Derbyshire reply, hitting seven fours and two sixes in his match-winning knock, ably assisted by Wes Durston, Wayne Madsen and Albie Morkel – and it was fitting that it was the West Indies international who hit the winning runs with three balls to spare.
Derbyshire have reclaimed top spot in the North Division, with six points from a possible six, and now take the momentum into Friday’s local derby with Nottinghamshire; 7pm start.
Derbyshire made an excellent start with the ball after Wayne Madsen had won the toss. It only took Groenewald four deliveries to claim the first wicket of the match, as Stephen Moore top edged a short delivery to keeper Tom Poynton.
Wickets continued to fall with Groenewald again leading the way dismissing Steven Croft (2) and Ashwell Prince (8) in successive overs to reduce the visitors to 19-3 in the fifth over.
Former Derbyshire Captain Simon Katich made a lightning start hitting 20 off Mark Footitt’s first over, but he was removed shortly after, trapped lbw by Jonathan Clare for 28.
New batsmen Brown and Tom Smith shared a 68-run stand to bring Lancashire back into the game. Smith hit one six in his knock of 27 from as many balls, before he was well caught by Madsen at long-on off Dan Redfern.
Durston claimed the important wicket of the in-form Brown for 50 - including one four and three sixes - shortly after, to leave the visitors 116-5 after 16 overs.
Gareth Cross hit some big blows off Redfern to hit 24 from just 14 balls, but the hosts claimed three late wickets to restrict Lancashire to 151-8 from their 20 overs.
Requiring 152 to win, Derbyshire lost Chesney Hughes off the first delivery from Kabir Ali, but Chanderpaul and Wes Durston regrouped and produced a 50-run partnership to put the hosts in the ascendency.
Durston was the second man out for 20, but Chanderpaul developed another healthy partnership, this time with Captain Madsen. Together they added 40 runs before rain forced the players off briefly with the hosts narrowly ahead by Duckworth Lewis.
The pair could only add six more runs after the resumption before Madsen was well caught by Moore off Tom Smith to reduce the hosts to 96-3 in the 15th over.
But Chanderpaul saw the Falcons home with a sensational unbeaten 87 from 70 balls, while Morkel added 15, as Derbyshire reached their 152 victory target with three balls to spare.
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