Mark Turner marked his return to the Derbyshire side with career-best Twenty20 figures of 4 for 35 – only for Lancashire to spoil his evening by emerging with a 12 run victory.
Stephen Moore scored 74 from 42 balls as the hosts compiled 165-9 at Old Trafford despite Turner’s heroics at Emirates Old Trafford - and it proved to be more than enough.
Lancashire slipped to 34-3 early-on as Turner took the first of his wickets and Tim Groenewald removed Tom Smith (0) and Simon Katich (10) to claim his first two dismissals on the way to figures of 3 for 32.
Moore, however, took 23 off the 13th over of the innings, bowled by Wainwright. And, although the former Worcestershire man perished to the off-spin of Dan Redfern (2 for 17) in the 14th over - the damage had already been done and Derbyshire were left chasing upwards of eight runs per over.
Wes Durston’s 48 from 29 balls got them off to a flier and – when Shivnarine Chanderpaul (39 0ff 31 balls) and Wayne Madsen (36 off 27 balls) – took the score to 102-2 in the 14th over, Derbyshire were still in with a fighting chance.
Chanderpaul, however, required a runner in the latter stages of his innings and played no appreciable part in his own dismissal as Durston was run out on his behalf thanks to a direct hit by Mitchell McLenaghan.
The game was getting away from the Falcons by the time Madsen departed at 140-5 off the final ball of the 18th over.
Then McLenaghan, who took 2 for 26, completed his fine evening’s work by clean bowling Redfern for 12 with the first ball of the final over. With 21 still required to win, the game was in the bag.
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