Gordon Muchall’s explosive half-century helped Durham Dynamos secure a 37-run victory against Derbyshire Falcons at Chester-le-Street.
Muchall produced a brutal display of hitting to end unbeaten on 66 from just 36 balls, as Durham posted 187-3 from their 20 overs - the Dynamos' highest ever Twenty20 total against the Falcons.
Chesney Hughes got the visitors off to a solid start in reply, before Dan Redfern top-scored with 43 off 34 balls, but it was ultimately in vain as Karl Krikken’s side lost wickets at regular intervals to be dismissed for 150 with seven balls remaining.
After losing the toss, the Dynamos made a quick start with the bat courtesy of Captain Mark Stoneman who led the way with 47 off 34 balls. He was duly assisted by Phil Mustard who chipped in with 24 as Durham moved onto 78-1 after 10 overs.
It was, however, the 79-run partnership between Muchall and Scott Borthwick that put the hosts on top. Borthwick hit two sixes in his knock of 31, while Muchall struck four fours and three sixes in his stand out performance to help Durham set Derbyshire 188 for victory at the Emirates ICG.
Derbyshire Falcons conclude their 2013 Friends Life t20 North Division campaign against Durham Dynamos on Sunday afternoon at Chester-le-Street, 2.40pm start.
The Falcons - who can still mathematically qualify for the knockout stage - are now relying on several results to go their way if they are to seal a last eight spot.
This follows last night's defeat against Leicestershire, as four wickets from Anthony Ireland guided the Foxes to a 79-run win at the County Ground - leaving Karl Krikken's men in fourth place and 1.75 points behind Durham.
To have any chance of qualifying for the quarter-finals for the first time since 2005, Wayne Madsen's side must first secure victory against the Dynamos on Sunday.
Mark Stoneman’s side, who have won their last three Friends Life t20 matches, are also in the hunt for a place in the last eight after claiming a five-wicket win against Leicestershire in their last outing at the Emirates ICG on Thursday.
Anthony Ireland starred with career-best figures of 4 for 11 as Leicestershire beat Derbyshire by 79 runs at the County Ground.
Tim Groenewald (1 for 19), Alex Hughes (3 for 32), Peter Burgoyne (1 for 28) and Dan Redfern (1 for 25) all impressed with the ball as the visitors were restricted to 151 for 6 from their 20 overs.
But only Shivnarine Chanderpaul (25) reached double figures for the Falcons who were all out, in 14.2 overs, for 72.
Josh Cobb took 3 for 19 and Shakib-Al-Hasan took 2 for 7 as the Foxes cashed in on Ireland’s lethal opening burst to emerge with their third victory of the campaign.
Subject to a Friday fitness test - Shivnarine Chanderpaul has been named in Derbyshire’s 15-man squad for the Friends Life t20 match versus Leicestershire Foxes on Friday, 7pm start.
The West Indian batsman returns to the squad in place of Albie Morkel who has departed for the Caribbean Premier League.
Chanderpaul was averaging 45.50 in this year’s competition prior to sustaining a hamstring injury against Lancashire at Old Trafford and missing the recent matches versus Yorkshire, Durham and Nottinghamshire.
He was man of the match with 87 not out in the seven wicket victory over Lancashire at Derby.
Derbyshire CCC all-rounder Ross Whiteley has left the Club by mutual consent and will join Worcestershire CCC.
Head Coach Karl Krikken said: “Ross intends to pursue his career during the winter in Australia, a move which does not fit in with our plans for a full winter pre-season with Derbyshire.
“While we are disappointed to lose Ross, we have sufficient quality in the squad to make up for his departure and we wish Ross well in his future endeavors.”
Simon Storey, Chief Executive, said: “In the light of Ross’s request to be released from his contract, the Board has agreed that it would be in the best interests of Club and player that he leaves and a deal has been agreed for his immediate move to New Road.”
Derbyshire’s Twenty20 showdown with Leicestershire at the County Ground – this coming Friday – has taken on a new significance following the recent victory over Nottinghamshire.
Chesney Hughes and Wes Durston wowed a SKY Sports television audience with their aggressive batting versus the Outlaws on Tuesday evening before an accomplished performance in the field secured a crucial 16 run victory.
Derbyshire’s hopes of quarter-final qualification, therefore, remain very much alive ahead of the visit of Leicestershire who have so far won two, lost four and tied one of their seven Friends Life t20 matches.
Albie Morkel has departed for the Caribbean Premier League while Shivnarine Chanderpaul remains doubtful with a hamstring injury.
Pupils from a Derby City Primary School drew inspiration from meeting Derbyshire first team players – and have gone on to remarkable achievements on the national ASDA Kwik Cricket stage.
The Dale Primary School Girls team won the National Championship at Headingley and the boys’ team finished runners-up, from a competition originally entered by over 5,000 schools from across the UK.
The two teams had to win tournaments at city and county level in order to qualify for the Headingley Finals Day, in which they competed versus teams from Yorkshire, Durham, Norfolk and Cheshire.
Back in April, after receiving expert coaching as part of the Cricket Derbyshire Chance to Shine Programme, the pupils enjoyed a visit to the County Ground. They formed a match-day guard of honour for the players of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire and had the opportunity to meet first team players including Captain Wayne Madsen and star overseas batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has announced that all 18 First Class Counties and Scotland will offer free tickets to children attending Yorkshire Bank 40 games during August.
A total of 31 games will be available free of charge - including the two Derbyshire Falcons home fixtures on Thursday 15th August and Bank Holiday Monday 26th August - for any child with a paying adult, as part of a ground-breaking ECB initiative which aims to attract more youngsters to watch live cricket at their local county during the school holidays.
David Collier, ECB Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted to offer this unique opportunity to young cricket fans this summer as we look to take advantage of the increased interest cricket enjoys during an Ashes summer.
Durston scored 50 not out, off just 31 balls, as the Falcons posted 109-1 from their shortened innings of nine overs at Trent Bridge – with Chesney Hughes also on fire making 47 off 25 deliveries in a fine opening stand of 98 off 7.5 overs.
Peter Burgoyne then starred with exceptional figures of 1 for 13 from 2 overs as the Outlaws finished 16 runs short of Derbyshire’s imposing total, despite a remarkable 43 off just 15 balls from Michael Lumb.
Tim Groenewald took the crucial wickets of Alex Hales - clean bowled for a golden duck - and Samit Patel without scoring, while Alex Hughes took two wickets for four runs from his solitary over. Mark Turner took a trio of excellent catches, including a special pluck – diving full length – to gain the crucial wicket of Lumb at 44-3 after 3.2 overs, as Derbyshire defied the absence of Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Albie Morkel through injury to record an against the odds victory.
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