The tourists named a strong side with the likes of e Test bowler Mitchell Johnson, all-rounder Steven Smith and wicketkeeper Tom Payne included and it was the visitors that won the toss; electing to bat first.
Cowan and opening partner Michael Klinger then got off to a brisk start, progressing the score to 35 without loss from just seven overs before the latter was caught Usman Khawaja off the bowling of Mark Turner for 25.
Even the most ardent England supporter will have appreciated the manner in which South Africa bowled on Day Two to bring the visitors back into contention; such is the character of a side brimming with confidence and, quite rightly, regarded as one of the greatest cricket sides in the world.
Then it was the turn of the batsmen, and the way in which South Africa – specifically captain Graeme Smith, Hashim Amla and Jaques Kallis – put arguably the world’s most formidable bowling attack to the sword was equally impressive.
As a unit, South Africa are a well-oiled machine with the cohesiveness and camaraderie to match any.
Having reduced the visitors to 238-7 from their 40 overs, the Falcons looked in trouble early on before recoveing to victory with 13 balls to spare in the Chesterfield sunshine.
Earlier, the Falcons had won the toss and elected to bowl first and the visitors made a decent start in front of a packed Queen's Park; Phil Jaques and Andrew Gale moving the them to 52 without loss after 10 overs.
With sunshine and 23 degree temperatures forecast, Queen’s Park is the place to be for an afternoon in the sunshine as Derbyshire Falcons play Yorkshire Carnegie in the Clydesdale Bank 40 competition versus Yorkshire Carnegie with a 1.45pm start today (Sunday).
Chief Executive Simon Storey said: “The community of Chesterfield can be very proud of Queen’s Park. It provides the ideal setting for relaxing and watching cricket and a sunny day will bring out the very best in this picturesque and quintessentially English cricket ground.
“Supporters enjoying the sunshine, ice creams in hand and soaking up the atmosphere as they watch the game unfold is what cricket is all about. It promises to be a great day and – if the forecast is right – we would remind supporters to bring their hats and plenty of sun cream.”
Supporters can save up to £3 a ticket for this traditionally packed out fixture by purchasing in advance of the day of the game.
Derbyshire Falcons face Yorkshire Carnegie in a Clydesdale Bank 40 local derby at Chesterfield today (Sunday, 1.45pm start) – and Head Coach Karl Krikken says his side haven’t given up on qualification for the semi-final.
The Falcons sit four points behind Group C leaders Sussex Sharks with five games to go and Krikken’s men know they have it all to do if they are to qualify for the last four.
But the recent 35-run victory over the Unicorns kept Derbyshire’s hopes alive ahead of what promises to be a balmy afternoon in the Chesterfield sunshine.
"The now annual and traditional local derby versus Yorkshire is always a big occasion for us regardless of league position because the crowds flock from both sides of the border and it makes for a great atmosphere.
The decision came after the umpires inspected the field of play shortly after 11am.
There will be an inspection at 9am tomorrow to ascertain the chances of play tomorrow morning, with all developments relayed as they happen on the the official website and via the club's Twitter feed.
Despite no play on Day Two, Day One was an action-packed affair and highlights can be viewed here.
The decision comes after Derbyshire revealed to Park that he would not be offered a new contract at the end of the current campaign.
Park made 1000 First-Class runs in his first season at the County Ground, averaging 42.38, going onto represent Derbyshire 29 times.
Derbyshire's 400th First-Class match at Queen’s Park lived up to its billing with an action-packed opening day of Derbyshire’s top of the table clash against Yorkshire.
Having bowled the visitors out for 219 inside the first two sessions, Derbyshire then reached 135-7 at the close; a deficit of 84 runs with three wickets remaining.
With the visitors winning the toss and electing to bat first, the match got underway on time against a backdrop of clouds and patchy blue sky.
The context of the local derby fixture could not be more fascinating with both sides battling for promotion from Division Two as the business end of the season approaches.
Derbyshire have enjoyed an excellent first half to the campaign having established a 25-point lead over second-placed Yorkshire with seven matches to go.
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