Shiv outshines Morkel in FLT20 warm-up

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CHESTERFIELD, ENGLAND - Albie Morkel was outshone by Shivnarine Chanderpaul on his first outing in a Derbyshire shirt as the Falcons warmed up for this season’s Friends Life t20 with a 48-run victory against an Invitation XI at Chesterfield.

The South African all-rounder, whose last t20 game four weeks ago was the Indian Premier League final in front of 61,000 baying fans, made 24 with the bat and took 0-20 off three overs with the ball in front of a couple of hundred folk at Queen’s Park.

But it was West Indian Chanderpaul who was the mainstay of Derbyshire’s 184-6 as they batted first against a side made up of players from the Derbyshire leagues, hitting 74 off 46 balls with three sixes and eight fours before retiring out at the end of the 16th over.

With their first FLt20 match tomorrow, against Yorkshire at Headingley, this was a useful exercise for the Falcons, even though the fact that the Invitation XI batted in near-darkness meant they could not bowl who they wanted when they wanted and the conditions denied the opposition the chance to push for the target as close as they might have.

Derbyshire were put in to bat and were a wicket down in only four balls as Wes Durston was caught at slip by Martin Walters off Kevin Dean.

The wicket was slow and Chanderpaul struggled to get his timing right at first but Chesney Hughes found the boundary five times on his way to 36 off 24 balls before he was caught by wicketkeeper Cameron Bancroft standing up to Dean at 54-2 in the seventh over.

Chanderpaul really got going in the first – and only – over from Sandiacre slow left-armer Jono Clare with three successive sixes and brought up his half-century with a reverse sweep for four in the 12th over.

Wayne Madsen was caught at cover for 17 off Kyle Heyns to bring Morkel to the middle at 122-3 in the 13th over and though it would have been expecting too much for the all-rounder to be at his devastating best just yet, there were two thumping sixes and a four in his 18-ball stay before he was caught at long off at 171-5 in the 18th.

With dark clouds moving in from over the crooked spire as the Invitation XI began their innings, Morkel bowled the first over and it cost him only two runs but his second went for 10 plus four leg-byes as Bancroft and Walters looked to get their challenge off to a good start.

Jon Clare had Lullington Park’s Walters caught behind for six with his first ball to make it 27-1 in the fifth but new man James Smith gave the innings a real push as he moved quickly to 37 off 24 balls with five fours and a six before the Matlock man was bowled, stepping back to cut David Wainwright.

That was 79-2 in the 11th and two wickets in successive balls in Wainwright’s next over spelled the end of the threat to Derbyshire’s total. Bancroft was caught at long on for 37 off 34 balls with five fours and Peter Drysdale, the batsmen having crossed while the ball was in the air, skied a catch to midwicket for 10 to make it 96-4 in the 13th.

By then, the light was getting really gloomy but Derbyshire kept on the spinners and the game was able to be completed.

Dan Redfern got through three exceptionally tight overs for 1-8 to make his case for a regular spot in the bowling options and it was good to see Hughes able to bowl for the first time since the opening Championship match of the season as he recovers from a shoulder problem.

Though Eckington’s Heyns struck three fours in his 24 before he was stumped off the final ball, the win was comfortable enough for the Falcons and they move on to Headingley in better shape.

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Thu, 06/27/2013 - 01:54