Shiv's Derbys' winning FLT20 run ends
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COUNTY GROUND, ENGLAND - A night that promised so much ended in an anti-climax for Derbyshire as their unbeaten start in the Friends Life t20 came to a halt at the County Ground.
Two unbeaten teams, a perfect summer evening, a full house – all the signs pointed to a classic East Midlands showdown but it was a contest dominated by the powerful Nottinghamshire Outlaws.
They held Derbyshire to 115-9 after winning the toss and went on to win by six wickets with 15 balls to spare, taking over from the Falcons at the top of the North Group on net run-rate.
They too have now won three out of three and look very well equipped to go a long way in this year’s competition. Victory also maintained what has become a stranglehold on this fixture and means Notts have won their last eight FLt20 meetings with their rivals from down the A52.
This was a setback for the Falcons but no more than that. At 3-1, they are still nicely placed to push on for a place in the quarter-finals when they return to t20 at Old Trafford against Lancashire next Friday.
Derbyshire also wanted to field first had they won the toss and it quickly became clear that high scoring was not going to be easy on a docile pitch.
They did not help their own hopes of coming to terms with it by losing both openers in the first 2.1 overs.
Wes Durston pulled the opening boundary as New Zealander Ian Butler – for the first time but not the last – was sent sprawling in his delivery stride but the Falcons player lasted only three more balls before he was caught behind on the drive for six.
Chesney Hughes had been unable to get a single ball away in the opening over and could not find a clean contact to the first ball of the third over as he looped a gentle catch to cover and that was 9-2.
That left Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Wayne Madsen to spark a recovery and they took the score on to 45 in the eighth before Jake Ball had the West Indian caught behind for 13.
By that time, Madsen was looking Derbyshire’s best hope but there was a crucial blow dealt to the Falcons off the final delivery of the 10th over, when the skipper was run out at the non-striker’s end by a direct hit and smart piece of fielding from wicketkeeper Chris Read.
Madsen scored 36 off 28 balls, which included four fours. Derbyshire were to find the boundary only nine times all night.
The middle order fell away meekly. Dan Redfern got a fine edge to a Samit Patel ball and was caught behind, Tom Poynton was bowled by Jake Ball and Patel then just about finished off the Falcons by having Jon Clare caught at long off and bowling Albie Morkel in successive balls.
At 84-8 in the 16th, Derbyshire were in danger of not seeing out their full allocation but David Wainwright (15 not out) and Tim Groenewald (14) tacked on 24 in 22 balls before Groenewald was caught at deep square leg.
However, a target of 116 was barely likely to trouble such a strong batting line-up. With no pressure on to push along at anything other than a conservative pace, the Outlaws had the match in their grasp, as long as they went about their task sensibly.
The only hint of concern came when Wainwright took two wickets in successive balls in the sixth over, after Michael Lumb and Alex Hales put on 42 for the first wicket.
Hales was bowled for 10 and Riki Wessels lbw but Lumb and James Taylor set out without panic on a stand of 50 in nine overs, which ended in a running mix-up with Lumb one short of his half-century.
However, with six fours and the game’s only six, he had more or less done his job.
Wainwright took a third wicket for figures of 3-21 when Taylor was caught at slip for 34 and it was left to David Hussey (11 not out) and Samit Patel (eight not out) to complete the victory.