Hughes runs hot again at Lord's but Derbyshire lose

Chesney Hughes continued his impressive form with a half-century for Derbyshire but his side still went under to Middlesex in the English County 40-Over competition at Lord's on Saturday. The left-handed opener batted with great freedom to hit 64 from 59 balls but Derbyshire suffered a seven-wicket, their eighth defeat in 12 games.

Sent in to bat, Derbyshire managed just 195-9 off their 40 overs, with Hughes stroking six fours and one six. He pulled the innings around after Derbyshire slipped 32-3 in the seventh over before Hughes added a crucial 82 for the fourth wicket with Wayne Madsen, who made 39 in an hour-and-a-half and with only one boundary, to revive the innings.

Hughes, the well-built 19-year-old from the island of Anguilla batted with poise and power beyond his years to hit six fours and a six, pulled into the Mound Stand of Tim Murtagh, during his entertaining stay. The departure of Hughes, who drove straight to mid-on against left-arm spinner Tom Smith, sparked a secondary collapse with Smith to the forefront with 3-26 from his eight overs.

Hughes has been enjoying an outstanding season. In the four-day tournament he has amassed 754 runs in 11 matches at an average of 44.35 with two centuries and four half-centuries. In the 40-over competition he has managed 422 runs in 12 trips to the crease with five half-centuries.

Elsewhere on the circuit, At Chester-le-Street, former Jamaica captain and West Indies allrounder Gareth Breese took 2-13 with his off-spin but Durham went down to Kent by 31 runs in a low-scoring encounter.
Kent were dismissed for 144 all out off 39.1 overs but Durham could only muster 113 all out in reply, with Breese making 13.