Hughes strokes 45 to help Derby win over Essex

Chesney Hughes, the teenaged left-hander from Anguilla, played a mature 45 to help set up Derbyshire's victory by 85 runs over Essex in the English County Cricket 40-over tournament. Opening the batting, the tall, strongly-built 19-year-old hit four boundaries and a six off 64 balls as Derbyshire posted a challenging 253-5 five off their 40 overs at Castle Park Cricket Ground.

Wes Durston top-scored with an unbeaten 72 from 62 balls to bolster the middle order after Hughes provided the ideal start at the top of the order. Off-spinner Jake Needham (3-36) and South African left-arm spinner Robin Peterson (3-38) then destroyed Essex’s innings to send them tumbling for 168 off 32.3 overs.

In another match, Gareth Breese, the former Jamaica and West Indies allrounder, also had a good performance. The off-spinner, who played a single Test match for the West Indies in India in 2002, took 2-26 for Durham as they beat Warwickshire by five wickets.

The 34-year-old accounted for top-scorer Varun Chopra for 70 which formed the foundation of the visitors’ challenging 243-8 off their 40 overs at Chester-le-Street. In reply, captain Phil Mustard stroked a superb 90 from 72 balls with 10 fours and two sixes to lead Durham to 244-5 and comfortable win.