Surrey v Derbyshire Falcons at The Kia Oval on 11th August: Yorkshire Bank 40 League: Group B
By John Brown
Derbyshire resumed their campaign in this competition, after a break of almost eight weeks, with a trip to London. Wayne Madsen won the toss and chose to have first use of a good batting pitch at the Oval. Vikram Solanki captained Surrey instead of Gareth Batty who was rested.
Chesney Hughes and Wes Durston started quickly with the latter being the early aggressor. Although only four runs came from the first two overs the fifty came up from fewer than another five overs. Durston was caught by the wicket-keeper from a skyer at the end of his nineteen-ball innings. Now Paul Borrington joined Hughes and this pair added 123 from the next eighteen overs. Hughes hit six fours and four sixes in his run-a-ball innings of eighty before he was caught at long-on.
Borrington batted busily, placing the ball well and running quickly between the wickets. He and Shivnarine Chanderpaul put on 45 in six more overs, but now wickets began to fall as Derbyshire pushed for an acceleration in the last ten overs.
They lost three wickets in one over, bowled by de Bruyn, as the score slipped from 258 for five to 262 for eight. Fortunately Tim Groenewald was seeing the ball well and he was able to club thirteen off the last four balls of the innings to take his own score to an unbeaten 27 from only thirteen balls and thus help Derbyshire to a formidable 294 for nine.
Surrey also started well but, when their second wicket fell at 69 from twelve overs, Derbyshire had reason to feel satisfied with their early progress although, if a straightforward skyer from Harinath had been held before he had reached twenty, their progress might well have been checked still further.
David Wainwright had taken both the wickets to fall in his first two overs, and he continued to bowl tidily. Once Durston had had Harinath caught on the mid-wicket boundary de Bruyn and Wilson came together and gradually increased the run-rate. Even so Surrey needed 102 from the last ten overs and it was at this point that they took the four-over Powerplay. Groenewald conceded only thirteen runs from his two overs and he took the wicket of de Bruyn (51 balls), but 33 came in the two overs at the other end.
Wilson and Burns scored at more than ten an over for the next six overs, and the game looked as good as over. Once again Groenewald bowled a good over, the thirty-eighth, in which he took a wicket and conceded only three runs. Now Surrey needed another eighteen from the last two overs, and Wilson and Jewell took twelve from the first of these.
One over left, to be bowled by the experienced Groenewald, six runs needed to win. From the first ball Wilson (62 balls) was caught at short fine-leg, three scrambled singles followed before a fine return from the cover boundary by Borrington ran out Jewell as he risked a second run. One ball left – two to win, one to tie and new batsman Linley on strike. All the fielders came up to try to prevent the single, Groenewald bowled a full straight ball and the batsman drove straight but just wide of the despairing dive of mid-on. The ball raced to the boundary and Surrey had won by three wickets from the very last ball available to them.
It had been a wonderful game of cricket in which almost 600 runs had been scored, and to finish on the losing end was desperately disappointing. It did, however, confirm the view that Derbyshire were playing with more confidence and self-belief than might have been the case earlier in the season. Everyone with Derbyshire’s interests at heart will hope that they can continue this form into their remaining championship matches.
Derbyshire have four more matches in the YB40, the next of them being at Old Trafford on Tuesday (3.40pm start) followed two days later with a game at Derby against Durham (4.40pm), when kids go FREE!!
Derbyshire 294 for 9 (40 overs) (CF Hughes 80, PM Borrington 72, WJ Durston 32, TD Groenewald 27*, S Chanderpaul 25, WL Madsen 20; Z de Bruyn 4 for 72, TE Linley 2 for 39)
Surrey 297 for 7 (40 overs) (GC Wilson 85, Z de Bruyn 60, A Harinath 52, JJ Roy 39, RJ Burns 29; TD Groenewald 3 for 53, DJ Wainwright 2 for 50)
Surrey (2 points) beat Derbyshire by 3 wickets
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