By John Brown
On a day when the forecast for the evening was not good this match was able to start on time in front of the Sky television cameras.
Kent won the toss and chose to field first – after five overs Derbyshire had advanced to 22 for no wicket, but then wickets began to fall to some tidy bowling.
The first three batsmen all fell for eleven apiece, with two wickets going to Stevens for only three runs.
Almost immediately after the fourth wicket had fallen the umpires took the players off for rain: the score now was a disappointing 46 for four from thirteen overs.
Three times the rain stopped and a new start time was announced, but three times the rain came again.
Eventually the umpires decided that play could restart at 9.20pm with both teams having a total of fourteen overs batting. This meant that Derbyshire had one more over before their innings would be closed.
Dan Redfern sacrificed his wicket going for an improbable second run, whereupon Jon Clare hit a six and a four from his first two balls, and the innings ended with the score on 62 for five.
So Kent had a Duckworth/Lewis target of 67 to chase in their fourteen overs, six of them Powerplay overs.
This was a comparatively easy target which demonstrates the unsatisfactory nature of the D/L method when play is reduced to a small number of overs after the team batting first has lost early wickets.
In almost every case the team which wins the toss (and fields first) will win the match. Not surprisingly Kent reached their target with few concerns and finished the match with nineteen balls to spare.
Derbyshire’s next match in this competition will be on Wednesday 8th August, another floodlit match at Derby against Sussex (4.40pm start).
Derbyshire 62 for 5 (14 overs) (JL Clare 11*; DI Stevens 2 for 3)
Kent 68 for 1 (10.5 overs) (SW Billings 28*, SA Northeast 22*)
Kent (2 points) beat Derbyshire 9 wickets (D/L method)
By John Brown
Derbyshire were pleased to welcome Australia A squad at the start of their short tour of England during which they will play to matches against England Lions. On the hottest day of the year so far, Australia won the toss and chose to bat first on a pitch which proved to be good for batting throughout.
Their captain, Ed Cowan, made an accomplished hundred from 113 balls, while Forrest, Bailey and Burns all hit fifties in good time so that the tourists were able to declare eleven overs after tea on the first day and give Derbyshire sixteen overs batting before the close David Wainwright bowled twenty-eight overs of left-arm spin and took three of the four wickets to fall.
Derbyshire lost Matt Lineker four overs before the end of the day, and his place was taken by Tony Palladino who helped Wayne Madsen to see their team to 57 for one at the close.
This pair survived almost an hour on the second morning before, rather surprisingly, it was Madsen who fell first as he tried to hit off-spinner Lyon over the in-field. Usman Khawaja joined Palladino to face his compatriots: at this point Palladino started to play his shots, being especially strong through the covers. He reached his fifty, only the fourth of his first-class career from eighty balls, and outscored his senior partner by some margin.
This pair added 103 for the third wicket, and Khawaja’s share had been a mere 28, but more important than this was the fact that Palladino reached his maiden first-class hundred from 113 balls (with sixteen fours): there was much joy and celebration in the Derbyshire ranks at the success of this most popular of night-watchmen. In addition he was only three runs short of scoring a hundred runs before lunch.
After Palladino was bowled, Khawaja and Wes Durston had added 72 for the fourth wicket at about a run a minute before Derbyshire declared, thus giving Australia a first innings lead of 93.
Australia had forty overs to bat before the end of the day, but they fared less well than they would have hoped against the Derbyshire bowlers. Mark Footitt started their difficulties by dismissing both openers in his opening seven-over spell. Wainwright took two more wickets, while Mark Turner and Dan Redfern, having a rare bowl while Durston protected a bruised thumb, took one each.
At 141 for six overnight Australia had to bat with caution to ensure that they gave themselves a position from which they could declare. Cowan and Starc added 73 in sixteen overs and the declaration came soon after Starc was out, well caught on the boundary by Redfern off Wainwright.
Thus Derbyshire were set 315 to win from 73 overs, but they suffered an early setback when Madsen was caught in the slips off Mitchell Johnson. Lineker and Khawaja batted sensibly in adding 92 before Lineker misjudged a drive to give a low return catch to Lyon. Redfern looked in good touch as he reached his fifty from 54 balls to follow Khawaja who had already passed that milestone in seventy-six balls.
When Durston came to the wicket there were only eighteen overs remaining, and still 119 runs needed to win, but Derbyshire had not given up the chase and kept playing their shots. As it happened wickets fell rather too quickly and, when Durston played one shot too many – 256 for eight – with seven overs remaining, Derbyshire took the sensible option and decided to play out time.
Turner was caught at short mid-wicket off only his second ball, so it was left to Chris Durham and Footitt to play out the last six overs. Despite close-set fields and aggressive bowling, they managed to survive the tense situation, so the match ended in a draw, probably a fair result to a good game of cricket in which Derbyshire probably emerged with the most credit.
Australia A 362 for 4 dec (72 overs) (EJH Cowans 109, GJ Bailey 81, JA Burns 74*, PJ Forrest 52, M Klinger 25; DJ Wainwright 3 for 133) and 221 for 7 dec (55 overs) (SPD Smith 78, MA Starc 36, EDJ Cowan 32*, MG Johnson 21; DJ Wainwright 3 for 29, MHA Footitt 2 for 52)
Derbyshire 269 for 3 (66 overs) (AP Palladino 106, UT Khawaja 56*, WJ Durston 37*, WL Madsen 34, MS Lineker 22) and 270 for 9 (73 overs) (UT Khawaja 66, DJ Redfern 56, WJ Durston 40, MS Lineker 34; NM Lyon 4 for 115, MG Johnson 3 for 47)
After three disappointing days when there could be no play, a warm sun-filled day was especially welcome to bring the Chesterfield week to a more appropriate close.
Wayne Madsen won the toss and invited Yorkshire to bat first in this mid-table one-day encounter. Although wickets did not come easily, Derbyshire’s first four bowlers kept the flow of runs within check for the first seventeen overs. Tim Groenewald, Jon Clare and Wes Durston were especially economical in this early part of the innings.
Jaques was the first to fall – to a splendid falling catch by Durston at mid-wicket, and it was he who took the next two wickets having Root stumped and captain Gale hit wicket as his foot dislodged a bail as he set off for a run.
Bairstow and Ballance added 37 in eight overs before Mark Turner uprooted Bairstow’s off-stump. This brought in Pyrah, who, together with Ballance, helped add a further 56 in seven overs.
Derbyshire had had every reason to feel pleased with themselves when Yorkshire’s score had reached only 163 off 34 overs: it was at this point that Yorkshire took their four-over batting Powerplay and they hit 49 runs in this time for the loss of Ballance.
Pyrah hit the first three balls of the thirty-ninth over from Clare for sixes, and Yorkshire were able to finish on 238 from their forty overs.
Derbyshire suffered an almost immediate setback when Usman Khawaja fell to his first ball from Wardlaw, but, with the help of a few Wides and No balls, Chesney Hughes, Durston and Madsen moved the score along at more than seven runs an over.
Derbyshire reached their fifty in seven overs, but by the end of the first eight-over Powerplay they had already lost four wickets in scoring 56 runs.
Madsen and on-loan wicket-keeper, Richard Johnson, set about rebuilding the innings with some success as they added 67 in twelve overs. When Madsen was caught and bowled in the twentieth over, Derbyshire were certainly up with the required run-rate, but they seemed to have run out of established batsmen.
Clare hit a six in a brief innings, but his dismissal brought in the inexperienced Alex Hughes. Derbyshire still needed 98 to win and most people on the ground, the Yorkshire team included, expected an early capitulation. It was not to be, however – Johnson continued to bat sensibly and Hughes was the perfect foil, seemingly nerveless and always in control of the situation. This pair added a thoroughly creditable 80 in just under twelve overs with Johnson having reached his fifty from only 54 balls.
Yorkshire were clearly rattled by the time Johnson hit a catch straight to extra-cover from the last ball of the thirty-fifth over. He had played a wonderful innings of 79 from only 74 balls with six fours and two sixes.
Now Derbyshire needed only eighteen runs from the last five overs, and it was reassuring to see ex-Yorkshireman, David Wainwright, coming to the wicket to help see his team home.
There were still some anxious moments for Derbyshire supporters, however, when Hughes was dropped at mid-wicket as the ball came out of the sun and, shortly afterwards, when he was given run out from a direct hit from the boundary as he went for a third run, only for the fielder to admit that he had been unable to prevent the ball reaching the boundary before he had returned it.
Now Derbyshire needed five runs from three overs and, fittingly, it was Alex Hughes who hit the winning boundary through the covers. It had been a marvellous game of cricket, made all the better for Derbyshire supporters by the fact that they had beaten their much stronger (on paper) neighbours and rivals.
Derbyshire’s next match in this competition will be at the County ground against Kent on Tuesday 31st July.
Yorkshire 238 for 7 (40 overs) (AW Gale 51, GS Balance 47, RM Pyrah 44, JE Root 33, PA Jaques 25, JM Bairstow 25; WJ Durston 2 for 32, TD Groenewald 2 for 39, JL Clare 2 for 51)
Derbyshire 239 for 7 (37.4 overs) (RM Johnson 79, WL Madsen 40, AL Hughes 37*, CF Hughes 20; I Wardlaw 3 for 60, A Rashid 2 for 36, MA Starc 2 for 46)
Derbyshire (2 points) beat Yorkshire by 3 wickets
By John Brown
Derbyshire v Yorkshire at Chesterfield on 18 to 21 July: LV=County Championship: Division 2
Derbyshire’s eagerly-awaited championship match with close promotion rivals, Yorkshire, seemed threatened by a poor weather forecast.
Most surprisingly there was virtually a full day’s play on the first day with only one over being lost to the weather. Yorkshire won the toss and chose to bat first on a pitch which proved to be slow with occasional variable bounce.
Tim Groenewald bowled a challenging opening spell during which he took the wickets of both openers. Before Jaques and Bairstow, the latter rested from the England Test team, started to build what seemed a comfortable position for the visitors, but Tony Palladino produced a beauty to bowl Bairstow after this pair had added 51 for the third wicket.
Now Ballance joined his captain, Jaques, and they added a further 81 for the fourth wicket. It was at this point, with Yorkshire on 175 for three, that Mark Turner had a golden spell during which he took three wickets in twelve balls.
Wes Durston had bowled a fine spell of controlled off-spin and he also took two wickets so Yorkshire had lost five wickets for only ten runs. The score now was 185 for eight and, if Patterson had been caught at slip before he had scored, and Steve Harmison, on loan from Durham, had not been dropped from a skyer to mid-wicket, Yorkshire would have been dismissed for less than 200.
As it was they were all out for 219, a much healthier position for Derbyshire than had once seemed likely. The wickets had been shared by three bowlers, Groenewald, Turner and Durston with three apiece.
Derbyshire started promisingly, with Matt Lineker, playing his first first-team game of the season, looking especially fluent through the covers. They were helped on their way by some wayward bowling from Harmison whose first three overs went for 27.
Derbyshire had reached 70 for the loss of only one wicket, but they spoilt a strong position with a series of ill-judged shots.
Quite quickly 70 for one became 105 for seven with three wickets being gifted to the still wayward Harmison in his second spell.
It was left to Richard Johnson, Derbyshire’s stand-in wicket-keeper, on loan from Warwickshire, and Palladino, who struck four fours in one Harmison over to bring Derbyshire a little nearer respectability before the close which came with the score on 135 for seven, still 84 adrift.
Rain fell overnight, making an already soft outfield too wet for any cricket on the second day, and the umpires made an early inspection on the third morning and soon decided that there could be no play on this day either.
After early mist on the fourth morning the sun shone warmly on the ground and the few hundred spectators who were hoping to see some cricket, but once again the umpires decided that there were too many unsafe areas in the outfield and called the game off without any play for three successive days.
So the match was abandoned with each county having gained six points, very frustrating since cricket was being played elsewhere around the country and potential rivals were taking the opportunity to earn more points than the two counties involved in this match.
Yorkshire 219 (56.1 overs) (PA Jaques 61, GS Balance 46, JM Bairstow 27; WJ Durston 3 for 23, TD Groenewald 3 for 38, ML Turner 3 for 53)
Derbyshire 135 for 7 (38 overs) (MS Lineker 33, AP Palladino 21*; SJ Harmison 3 for 49, MA Ashraf 2 for 13)
Match Abandoned as a Draw - Derbyshire (6 points) Yorkshire (6)
By John Brown
Derbyshire started their Chesterfield week by playing host to the Unicorns team in the first of their return matches in this competition.
Richard Johnson, on short-term loan from Warwickshire, made his Derbyshire debut as wicket-keeper in place of the injured Tom Poynton.
The visitors won the toss and asked Derbyshire to bat first, whereupon Usman Khawaja and Chesney Hughes set about building a large opening partnership.
They stayed together until the twenty-sixth over when Hughes (74 balls) skyed a catch to extra cover with the score on 138.
Wes Durston stayed with Khawaja while another 66 runs were added at which point Khawaja, who had reached his first one-day hundred for Derbyshire from 102 balls (10 fours and two sixes), was bowled attempting a reverse sweep.
Thereafter only Durston made any headway while during the last five overs Derbyshire lost seven wickets while scoring thirty-four runs.
The Unicorns set off at a good pace in chasing their target of 236 with Wadlan hitting five fours in the first seven overs.
Jon Clare and Durston slowed the scoring rate with some accurate bowling, but, with their score on 100 for two just past the halfway stage, the Unicorns looked to have laid the foundations ready for an acceleration.
It was in this over, however, that they lost two wickets and had Craig Park, brother of Garry, been caught at the wicket from his first ball, Derbyshire would have been well on top.
As it happened Park helped Reece to add 45 in nine overs, so the Unicorns needed nine runs an over from their last ten overs.
Try as they would, this proved beyond them, and wickets fell regularly until they were bowled out for exactly 200. So Derbyshire had won by 35 runs with seven balls remaining.
This result leaves Derbyshire mid-table in their group, although Yorkshire, their opponents next Sunday, are only one point behind with two games in hand.
Derbyshire 235 for 7 (40 overs) (UT Khawaja 104, CF Hughes 66, WJ Durston 44; SP Cheetham 2 for 40, LC Beaven 2 for 46, G Querl 2 for 55)
Unicorns 200 (40 overs) (LM Reece 59, TJ New 31, BL Wadlan 29; ML Turner 4 for 54, WJ Durston 2 for 30)
Derbyshire (2 points) beat Unicorns (0) by 35 runs
By John Brown
Derbyshire resumed their Clydesdale Bank 40 campaign with a visit to Northampton where Wayne Madsen won the toss and chose to field first.
Mark Turner took two wickets in his opening four overs and, if Wakely had been caught off Turner’s bowling when he had scored only two, Northamptonshire would have been in deep trouble.
As it was Wakely survived this difficult chance at the wicket and he and Sales went on to add an imposing 152 for the third wicket.
Northamptonshire took their batting Powerplay in the thirty-fifth over and immediately Turner took two more wickets. Groenewald also took two wickets in his two-over spell so the home side had lost four wickets for 24 in their Powerplay.
Two run outs followed in the last two overs of the innings, so Derbyshire had every reason to feel pleased with the way their spell in the field had finished. In six overs six wickets had fallen while only 32 runs were scored.
When Derbyshire started their innings in pursuit of 221 runs to win, Chesney Hughes hit three fours in the first four overs, but a black cloud could be seen approaching the ground and, after only 6.1 overs, the rain began to fall.
It was so heavy that it soon became clear that there could be no further play on this day. The umpires abandoned the match at 7.30pm, just thirty minutes after the rain had started.
So, since the minimum ten overs which needed to be bowled in order to constitute a match were not completed, both sides took one point.
Derbyshire’s next match is on Sunday at Chesterfield when the visitors will be The Unicorns – 1.45pm start.
Northamptonshire 220 for 8 (40 overs) (AG Wakley 85, DJG Sales 74, DJ Willey 21; ML Turner 4 for 38, TD Groenewald 2 for 42)
Derbyshire 19 for 1 (6.1 overs) (CF Hughes 16)
Match Abandoned - Derbyshire (1 point), Northamptonshire (1)
By John Brown
Derbyshire travelled to Headingley for the last match of their t20 campaign.
Wayne Madsen won the toss and chose to field first, but Yorkshire took advantage of some wayward early bowling and the opening pair of Lyth and Jaques added 131 in fifteen overs before the first wicket fell.
Of the seven bowlers used, only Wes Durston conceded fewer than five runs an over, so Yorkshire were able to set a challenging total of 180 from their twenty overs.
Derbyshire lost both their openers in the first four overs, and they were always struggling to match the required run-rate thereafter.
Chesney Hughes and Madsen added 55 in less than seven overs and when Madsen was out at exactly the halfway stage, Derbyshire still needed another 107 from the last ten overs.
Jon Clare hit a brisk fourteen while Garry Park played in his usual busy manner, but it was an innings of powerful hitting from Rana Naved-ul-Hasan which temporarily gave the Yorkshire side some anxiety.
He hit three straight sixes in three balls from Pyrah and finished that sixteenth over with three twos. Twelve runs came from the seventeenth over, so Derbyshire now needed a “mere” thirty-two from the last three overs.
Lyth took a good catch in the deep to dismiss Park, however, and the eighth wicket fell in the same over. Although Naved (22 balls) hit strongly in his only innings of any substance for his team, he was unable to find the boundary again and Derbyshire fell twenty-two runs short of their target.
This result meant that Derbyshire had finished fifth in the Northern group of six counties, while Yorkshire had qualified for a home draw in the quarter-finals.
Yorkshire 180 for 5 (20 overs) (A Lyth 78, PA Jaques 64; R Naved 2 for 38)
Derbyshire 159 for 9 (20 overs) (R Naved 40*, CF Hughes 30, GT Park 25, WL Madsen 21; MA Ashraf 3 for 24, MA Starc 2 for 27)
Yorkshire (2 points) beat Derbyshire (0) by 21 runs
Derbyshire travelled to Old Trafford for the return match against the only team they had defeated in this competition so far in 2012.
Wayne Madsen won the toss and chose to field first. Moore was stumped by Tom Poynton off Wes Durston in the first over of the innings, but Smith and Croft then added 54 in 8.3 overs for the second wicket.
Rana Naved-ul-Hasan and Tom Knight slowed the scoring rate and the eight wickets to fall were shared amongst four bowlers. The pitch seemed to be slow and unhelpful for stroke play: Lancashire reached the boundary on only six occasions, the last of them being the fifth over, and they were only able to reach the modest score of 122 in their twenty overs.
Derbyshire knew that they would have to bat well if they were to reach what was likely to be a trickier target than the numbers would suggest. Their openers, Durston and Usman Khawaja, played the first 2.3 overs carefully to score ten runs and then Durston used his feet to hit the three remaining balls of the over from Croft for straight sixes. While Khawaja played steadily, Durston kept playing shots and he made his fifty off only 24 balls with five fours and three sixes.
Durston’s fifty arrived during the six-over Powerplay and it seemed unlikely that Derbyshire would fail to win. Parry and Keedy both bowled very well and runs became much more difficult to come by. When Durston was stumped and Khawaja bowled in the tenth over from Keedy, Derbyshire needed 46 runs in ten overs with eight wickets in hand.
It should have been straightforward, but there seemed to be some anxiety and nerves about and five more wickets fell before Naved came in to play the only ball he faced through the covers for four. Chesney Hughes had kept his head and made sure that the possible disaster was avoided.
Thus Derbyshire won by three wickets with seven balls remaining: there was no doubt that Durston would be named the Man of the Match for his outstanding 56 to follow his two wickets at a cost of only four runs an over.
This win lifted Derbyshire back above Leicestershire again, and left their supporters thinking, “If only…”. Two more wins would have seen them challenging for a place in Finals day, and the players all know that they should have won both their matches against Leicestershire.
Lancashire 122 for 8 (SJ Croft 48, PJ Horton 27*; R Naved-ul-Hasan 3 for 20, WJ Durston 2 for 16, TD Groenewald 2 for 25)
Derbyshire 124 for 7 (18.5 overs) (WJ Durston 56, CJ Hughes 24*; G Keedy 2 for 20, G Chapple 2 for 32)
Derbyshire (2 points) beat Lancashire (0) by 3 wickets
Derbyshire hosted their near-neighbours Leicestershire in a match which started at the unusually late time of 7.30pm since the Olympic torch was being carried through the city streets.
Wayne Madsen won the toss and chose to bat first with a team which showed three changes from that which had played against Durham two days earlier.
Despite the loss of Usman Khawaja in the third over, Derbyshire batted much better than they had in most of the earlier games in this competition.
Wes Durston played the anchor role while Chesney Hughes (31 balls), Madsen (19 balls) and then GarryPark (10 balls) played strokes with some success.
There were partnerships of 70 (54 balls), 54 (33 balls) and a final flurry saw 30 come from the last seventeen balls. Durston’s fifty, made from 48 balls, was the first such landmark for Derbyshire in this season’s t20 matches.
Derbyshire started with high hopes of being able to defend a total of 171, but Razzaq and Cobb played with aggressive freedom – when Razzaq was caught at cover this pair had put on 66 for the first wicket in less than six overs. Leicestershire were definitely on top at this stage, and it took a series of excellent overs by Rana Naved-ul-Hasan and Alex Hughes to bring Derbyshire back into the game.
Naved gave away only five runs in his first two overs, by far the most impressive spell of bowling he had produced in his short time with the county, while Hughes conceded a mere twelve from his three-over spell.
Leicestershire needed 54 runs from the last five overs, and when Park and Naved bowled the seventeenth and eighteenth overs for only eight runs (and two wickets) the match seemed as good as won by Derbyshire.
The visitors still needed thirty-five runs but the nineteenth over went for a crucial twenty-three runs, including a Wide ball which went to the boundary.
When Naved started the last over eleven runs were needed and only four came from the first three balls. White flicked the fourth ball at catchable height to fine-leg just inside the fielding circle, but the fielder seemed to lose the ball and three runs ensued. Now five were needed – the batsmen ran a bye to the wicket-keeper and White snicked the last ball to the third man boundary for what had seemed an unlikely win.
It had been an exciting game of cricket, although it was most frustrating for the team and for their supporters that all the good work had been undone right at the end.
Derbyshire travel to Old Trafford on Sunday (2.30pm) for their next match and they will be at home to Nottinghamshire next Friday evening (7pm start).
Derbyshire 171 for 3 (20 overs) (WJ Durston 55*, CF Hughes 48, WL Madsen 33, GT Park 20*)
Leicestershire 173 for 6 (20 overs) (JJ Cobb 42, A Razzaq 28, MAG Boyce 25, RR Sarwan 22)
Leicestershire (2 points) beat Derbyshire (0) by 4 wickets
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