Lancashire Lighnting v Derbyshire Falcons at Old Trafford on 13th August: YB40: Group B
By John Brown
Since Derbyshire were no longer able to qualify for a semi-final place in this competition, they decided to give the opportunity for to several of their promising young players to show what they could do.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul was rested rather than risk aggravating a slight twinge. Plenty of mid-day rain cleared in time for a prompt start at 3.40pm and Wayne Madsen won the toss and chose to bat first.
It was soon clear that this was not a pitch on which runs could be scored easily, and Derbyshire were made to work hard by all the main Lancashire bowlers. As they tried to force the pace they lost wickets and, when they reached 92 for six after twenty-five overs, the position looked quite desperate. Four of these wickets had fallen to the spin of Arron Lilley at a personal cost of only thirty runs.
It was at this point that David Wainwright, recently recalled to the team, joined his captain and they stayed together for 12.3 overs. During this time they added an invaluable eighty runs, both of them playing with good sense and some flair. By the time they were separated at 172 for seven, they had both recorded career-best scores in this format of the game.
Madsen (5 fours, 1 six) had faced 92 balls before he was caught low down at square cover, while Wainwright made his runs at just better than a run a ball before he was caught at short fine-leg as he attempted a scoop-sweep over the infield.
Despite this rousing effort, Derbyshire’s final score of 190 was unlikely to challenge the hosts, but it did at least give the bowlers something to aim at. Lancashire, however, got off to the start they would have hoped for as the opening pair brought up their fifty in the eighth over before Moore was bowled in Wes Durston’s first over.
Prince joined Smith and they kept the score moving although the spin pairing of Durston and Tom Knight slowed the scoring considerably. Lancashire took their batting Powerplay unusually early, but Durston and Knight restricted them to only fifteen runs in those four overs – remarkably economical.
Madsen bowled a rare spell of his brand of off-spin, and he managed to secure the wicket of ex-Derbyshire captain, Simon Katich, but Lancashire continued to make steady progress and, as feared, their target was never enough for them to have to take unnecessary risks. They eventually won the match by six wickets with more than four overs to spare.
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Derbyshire 190 for 9 (40 overs) (WL Madsen 78, DJ Wainwright 40; AM Lilley 4 for 30, Kabir Ali 4 for 37)
Lancashire 196 for 4 (35.4 overs) (AG Prince 80*, SC Moore 34, TC Smith 26; WJ Durston 2 for 31)
Lancashire (2 points) beat Derbyshire by 6 wickets
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