Derbyshire v Lancashire at Derby on 2nd July: FLt20 League: North Division
By John Brown
On another dull, damp evening, Derbyshire played their first home match of 2013 Friends Life competition. Fortunately the rain relented and the televised, floodlit match was able to start only five minutes later than the scheduled 7.10pm.
Wayne Madsen won an important toss and asked Lancashire to bat first. Tim Groenewald bowled an excellent three-over opening spell during which he took three top wickets in twelve balls before Simon Katich and Karl Brown steadied the visitors’ boat for a while.
Replays showed that Katich may have been lucky to survive a gloved catch at the wicket appeal from Mark Footitt’s first ball, and that he was probably unlucky to have been given lbw later; 48 for four after seven overs.
Brown and Tom Smith stayed together for nine overs to add 68 for the fifth wicket and Cross hit boldly to take Lancashire’s final score to 151 for eight. Groenewald finished with the fine figures of four for 21 from his four overs, and Albie Morkel had also been economical in conceding only thirteen runs from three overs.
The Sky television pundits were of the opinion that, in the conditions, Lancashire’s score was above par, and that it was probably more than Derbyshire would be able to chase. This opinion will have been strengthened after the first ball of Derbyshire’s reply when Hughes was caught at slip.
This brought in Shivnarine Chanderpaul and, after a brief reconnaissance (two runs from his first seven balls), he and Wes Durston brought up the fifty in less than six overs. Durston chopped on from the last ball of the Powerplay and this brought in Madsen. Together he and Chanderpaul consolidated so that, when the rain came after 12.3 overs, the score had advanced to 90 for three and Derbyshire were five runs ahead of the Duckworth/Lewis calculations.
Fortunately the rain relented after only ten minutes and the game was able to continue without further interruption. Madsen was out soon after the resumption and Derbyshire slipped behind the required run-rate. With five overs remaining they needed a further fifty-two runs to win. It was now that Chanderpaul decided that drastic measures were required; he took seventeen from the next over, and Morkel hit nine of the eleven runs coming from the seventeenth over.
Now 24 were needed from the last three overs, and the balance had tilted slightly in Derbyshire’s favour; only seven runs came from Kabir Ali’s next over before Mitch McClenaghan conceded nine from the nineteenth. McClenaghan had taken eight wickets in his previous two matches, but on this night he proved Lancashire’s most expensive bowler, and he remained wicketless.
Chanderpaul’s batting had been a mixture of outrageous inventiveness and sublime orthodoxy, his drive to the extra-cover boundary from the second ball of the final over being one of the shots of the day. This four virtually settled the match in Derbyshire’s favour, and Chanderpaul (70 balls with 7 fours and 2 sixes) clinched it with another firm drive to long-on. He was deservedly made Man of the Match.
It had been a remarkable victory, and it gave Derbyshire their third win in the competition with seven matches still to play. The first of these will be held at Derby on Fridaywhen our neighbouring rivals, Nottinghamshire, also unbeaten, will be visiting the County Ground. It is expected that there will be a rare sell-out at the ground for this fixture, and supporters are advised to buy their tickets in advance to ensure they are not disappointed.
Lancashire 151 for 8 (20 overs) (KR Brown 50, SM Katich 28, TC Smith 27, GD Cross 24*; TD Groenewald 4 for 21)
Derbyshire 154 for 3 (19.3 overs) (S Chanderpaul 87*, WL Madsen 23, WJ Durston 20)
Derbyshire (2 points) beat Lancashire by 7 wickets
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