Despite a fluent innings from Paul Borrington, rain ended any chances of Derbyshire reaching their revised target at the Durham Emirates ICG - as Durham claimed a 43-run Duckworth Lewis victory.
Mark Footitt - who claimed career-best figures of 5-28 yesterday against Scotland – picked up three wickets to restrict the hosts, but an excellent 79 from Paul Collingwood guided Durham to 273-6 from their 40 overs.
Borrington top scored with a career-best 32, but Derbyshire were well behind the required rate when persistent rain forced an early closure.
Wayne Madsen finally won his first toss of the season at the seventh attempt, as the visitors elected to bowl first at Durham Emirates ICG – and the Falcons got the perfect start courtesy of the in-form Mark Footitt.
The left-arm paceman removed Mark Stoneman in his opening over as he lobbed an easy change to Billy Godleman in the deep. And Mark Turner clean bowled the dangerous Mustard soon after for 15 to reduce Durham to 40-2 after six overs.
New batsman Paul Collingwood wasted no time in finding his feet, hitting Alex Hughes over his head for six in his opening over, and together with Borthwick the pair put on 56 runs for the third wicket.
But Peter Burgoyne finally broke the flourishing partnership in somewhat fortunate circumstances, as Borthwick’s attempted sweep went off his knee and into the hands of Richard Johnson with Durham on 96-3 after 17 overs.
Burgoyne and David Wainwright did a good job in the middle overs to reduce the hosts, before Footitt returned to break the 70-run stand as Ben Stokes was caught by Burgoyne at mid-off for 40.
Collingwood, however, continued his excellent innings, building another healthy partnership this time with Gordon Muchall, before Footitt once again ended the stand worth 52 runs as Collingwood was trapped lbw for 79 from just 83 balls, moving the hosts onto 221-5.
But the hosts’ run rate continued to rise in the final overs and despite a run out in the final over, an unbeaten 57 from Gordon Muchall helped Durham end their 40 overs on 273-6.
A brief shower meant Derbyshire were set a revised target of 270 from 39 overs, and the reply got off to a bad start as the visitors lost Chesney Hughes for eight in the first over. And Derbyshire lost their second wicket shortly after, as Shivnarine Chanderpaul found a fine edge through to keeper Mustard off Graham Onions for 11 as the visitors were reduced to 37-2 after eight overs.
Paul Borrington and Madsen shared a 30-run stand over the next six overs, but Borrington fell for a career-best 32 to Onions who claimed his third wicket, ending with magnificent figures of 3 for 27.
With Derbyshire 43 runs behind the Duckworth Lewis par score, the rain returned and no further play was possible at the Durham Emirates ICG.
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Derbyshire Falcons face Surrey in a Yorkshire Bank 40 fixture on Wednesday - and the Club has launched a special price half term ticket to maximise value for families.
Karl Krikken’s young Derbyshire outfit face a Surrey side likely to feature England internationals Steven Davies, Vikram Solanki, Gareth Batty, Jon Lewis, Chris Tremlett and Jade Dernbach with a 4.40pm start at the County Ground.
One adult and two juniors can attend for just £15 while the price for two adults and two juniors is £20, if tickets are purchased in advance.
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