Derbyshire's highest ever List A total against Surrey proved not enough as Gary Wilson’s brutal 85 helped the hosts claim a dramatic final-ball victory against the Falcons at the Kia Oval.
Tremendous knocks from Chesney Hughes (80) and Paul Borrington - who hit a career-best List A score of 72 - helped Karl Krikken’s side post a record-breaking 295-9 from their 40 overs.
But half-centuries from Zander de Bruyn (60), Arun Harinath (52) and Wilson set-up a tense final over, in which Tim Linley saw Surrey home off the final delivery to conclude a thrilling Yorkshire Bank 40 fixture.
After winning the toss, Derbyshire produced an excellent performance with the bat to hit their highest List A score against the London-based Club - and their 14th highest ever List A total. Wes Durston set the tone with a quick-fire 32 off just 19 balls, striking five fours and a six to help move the visitors onto 48-1 in the seventh over.
It was, however, the partnership between Chesney Hughes and Borrington that set Derbyshire on their way to an imposing total. The pair completed the highest ever second-wicket stand for Derbyshire versus Surrey, adding 123 runs inside 18 overs to move Wayne Madsen’s side onto 171-1 in the 25th over.
Chesney Hughes, despite struggling with a leg injury, produced an explosive innings hitting six fours and three huge sixes to top score with 80, while Borrington, who after a quiet start quickly found his feet, struck six fours and a six in his 72 off just 69 balls.
West Indies international Shivnarine Chanderpaul continued the momentum adding 25, but Derbyshire lost regular wickets to slow down the run rate in the final overs. However, some lusty blows from Tim Groenewald (27 not out) helped the visitors post their 14th highest ever List A score, ending their 40 overs on 294-9.
Surrey made a solid start in pursuit of their 295-run victory target. Jason Roy led the way with 39 off 37 balls, but two wickets in as many overs from David Wainwright pegged the hosts back. The off-spinner first removed Roy, before claiming the big wicket of Vikram Solanki (3) to leave Surrey on 69-2.
Harinath added 52 off 54 balls, but he was dismissed soon after completing his half-century, well caught by Peter Burgoyne off Durston on the deep mid-wicket boundary to reduce Surrey to 129-3.
However, three excellent innings from de Bruyn (60), Wilson and Rory Burns (29) helped set up a tense finish. Wilson produced an outstanding innings in the circumstances, smashing six fours and four sixes to top score with 85 off 62 balls to move his side within six runs of victory with five balls remaining.
It was left to Tom Jewell (13) to see Surrey home, but he was superbly ran out by Borrington off the penultimate ball of the match, leaving the hosts needing two runs to win off the last delivery. But unfortunately for Derbyshire, Tim Linley hit the final ball for four to hand Surrey victory in a dramatic Yorkshire Bank 40 game.
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