Derbyshire CCC battle to the end but fall short against Warwickshire in Barbados t20
DERBYSHIRE could not put up a big enough total to trouble Warwickshire in their opening match of the Barbados t20 tournament.
Put in to bat first after losing the toss, they made 128-9 against a solid Bears attack at the 3Ws Oval, with no batsman truly giving the innings any real momentum. Warwickshire lost a rush of wickets midway through their reply and the Falcons battled to stay in with a chance of victory but the Bears won by four wickets at 129-6 with six balls to spare.
There was trouble from the start for Derbyshire when Wes Durston pushed at the second ball of the match, from Keith Barker, and was caught behind without a run on the scoreboard.
Missing Wayne Madsen, Dan Redfern, Jon Clare, David Wainwright and Tom Knight through various niggles, there were not many options for the Falcons and they were soon in deeper trouble.
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Chesney Hughes top-edged a pull at Chris Wright and lobbed a simple catch to midwicket for nine at 22-2 but Billy Godleman and Ross Whiteley promised better until both went in successive overs.
Godleman was run out coming back for a second after sweeping spinner Paul Best to long leg for 19 and then Whiteley misjudged the flight from Ateeq Javid and lost his off stump for 23, including two sixes, to make it 57-4 in the 10th.
Richard Johnson briefly looked bright for his seven before he was lbw to Best, Tom Poynton was stumped down the leg side off Laurie Evans for two and Paul Borrington was lbw to Oliver Hannon-Dalby for 24 at 97-7 in the 17th.
Though he hardly plays t20 for Derbyshire under normal circumstances, Borrington finished the top scorer.
In the attempt for a final push in the last over, Peter Burgoyne was caught at deep midwicket for 14 and Tim Groenewald at long off for 11.
Footitt faced only one ball, the last, but hit it for six over long on. However, it still appeared the Falcons score would not be enough.
Warwickshire came at them hard from the start with the bat but Godleman gave Derbyshire a boost in the fourth over with an outstanding catch over his head at deep midwicket to dismiss Varun Chopra for 16 at 24-1.
Darren Maddy continued the assault alongside skipper Jim Troughton and Warwickshire appeared to be cruising until the spinners restored some hope for Derbyshire.
There were three stumpings for Tom Poynton, as Maddy (22) and Rikki Clarke (10) fell to Durston and then Ambrose (0) to Hughes to make it 75-4 in the 10th. When Evans hit out to Groenewald at long off for three, Durston (3-25) had a third wicket and the Bears were 78-5 in the 11th.
But there was still no cause for panic in the Warwickshire ranks, even though the sturdy Troughton was lbw to Hughes (2-24) off the first ball of the 15th over for 42 to make it 102-6. Footitt and Turner were tight at the death but Javid (15 not out) and Best (13 not out) saw their side through, if much less comfortably than the task once seemed.