Late push not enough as Derbyshire CCC lose Barbados t20 final
AN international quality Nottinghamshire batting line-up made short work of Derbyshire's target in the final of the Barbados Cup at the Kensington Oval.
The injury-depleted Falcons were grateful to solid resistance late in their innings from Richard Johnson and Tony Palladino as they set 114-6 but it proved to be not enough as the Outlaws won by seven wickets with 6.3 overs to spare.
England t20 specialists Alex Hales and Michael Lumb set up victory with an opening stand of 69 in eight overs.
Earlier, a determined 35 not out from Johnson, signed from Warwickshire in the winter, supported by 19 not out from Palladino, helped the Falcons recover from a shaky 57-6 after they won the toss and decided to bat first on a wicket that has got progressively slower all day.
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Derbyshire lost both openers in the first three overs as Billy Godleman was run out coming back for a second run to deep square leg and Chesney Hughes was bowled by Harry Gurney to make it 14-2.
But Ben Slater impressed again on his way to 16 with two fours until he became tied down by off-spinner Sam Wood, charged past the final ball of the eighth over and was stumped at 42-3.
Three more wickets in eight balls had the Falcons reeling. Ross Whiteley was bowled by Steven Mullaney for 16, then Tom Poynton was stumped and Peter Burgoyne lbw, both off Graeme White, to make it 57-6 in 11.4 overs.
But Johnson and Palladino were not finished as they added 57 in 8.2 overs. Johnson faced 39 balls and hit four fours, while Palladino included a six in his 20-ball stay.
The score was still going to take a lot of defending, though, and Derbyshire needed early successes but, instead, Hales (33) and Lumb (35) cut a deep early slice out of their target.
Even though they went in successive overs, Hales caught at midwicket off Burgoyne and Lumb at deep midwicket off Hughes, the Outlaws cruised to the trophy through James Taylor (32), Mullaney (eight not out) and Riki Wessels (five not out).