Seventh-wicket pair give Derbyshire CCC hope in Barbados t20 final
DERBYSHIRE were grateful to solid resistance late in their innings from Richard Johnson and Tony Palladino as they set Nottinghamshire a target at 114-6 in the final of the Barbados Cup at the Kensington Oval.
A determined 35 not out from the wicketkeeper, 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.
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 to carry the Falcons to a score they may just be able to defend, with runs harder to come by later in the day. Johnson faced 39 balls and hit four fours, while Palladino included a six in his 20-ball stay.