Tuesday 27 May 2008 

Derbyshire Hoping For Helping Hand From Lancashire

Derbyshire go into their final Friends Provident Trophy group match against Scotland tomorrow still very much in the hunt for a quarter-final place – but in need of a favour from Lancashire.

The Phantoms must win their match against the Saltires – which begins at 12pm at Citylets Titwood, Glasgow – then hope that the Lightning do likewise against Yorkshire Carnegie.

Lancashire have no shortage of incentive to beat the Carnegie as – not only are there those all important cross-Pennine bragging rights to play for – Mike Watkinson’s men can progress to the last eight themselves with a win if Derbyshire are turned over by the Saltires.

The Scots are rooted to the bottom of the group with just one victory from their seven matches so far. However, they proved what a dangerous opponent they can be three weeks ago when they pulled-off a spectacular last ball victory over Lancashire at Old Trafford.

Derbyshire can take heart from their six-wicket victory over the Saltires earlier in the competition and the fact that they walloped tomorrow’s opponents with more than half their overs to spare on their last trip north of the border.

Derbyshire’s chances of a home quarter-final were dashed by yesterday’s defeat against Durham whose qualification in now secured. However, should results go the Phantoms’ way tomorrow, supporters can look forward to an exciting away trip on Wednesday 4th June when all four last eight fixtures will be played.

© Derbyshire CCC