Vitality Blast T20 May 28th: Derbyshire beat Leicestershire by 70 runs
Derbyshire Falcons picked up their first win of the Vitality Blast campaign as Leicestershire Foxes crashed to a second heavy defeat.
Leicestershire vs Derbyshire, North Group, Vitality Blast
Leicestershire 89/10 (15.3 ov)
Derbyshire 159/5 (20 ov)
Result - Derbyshire won by 70 runs
Pakistan opener Shan Masood made 53, sharing what proved to be the key partnership of the innings with Leus du Plooy, who hit an unbeaten 38 as the Falcons posted 159 from their 20 overs after being asked to bat first on the pitch on which Durham made a winning score of 184 for eight on Thursday.
Leicestershire fancied they could go close but on what proved to be a difficult surface to score fluently they stumbled to 47 for four in the powerplay and never recovered as the Falcons bowlers kept the pressure on throughout, dismissed for 89 to go down by a 70-run margin.
Leg spinner Mattie McKiernan’s two for 17 was the pick of some miserly Falcons bowling figures.
The Foxes lost Scott Steel, recalled in place of Louis Kimber, when he was bowled by a full delivery from Hayden Kerr, the Australian left-armer who has replaced the injured Suranga Lakmal, and Hamish Rutherford, out first ball on his debut on Thursday, perished in the second over, leg before to Wayne Madsen.
Madsen produced a wonderful piece of fielding to run out Arron Lilley with a direct hit running in from point before Colin Ackermann sliced to backward point.
Lewis Hill was run out by wicketkeeper Brooke Guest before Rishi Patel was leg before to McKiernan. The Foxes tried to hit their way out of trouble but Rehan Ahmed succeeded only in picking out mid-off. Callum Parkinson became a second victim for McKiernan before Mark Watt, the left-arm spinner, picked up a deserved scalp, turning one past Roman Walker’s bat. Kerr picked up his second wicket to finish the job as Naveen-ul-Haq skied to mid-off.
Having gone close to chasing down 200 against Birmingham Bears on Friday, the Falcons had begun confidently. They lost Luis Reece, bowled behind his legs by Roman Walker, and Harry Came, caught at backward point off the last ball of the opening six overs, but had 52 runs from the powerplay.
Falcons slipped to 77 for four after Wayne Madsen was bowled swinging fulsomely at Ben Mike and Brooke Guest, after his half-century the night before, saw his off stump knocked back as he made room to cut Callum Parkinson.
But Masood, prolific in the Championship, completed his first Blast half-century soon after ending a seven-over boundary drought with a couple off Naveen-ul-Haq, and Du Plooy, having driven Parkinson down the ground for four, cleverly ramped Scott Steel off the back of his bat.
The pair had added 51 in 26 balls when Masood sliced the same bowler straight to short third man.
Du Plooy and Hayden Kerr managed to eke out another 31 in the last four overs, Kerr driving Ronan Walker to the straight boundary and Du Plooy picking up a fourth boundary with another innovative shot over the ‘keeper’s head.
The Foxes looked happy to have kept the Falcons below 160 but in the event they had more than enough.
Derbyshire spinner Mattie McKiernan said:
“We thought halfway we were maybe a touch short, but as it turned out it was possibly a good score on that wicket. It was a little bit slower, a bit more two-paced than the one we batted on against Birmingham last night.
“It was disappointing on Friday not to get over the line after going so close but we were able to take some of that momentum from the way we finished over into today.
“It was a big win for us today but T20 can be a bit like that. Sometimes it can be your day and thankfully today it was our day. The lads put in a great shift.
“From my own point of view, after going for 12 in my first over it was good to come back and get a couple of wickets.”
Leicestershire vice-captain Callum Parkinson said:
“We feel pretty raw after a defeat like that so it is hard to put it into words. It is just not good enough, simply put. We have not batted well enough as a group all season.
“We were quite happy with the first half of the match. It was a normal Grace Road pitch, a bit of hold for the spinners but basically a good pitch and we thought they were maybe 10 or 15 runs under par and that if we batted well we would be in with a chance.
“But there was just a lack of responsibility in my opinion. We lost wickets in clumps and you are never going to win when you are five down after eight overs.
“It is disappointing, but we can’t dwell on it for long. We go to Yorkshire tomorrow and we have to front up and try to put in a performance.”
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