Leicestershire Foxes vs Derbyshire Falcons
Royal London Cup
Wed 24 Apr The Fischer County Ground
du Plooy 73*
Won by 7 wickets
Derbyshire win as Godleman hits ton
Billy Godleman recorded his second successive century as Derbyshire won by seven wickets against Leicestershire Foxes in the Royal London One-Day Cup.
Godleman (106) combined for century partnerships with both Wayne Madsen (60) and Leus du Plooy (73 not out) as Derbyshire chased down a revised target of 266, via the Duckworth-Lewis Method.
Luis Reece (2-59) and Alex Hughes (2-55) each took two wickets as the Foxes posted 312-8 in the rain-affected match at The Fischer County Ground.
Madsen opened the bowling alongside Alfie Gleadall and it was the South African who got Derbyshire off to a good start with an early breakthrough.
Paul Horton was caught behind for five, before Mark Watt took his first wicket for Derbyshire to remove Harry Dearden (36) and reduce the hosts to 63-2.
Wickets continued to fall at regular intervals as Luis Reece claimed his first, before Matt Critchley removed Lewis Hill (19) to take the score to 120-4.
However, Tom Taylor joined Ackermann at the crease as the pair set about rebuilding the innings for the Foxes.
The Leicestershire duo put on a 78-run stand for the fifth wicket to accelerate the score to 198-5 before Taylor (25) was stumped by Hosein off the bowling of Alex Hughes.
Ackermann then brought up his century of 101 balls as he and Callum Parkinson (11) added 42 for the sixth wicket, before both fell in quick succession to take the score to 245-7.
Sam Conners then took his maiden List A wicket to dismiss Arron Lilley (23), but Dieter Klein (24 not out) and Chris Wright (16 not out) rallied to carry the Foxes to 312-8 at the innings close.
Reece and Godleman started well in Derbyshire’s reply to reach 28-0 in the sixth over, before rain returned to halt play as a new revised target of 266 was set.
There was a mix-up in the middle shortly after the restart as Reece was run out for 17, before Madsen came to the crease to accelerate the innings.
The 35-year-old passed his half-century off 44 balls as he and Godleman also brought up their century partnership to take the score to 130-1.
Madsen then fell for 60 before Godleman also passed fifty for the third successive innings.
Leus du Plooy joined Godleman in the middle, as the pair looked in good touch, striking boundaries regularly to put Derbyshire in a good position on 212-2 after 32 overs.
Both batsmen then passed their respective milestones as du Plooy recorded his first half-century for Derbyshire, before Godleman brought up his century off 104 balls.
Godleman then fell for 106, before du Plooy hit the winning runs off the last ball as Derbyshire made it two wins from three matches in the Royal London One-Day Cup.
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