Two thrilling Twenty20 matches for Seconds
Will Davis returned from injury as Derbyshire Second XI claimed a tie and a win in their Twenty20 fixtures versus Durham on Monday at Belper.
The hosts fielded a strong squad, which included the returning Davis, Luis Reece who hit an unbeaten 75 versus Northants Steelbacks on Friday, and overseas fast bowler Matt Henry.
Derbyshire won the toss and decided to field first in the opening game, a decision that paid off early on as Liam Trevakis (1) and Adam Hickey (16) were quickly dismissed to put Durham at 28-2.
Michael Richardson and Jack Burnham brought Durham back into the tie with their strong 61 partnership before Burnham was bowled by Ben Cotton (4-21) for 33.
Gareth Harte (8) managed to add a 23-run partnership with Richardson before he was bowled by Matt Critchley (1-34) and Richardson was out for 58, caught by Matt Henry.
The momentum then returned to Derbyshire, who claimed three wickets for just 20 runs as Durham hit 154-8 from their 20 overs.
Ben Slater and Critchley opened the Derbyshire batting and gave their side a great start to the innings, hitting a 63-run partnership before Critchley was dismissed for a well-made 37.
Henry was out for five, but Slater continued to score well alongside Captain Luis Reece, with the pair making an important 22 before Slater (45) was dismissed just five runs short of his half century.
Durham then began to find a foothold in the game, claiming four quick wickets, with Alex Hughes (16), Tom Taylor (0), Reece (26) and Cotton (9) all going within the space of eleven runs.
Hosein (unbeaten on four) and Calum Brodrick (not out on nine) managed to steady the ship for Derbyshire and scrambled a single off the last ball to tie the game.
Tom Milnes replaced Reece in the second fixture of the day, with Hughes Captain for the final of the back-to-back fixtures. He won the toss and decided to bat first with rain around.
Critchley was out for nine before Hughes and Slater added a vital partnership for the second wicket with the opener reaching his half century.
The stand of 84 lasted ten overs before Slater was caught by Burham, having hit 75 from 50 balls, including nine fours and one six.
Hughes batted nicely and added 45 as Derbyshire set Durham 158 to win from 18 overs (D/L).
In reply the Derbyshire bowlers started well, claiming a wicket in the first over of the Durham innings as Trevakis was caught by Hughes for four.
Hickey and Richardson added 40 for the second wicket, but once Richardson (6) was out and the next three wickets fell for just 17 runs, Derbyshire took a firm grip of the match.
Brydon Carse (19) and Scott Steel (unbeaten on 35) helped Durham back into the game adding 37 to the scoreboard before Carse was bowled by Milnes.
Steel continued to be a problem for Derbyshire, hitting another strong partnership, this time with McCarthy for the seventh wicket. They put on 48 before McCarthy was bowled by Taylor after hitting 28 from 18 balls. This brought an end to the Durham fightback as they closed 147-7, falling eleven runs short of their revised total.
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