Knight and Critchley lead the way in Second XI win

Wednesday 10th June 2015
Written by Danny Painter

Tom Knight scored 89 to help Derbyshire Second XI post 276-7 batting first in the Second XI Trophy match versus Warwickshire, before Matt Critchley took four wickets to seal victory.

Knight anchored the Derbyshire innings with his score of 89 runs from 99 balls, including 9 fours and a six before Greg Cork added a quick-fire 29 late on to boost the score towards 300.

It was a good all-round bowling performance by Derbyshire to defend their total of 276-7 with Critchley taking 4-33 from just 4.2 overs while their were two wickets apiece for Shiv Thakor and David Wainwright as well as one for Will Davis.

Skipper and wicketkeeper Harvey Hosein won the toss at Knowle & Dorridge CC and chose to bat first before opening the batting alongside Tom Wood. The pair got Derbyshire off to a solid start, scoring 50 for the first wicket before Wood was lbw to Oliver Hannon-Dalby for 33.

Derbyshire lost Hosein for 22 and Jonathan Clare for 17 while the score remained on 79 but that brought Thakor and Knight to the crease who shared a crucial 89-run stand. Thakor scored 31 before he was out to the bowling of Joshua Poysden with the score on 168.

Critchley scored 26 from 27 balls to help Knight take the score past 200 before being bowled by Mark Adair but Knight stood strong until the penultimate over of the innings.

Knight was lbw to Hannon-Dalby for 89 but Cork’s 29 meant that Derbyshire could post a strong total of 276-7.

Derbyshire’s defence got off to a great start when Clare took the catch of Tom Lewis off Davis in the second over before Thakor bowled Lewis’ opening partner Jonathan Webb for eight in the fifth.

The standout performers with the bat for the home side were Ateeq Javid (47 from 72) and Freddie Coleman, who scored 105 from 114 balls before becoming the fourth of Critchley’s victims in a devastating spell of leg-spin.

Critchley and Wainwright (2-35) did the damage in the middle overs with several batsmen falling before reaching double figures as Derbyshire ran out comfortable winners by 40 runs.

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