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Falcons lose in incredible finish at Bristol

Wednesday 29th July 2015
Written by Danny Painter

Jack Taylor scored an unbeaten 41 from just 14 balls to help Gloucestershire win a rain-affected fixture at Bristol despite centuries from both Wayne Madsen and Hamish Rutherford.

Madsen (106 not out) and Rutherford (110) both secured the third List A centuries of their careers as Derbyshire posted 274-5 from their 48 overs after a short rain delay had reduced the match.

The Falcons looked to be on course for victory after a second delay during the Gloucestershire chase had left the home side requiring 68 from four overs.

It went down to the final ball in which Gloucestershire needed six to win. It was caught but a no ball was called as Derbyshire had six fielders on the leg side for the last ball, leaving the hosts needing three to win and Howell (33 not out) found the rope to complete an unlikely victory.

Billy Godleman fell for one during Derbyshire’s second over but Rutherford and Wes Durston recovered well to put on 55 until Durston was caught at deep square-leg off Craig Miles for 25.

On a sticky wicket, runs were hard to come by for the Derbyshire batsmen early on but Rutherford still managed to reach his second successive half-century in the competition from 79 balls before going through to a half-century stand with Madsen as the Falcons passed 100 in the 30th over.

The pair continued to bat resolutely and secured a century stand when Rutherford hit the first six of the innings before Madsen passed a half-century of his own from 73 balls in an innings that included two fours.

Rain arrived during the Derbyshire innings after 42 overs when the score was on 198-2 and stayed in Bristol long enough to reduce the innings by two overs. The six overs that remained proved to be fruitful for the Falcons as they secured 76 runs to get to a

Rutherford passed the third List A century of his career from 127 balls as his partnership with Madsen became a record stand for Derbyshire in List A cricket against Gloucestershire.

When Rutherford fell for his equal highest List A score of 110, he and Madsen had put on 182 to take their side from 58-2 right the way up to 240-3.

The third List A century of Madsen’s career was equally impressive as he accelerated from 50 to 100 in just 24 balls, passing 2,000 career List A runs in the meantime, and finished the innings unbeaten on 106 in Derbyshire’s 274-5.

Gloucestershire were set 284 runs to win from 48 overs due to the brief rain delay and their innings sprung into life in the eighth over. Chris Dent hit Cotton for two fours and a six before the Academy graduate bowled him for 31 and removed his opening partner Michael Klinger for 11 with the last ball of the over.

Gareth Roderick and Geraint Jones put on 59 for the third wicket to take their side into three figures until the latter was run out by Alex Hughes having been asked to run a quick single on 27.

Another rain shower in Bristol had a significant impact on the match as, with Gloucestershire on 136-3 from 31 overs, the players were forced off and the hosts target was revised to 204 from 35 overs meaning they required a mammoth 68 runs from just four overs.

Derbyshire’s attack was blunted in the final four overs as all of the seamers apart from Mark Footitt – who had one over remaining – had bowled their overs.

Some brutal striking by Taylor and Benny Howell off the bowling of Matt Critchley took Gloucestershire in the final overs needing 20 to win.

The final over was bowled by Chesney Hughes and, thanks to Taylor, Gloucestershire were left needing a six from the final ball of the innings.

A no ball for not adhering to the fielding restrictions followed, as well as a scrambled single, and it was left to Howell to strike the final ball for four.

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