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Defeat ends Falcons' quarter-final hopes

Monday 17th August 2015
Written by Danny Painter

Wayne Madsen top scored with 77, but it was in vain as Durham secured a 55-run victory at the Emirates Durham ICG ending Derbyshire’s chance of qualification for the last eight.

After electing to bowl first, the Falcons reduced the hosts to 182-8, which included three run outs, but an unbroken ninth-wicket stand of 65 between Gordon Muchall (43 not out) and Chris Rushworth (38 not out) helped Durham recover to 247-8 from their 50 overs.

Madsen hit 77 from 98 balls in reply, while Wes Durston added 38, but the visitors lost wickets at crucial stages of their chase and were bowled out for 192 with 19 balls to spare.

Derbyshire return to The 3aaa County Ground tomorrow (Tuesday 18 August) for their final Royal London One-Day Cup fixture this summer; 10.30am start.

Phil Mustard and Mark Stoneman got the Durham innings off to a flyer after being put into bat first, but Shiv Thakor had the latter caught by Billy Godleman for 26 in the eighth over to end an opening stand of 44.

Two more quick wickets fell, including that of Scott Borthwick superbly run out by Mark Footitt for nine, as the hosts slipped to 69-3. But a fifty partnership between Michael Richardson and Paul Collingwood guided Durham up to 114-3 at the halfway point of their innings.

Matt Critchley got the breakthrough soon after as Collingwood was stumped for 33, with Calum MacLeod run out for two by Madsen in the following over as Derbyshire reduced Durham to 128-5.

Durham then had their third batsman run out as Ryan Pringle departed for 10 prior to Richardson bringing up his half-century from 71 balls without scoring a boundary.

Richardson was dismissed shortly after as he played on to a Ben Cotton delivery when on 56, with John Hastings then caught and bowled by Footitt without scoring in the next over.

Muchall and Rushworth frustrated Derbyshire at the end of the Durham innings with a flurry of boundaries, as an unbeaten ninth-wicket partnership of 65 helped the home side recover from 182-8 to 247-8 after their 50 overs.

Derbyshire begun brightly in their pursuit of 248 to win the match but former Ashes winner Graham Onions bowled Godleman for 18 in the ninth over to peg Derbyshire back.

Tillakaratne Dilshan and Durston then fell in successive overs as Dilshan was bowled by Hastings for 12, while the Falcons Captain was caught by Collingwood at slip off the bowling of Borthwick for a well-made 38.

Hastings grabbed his second wicket as Thakor was caught down the leg side by wicketkeeper Mustard for one with Derbyshire slipping from 68-1 to 71-4.

Madsen and Elstone steadied the ship for the visitors as their fifth-wicket partnership passed fifty to ensure Derbyshire reached 124-4 after 31 overs.

Elstone was dismissed in the following over as Muchall took a catch at cover to present Collingwood with his first wicket.

Madsen brought up his half-century from 62 balls but Alex Hughes was bowled by Collingwood for 16, with Derbyshire requiring 85 runs from the final ten overs.

Tom Poynton was run out by MacLeod for two before Madsen was caught behind for 77 to give Hastings his third wicket.

Hastings went on to get his fourth wicket as Critchley was caught on the boundary by Borthwick for four, with the latter then dismissing Footitt for one to wrap up a 55-run victory.

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Derbyshire Falcons are back in home action tomorrow when they take on Worcestershire in the final group game of the Royal London One-Day Cup; 10.30am start.

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