A strong Derbyshire Second XI side claimed two Twenty20 victories over Unicorns at Long Marston Cricket Club, with Jimmy Neesham making his first outing for the Club.
In Game One, Derbyshire fielded a strong side, which included seven players who faced Essex this week and the recently-arrived Neesham, with the new NatWest T20 Blast season getting underway on Saturday.
Derbyshire bowled first and restricted their hosts to 135-4 off their 20 overs. Captain Wes Durston (1-19), Alex Hughes (1-19), Andy Carter (1-26) and Matt Critchley (1-15) shared the wickets in a good bowling performance.
Durston (32 off 28 balls) and Hamish Rutherford (35 off 27 balls) got the Falcons off to a good start in reply, adding 57 for the first wicket. Neil Broom (24 off 19 balls) and Wayne Madsen continued where the openers had left off sharing a 54-run stand, before Broom was third man out.
It was left to Madsen – who top scored with an unbeaten 37 off 22 balls – and Neesham (7 not out off 3 balls) to see their side over the line with 21 balls remaining to claim victory by seven wickets.
Derbyshire XI: Durston, Rutherford, Broom, Madsen, Neesham, A Hughes, Thakor, Critchley, Poynton, Cotton, Carter
For Game Two, Derbyshire made seven changes, with Durston, Alex Hughes, Neesham and Carter remaining from the opening match.
Derbyshire batted first and after a couple of early wicket, their innings was built around a 113-run partnership between Neesham and Alex Hughes.
Neesham struck three sixes and five fours in his 65 off 41 balls, while Alex Hughes also passed fifty, hitting 54 off 40 balls including four fours, as the visitors posted 162-5.
Derbyshire produced a disciplined bowling performance to restrict Unicorns to 120-9 and secure victory by 42 runs. Tom Knight was the pick of the bowlers with 3-19 off three overs, while Andy Carter (2-14) and Ben Slater (2-13) both picked up two apiece.
Derbyshire XI: Durston, Slater, Neesham, A Hughes, Elstone, Cork, Knight, Milnes, Hosein, Davis, Carter
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