Thakor ton helps Derbyshire to record chase

Sunday 30th April 2017
Written by Danny Painter

Centurion Shiv Thakor inspired Derbyshire with bat and ball as the Falcons beat Northants Steelbacks by six wickets in the Royal London One-Day Cup at The 3aaa County Ground.

The successful chase of 309 sets a new Club record for their highest List A run chase, beating the previous best of 298-3 versus Worcestershire at New Road in 2016.

All-rounders Thakor (3-39) and and Alex Hughes (2-59) were the pick of the Derbyshire bowlers as a century from Richard Levi helped Northants to 307-7 from their 50 overs.

Thakor (130) and Godleman (95) shared a Club record second wicket stand versus Northamptonshire and contributions from Ben Slater (30) and Wayne Madsen (23) steered Derbyshire to a six wicket victory. It means the Falcons have claimed one win and a no result from their first two games in the competition.

After winning the toss and electing to field, Derbyshire made the breakthrough in the eighth over, Ben Cotton finding the edge of Ben Duckett’s (21) bat and Daryn Smit taking a good low catch at slip.

Thakor bowled tightly in his opening spell, taking 1-14 from five overs, including the wicket of Josh Cobb, bowled around his legs for 56.

Tom Milnes switched to the Racecourse End and found a wicket with the first delivery of his second spell, Rob Keogh caught by Alex Hughes for 23.

Steelbacks captain Alex Wakely added 38 in a partnership with Levi worth 69, before Hughes had Wakely caught on the boundary by Milnes.

Hughes had his second soon after, Adam Rossington playing and missing at a straight delivery, the wicketkeeper-batsman bowled for 16.

Levi batted well for his 109, including nine fours and two sixes until Thakor took two wickets in the penultimate over. First the South African was out, caught by Wayne Madsen on the mid-wicket boundary, then Graeme White was bowled without scoring.

Steven Crook finished on an unbeaten 33 from 26 balls as the Steelbacks set Derbyshire Falcons 308 runs to win.

Opening the Derbyshire innings, Godleman and Slater added 71 runs for the opening wicket, including 12 fours. The partnership was broken as Slater was run-out for 30 chasing a quick single to Duckett in the covers.

Thakor joined Godleman and the pair batted nicely, both making half-centuries in a partnership worth 168, beating Derbyshire’s previous record for the second wicket (160) against Northamptonshire, set by Kim Barnett and Chris Adams in 1995.

Godleman, who anchored the innings, fell just five runs short of his century, caught behind by Rossington off the bowling of Keogh.

Wayne Madsen hit a quickfire 23 before he was caught at cover by Duckett, Buck picking up the wicket.

Thakor was run-out in a mix-up with new batsman Daryn Smit two balls later, ending a match-winning innings. The all-rounder’s 130 was his maiden List A century and included 14 fours and two sixes.

Gary Wilson and Smit were unbeaten on 12 and eight respectively, guiding Derbyshire to a six-wicket win with eight balls to spare.

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