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Statistical Preview: Northants Steelbacks

Thursday 31st May 2018
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Written by Danny Painter

Derbyshire continue their Royal London One-Day Cup campaign on the road away to Northamptonshire, following a run of three successive home fixtures.

Heritage Officer, David Griffin, looks at the statistical background to the game.

This will be the 60th scheduled List A game between these two sides since they first clashed in the Gillette Cup back in May 1964.

Derbyshire have won 28 games, Northamptonshire 17, with one tied and a remarkable 13 ending as ‘No Result’ or Abandoned.

The tied fixture took place in June 1995 at Derby, although arguably the most thrilling game in Derbyshire’s one-day cricketing history also ended with the scores level, with Derbyshire winning by virtue of losing fewer wickets. That game took place at Lord’s in 1981 and was the inaugural Nat West Trophy final which brought Derbyshire their first trophy since the County Championship triumph of 1936.

Despite one in five games suffering from the rain, Derbyshire’s batsmen have prospered, scoring 12 hundreds – more than against any other county in one day cricket – although no player has scored more than one.

The highest was Ben Slater’s 148 not out at Northampton in 2016, the highest score by any Derbyshire player in a one-day game against another county.

The first century was scored by Alan Hill, who made 120 in the win at Buxton in 1976, a match in which Phil Russell also took 6-10.

Three other bowlers have taken five wickets or more in an innings, with the best being 7-35 by Devon Malcolm at Derby in 1995, figures only bettered for the county by Michael Holding’s 8-21 at Hove in 1988.

Colin Tunnicliffe took 5-24 at Derby in 1981, and, somewhat surprisingly, Peter Kirsten took 5-34 at Trent College, Long Eaton, in 1979.

The highest team score came in 1997 at Derby when the home side made 324-7 with both Chris Adams and Kim Barnett making centuries before Devon Malcolm wreaked havoc with 7-35 as Northamptonshire lost by 144 runs.

Derbyshire’s highest total batting second to win, is the 309-4 at Derby in 2017.

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