Wayne Madsen was pleased with Derbyshire’s first Vitality Blast win of the campaign over Leicestershire, and praised George Scrimshaw for seeing the victory through in the final over.
Madsen became the first Derbyshire player ever to score two T20 centuries, with his 109 not out at The Uptonsteel County Ground also taking him past 20,000 all-formats runs for the county.
The batter is currently top of the Vitality Blast run-scoring charts, and is yet to score below a half-century in the competition this season, with the Falcons set to play Birmingham Bears at home on Friday night.
Despite Madsen’s hundred, Leicestershire ran the Falcons close, with Scrimshaw having to defend 14 off the final over to win it. Madsen says it’s a great feeling to get over the line, and believes Scrimshaw deserves credit for holding his nerve, as he also did in similar circumstances against Lancashire last season.
“It is hard to compare one hundred with the other but to score both in winning causes is ultimately what I’m after.
“I said after the Notts game the other day that 50s were not enough, you need to be scoring 75-plus and to come out and get that tonight and help us win is a pretty special thing.
“It feels amazing to get the first win of the season, it has been a long time coming and it is a pretty special feeling for all the guys.
“Leicestershire played very well to get up near our total but when the pressure started building towards the end of that second innings our bowlers held their nerve.
“I spoke to George (Scrimshaw) before that last over to remind him that he had won it for us before in a similar position in a game but he was confident in what he was doing. It is about executing your skills in a moment like that and he did that and did a fantastic job.”
Vitality Blast 2023: Be Bold, Be Derbyshire
In 2023, every Derbyshire Falcons home T20 will be played on a Friday night, weekend or Bank Holiday, meaning it’s never been easier to follow the Falcons in the Vitality Blast.
2022 saw a Club-record number of T20 wins, coupled with the Best Domestic Spectator Experience to make the Falcons Vitality Blast campaign one of the best ever, and this year’s promises to be even bigger, with an enhanced food and drink range and added emphasis on accessibility.
Tickets are selling fast, with the clash with Yorkshire Vikings at Queen’s Park, the East Midlands Derby vs Notts Outlaws and the Monday 29 May Family Day gaining high interest from supporters, so don’t delay if you want to experience Mickey Arthur’s Falcons live this summer!