A clinical all-round performance helped Derbyshire secure a convincing 77-run victory over Yorkshire in the T20 Blast encounter at Headingley, Leeds on Monday (July 30), as they moved up to the fifth spot in the North Group table with their fourth win in eight games. Meanwhile, the heavy loss caused Yorkshire’s slip as the dropped from fourth to the sixth position.
In a match reduced to 17 overs per side, Derbyshire suffered an early setback after being put in as David Willey cleaned up Billy Godleman off the first ball. However, a 66-run partnership between Wahab Riaz and Calum MacLeod provided a strong platform.
While the second wicket partnership came to an end in the seventh over, Riaz went on to partner Wayne Madsen in a 48-run stand that guided Derbyshire through the middle overs and set them up for a strong finish. During the process, Riaz registered his career-best score in T20s, coming up with a 30-ball 42. Following Madsen’s fifty, Yorkshire managed to pick up quick wickets but useful hands from Alex Hughes and Gary Wilson propelled Derbyshire to a total of 179 for 7.
Yorkshire couldn’t quite take off in the chase as regular wickets hampered their progress in the first half of their innings. A promising start by Adam Lyth was cut short by Lockie Ferguson, who had earlier sent back his opening partner Tom Kohler-Cadmore cheaply. Hughes picked up the important wicket of Kane Williamson while Ferguson sent back Gary Ballance, leaving Yorkshire at 67 for 4 in the 10th over.
A 30-run association between Willey and Harry Brook provided some hope for Yorkshire but what followed after that came as a huge disappointment for the home team fans. Ferguson, Hughes and Hardus Viljoen all finished with three wickets apiece as Yorkshire lost their last six wickets for 11 runs to be bowled out for 102.
Brief scores: Derbyshire 179/7 in 17 overs (Wayne Madsen 66, Wahab Riaz 42; Jordan Thompson 3-23) beat Yorkshire 102 in 14 overs (David Willey 24, Adam Lyth 21; Alex Hughes 3-12, Lockie Ferguson 3-21, Hardus Viljoen 3-32) by 77 runs.
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