Critchley, Godleman help Derbyshire clinch a thriller


Durham vs Nottinghamshire

Graham Clark (64) and Paul Collingwood (40*) essayed fine hands as the duo powered Durham to a comfortable seven-wicket win versus Nottinghamshire in a T20 Blast game played at the Riverside stadium, on Saturday (July 28). Durham chased down the target of 133 with more than three overs to spare.

The visitors, who were bundled out for a cheap score, struck early by picking up the scalps of Ben Stokes and Tom Latham as Durham slid to 40 for 2 in the seventh over. Clark, who is averaging almost 40 in the tournament so far this season, then joined forces with Collingwood to steady the innings. Clark finally fell to Ish Sodhi, with the score reading 118 for 3. Collingwood and James Weighell then took their side home.

Earlier, the veteran pair of Nathan Rimmington and Chris Rushworth dented the visitors with the new ball to leave them precariously placed at 24 for 3. Samit Patel (32), batting at four, and Steven Mullaney (38), the utility all rounder, propelled the side to a respectable total. Durham are placed second in the North table with 10 points, while Notts have slotted in at the fifth position with 8 points.

Brief scores: Nottinghamshire 132/7 in 20 overs (Steven Mullaney 38; Chris Rushworth 2-13) lost to Durham 136/3 in 16.5 overs (Graham Clark 64; Harry Gurney 1-10) by seven wickets.

Derbyshire vs Yorkshire

Matthew Critchley smacked a quickfire 17-ball unbeaten 38 while Billy Godleman (71*) anchored the innings, as Derbyshire clinched a thrilling five-wicket win against Yorkshire in Chesterfield. Derbyshire hunted down the target with just one ball to spare.

The home side needed 19 off the final over bowled by Bresnan. Critchley, who became the youngest centurion for Derbyshire in first class cricket in 2015, gave a glimpse of his hitting prowess by clobbering the veteran pacer for two sixes and two fours to steer his side to a famous victory.

For long periods of Derbyshire’s innings, Yorkshire seemed to be in the ascendancy. Azeem Rafiq and Adil Rashid had combined to bag four scalps between them to leave the home side in a spot of bother at 106 for 5. However, Godleman and Critchley put paid to the opposition’s hopes with an undefeated stand of 64 for the sixth wicket. Godleman thumped six fours and one six in his innings. For Yorkshire, David Willey (55) and Kane Williamson (35) played vital hands. On the other hand, Ravi Rampaul bagged a four-wicket haul for the home team.

Derbyshire have six points and are placed seventh, with Yorkshire slotting in at fourth with eight points in the North Group.

Brief scores: Yorkshire 166/8 in 20 overs (David Willey 55; Ravi Rampaul 4-19) lost to Derbyshire 170/5 in 19.5 overs (Billy Godleman 71*, Matthew Critchley 38*; Adil Rashid 2-19) by five wickets.

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