Cricket: Derbyshire cling on to defeat Vikings despite Brooks’ haul

Yorkshire's Gary Ballance hits out.
Yorkshire's Gary Ballance hits out.
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Four wickets in nine balls for Jack Brooks were to no avail for Yorkshire as they lost their opening Friends Life t20 match with Derbyshire by two wickets with three balls to spare.

Having been restricted to 119 for eight after losing the toss at Headingley, Yorkshire seemed to have pulled the game their way as Derbyshire slumped to 70-7 inside 13 overs after being 56-1 at one stage.

But Jon Clare, partnered by Tim Groenewald, slammed an unbeaten 35 from 29 balls in a ninth-wicket stand of 28 to see the visitors home in front of a 3,700 crowd.

Chesney Hughes and Wes Durston gave Derbyshire just the start they needed with an opening stand of 40 in seven overs, Hughes blasting Brooks for two fours and a six off the second over of the innings.

But Richard Pyrah, who began with a maiden, then had Durston well caught by Azeem Rafiq at gully and Shivnarine Chanderpaul held by wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow attempting to cut.

Yet it was the return of Brooks that did the real damage by grabbing two wickets in each of two consecutive overs to return career-best figures in the competition of four for 21.

Hughes chopped into his stumps and Wayne Madsen edged a catch to Bairstow before Dan Redfern slashed and was brilliantly caught above his head at gully by Rafiq and Tom Poynton holed out to Dan Hodgson on the mid-wicket boundary.

It got even better for Yorkshire as Rafiq’s first ball was driven by Albie Morkel low to Adam Lyth at long-on and the off-spinner later trapped David Wainwright lbw. Clare, however, had already thumped Rafiq over long-off for six and two fours in the 18th over from Liam Plunkett added further impetus to the Derbyshire fightback, which was nearing completion when 12 came off the penultimate over.

Apart from Gary Ballance, who scored 44 from 45 balls with three fours and a six, Yorkshire’s innings never really got into gear and the highest partnership they could muster was only 28 for the sixth wicket between Ballance and Pyrah.

Hodgson had threatened to break loose by smacking Groenewald for two fours and a six off four deliveries but he was run out for 17 when Bairstow, in what will be his only Twenty 20 appearance for his county this season, played his second ball to point and sent back his partner who could not beat Redfern’s direct hit.

Former Yorkshire batsman Michael Lumb struck a composed fifty as Nottinghamshire began their Friends Life t20 campaign with a comfortable win at Trent Bridge.

Chasing a victory target of 178, the home team eased to victory with 14 balls to spare, aided by potent early cameos from former England man Alex Hales (24) and Riki Wessels (15).

David Hussey and James Taylor saw the home side over the line with an 84-run partnership to the delight of a healthy crowd of 7,390. Hussey played fluently throughout for an unbeaten 49 with Taylor (37 not out) content with a supporting role.

Northamptonshire cruised to a 41-run win over Gloucestershire in a 12-over encounter, Northants making 124 for four as Kyle Coetzer hit 39 and captain Alex Wakely 36. Graeme White then took4-14 and Azharullah 3-23 as Gloucestershire limped to 83-9.

I'M YOUR MAN: Liam Plunkett, seen in action against Somerset last year, is hoping to play a significant role for Yorkshire across all formats this season. Picture: Allan McKenzie/

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