Half-centuries from Chesney Hughes and Shivnarine Chanderpaul helped Derbyshire Falcons to a six-wicket victory over Scottish Saltires in the Yorkshire Bank 40 after Mark Footitt had taken five wickets for the visitors to The Grange.
Footitt recorded career-best figures of 5-28 to restrict the home side to 182 for nine, a total that soon appeared inadequate as Derbyshire’s openers laid a perfect platform.
Hughes cracked 74 from 72 balls and the vastly experienced Chanderpaul contributed 54. Derbyshire duly made it home with 14 balls to spare.
Scotland elected to bat at the Grange but started slowly and only 51 runs were on the board by the time the fourth wicket went down.
Matthew Cross was caught behind for 11 and Freddie Coleman made one less than his fellow opener before becoming Footitt’s first victim.
Ewan Chalmers and Richie Berrington also struggled to impose themselves but a partnership of 55 between Preston Mommsen, who top-scored with 42, and Majid Haq gave Scotland a fighting chance.
Newcomer Michael Leask hit sixes in consecutive overs on his way to 21 off 19 balls but Alex Hughes stopped him in his tracks and Footitt then added three late wickets to leave the visitors with a modest target.
Hughes and Chanderpaul ensured that would not be a problem, the former striking nine fours and a six while his partner accumulated steadily.
Mommsen eventually ousted Hughes with the score on 120 and Chanderpaul fell soon after, caught and bowled by the economical Gordon Drummond.
Madsen was clean bowled by Majid Haq for four as Scotland sensed a fightback, but Paul Borrington and Billy Godleman both hit 21 - the latter’s unbeaten - to get Derbyshire back on track.
Wicketkeeper Richard Johnson, who had earlier taken four catches, then applied the final blow.