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Elton Chigumbura

Elton Chigumbura starred with bat and ball as Northants kept their quarter-final hopes alive, beating hosts Derbyshire

Northants Steelbacks boosted their chances of reaching the Friends Provident t20 quarter-finals with 43-run victory over Derbyshire Falcons.

Elton Chigumbura starred for the Steelbacks with 4-14 from his four overs and an unbeaten 35 that lifted the visitors to 159 for four.

The Falcons’ hopes of chasing the victory target and clinching a top-four place were dashed as they lost five wickets for 14 runs and were bowled out for 116 with seven balls remaining.

After being put in, the Steelbacks had to work hard on a slow pitch and lost Chaminda Vaas for one when he was unluckily run out backing up in the third over.

Rob White played two handsome straight drives to the ropes, before departing for 20 when he failed to clear Greg Smith at mid-off off Tim Groenewald.

David Sales, who was dropped on 18 by Robin Peterson, got Northants back on track, crashing 39 from 23 balls, including three sixes.

Alex Wakely hit a run-a-ball 29 before he was caught and bowled by Smith in the 15th over, leaving the Steelbacks 115 for four.

However, Chigumbura and Andrew Hall starred thereafter, adding 44 runs to leave Derbyshire facing a difficult chase.

Loots Bosman got the Falcons on their way with three fours, but he miscued a front-foot pull off Vaas to Chigumbura at mid-on in the third over.

Smith was the next to go as he chipped Jack Brooks to mid-on, before Chigumbura once again took centre stage, removing Wes Durston, Jonathan Clare, Peterson and Gareth Park in quick succession to leave the hosts’ reply in tatters.

Steffan Jones struck some muscular blows in an unbeaten 26 from 24 balls but the game had long been decided when Langeveldt drove Hall to long-off.

The Steelbacks will qualify from the North Group if they beat Durham Dynamos on Sunday, while the Falcons must beat Yorkshire Carnegie at home and hope Northants slip up.

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