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Wayne Madsen

Wayne Madsen top-scored for Derbyshire with 54 from 27 balls in a total of 169 for five, but rain prevented Durham from starting their reply

Wayne Madsen’s second successive swift half-century for Derbyshire against Durham proved in vain as today’s Friends Life t20 clash was washed out mid-match at the Emirates Durham ICG.

Despite not being a naturally powerful hitter, the South African followed his 28-ball fifty at Derby on Friday evening by reaching 50 off only 25 deliveries.

The visitors scored 169 for five, 14 fewer than in Friday’s five-run win, but rain prevented Durham from beginning their reply.

By the time Madsen was out for 54 in the 19th over, the drizzle which had started in the 10th over was growing heavier.

Dale Benkenstein put Derbyshire in and gave the first over to Chris Rushworth, who was dispatched to the boundary four times in succession by Martin Guptill.

The New Zealand batsman followed Friday’s 35-ball half-century by threatening something even better as he also cut and pulled the last two balls of the third over, bowled by Mitch Claydon, for four.

Graham Onions conceded only one run off the second over, during which he had Wes Durston caught at third man, and in tandem with Liam Plunkett kept a tight rein on Guptill after his flying start.

With Chesney Hughes initially struggling to time the ball, the score had limped along to 66 in the 11th over when Plunkett accepted a return catch to remove Guptill for 44 off 31 balls.

Plunkett’s first three overs cost only 16, but his fourth went for 15 as he bowled two leg-side wides either side of Madsen flipping him for six just over the head of Ian Blackwell at long-leg.

The left-handed Hughes also began to middle the ball, lifting off-spinner Gareth Breese over long-on and hitting a second six over midwicket off Paul Collingwood.

England’s World Twenty20-winning captain had not bowled on Friday, but came on for the 15th over and took 2-24 in three overs.

Hughes fell for 48 in going for another big hit off Breese, and Madsen reached his fifty by turning Collingwood to fine-leg for his seventh four before the same bowler had him caught behind.

Also in the 19th over, Garry Park swung a second catch to Gordon Muchall at deep midwicket.

The washout leaves both teams in the bottom four of the North Group on four points, although Durham have played a game more.

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