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Groenewald leads Falcons' charge

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Tim Groenewald

Tim Groenewald took three wickets as Debyshire moved into the top four of the North Division with defeat of Lancashire

Tim Groenewald took three wickets as Derbyshire Falcons moved into the top four of the Friends Provident t20 North Division with a seven-run victory over Lancashire Lightning at Old Trafford.

The Lightning had looked well placed to chase down 164 with Tom Smith and Steven Croft in the midst of a dangerous second-wicket partnership of 61.

But, with Smith having been run out, Croft and Paul Horton were dismissed within the space of three balls by Groenewald in the 15th over to leave the hosts struggling at 119 for four.

Smith’s 38 off 28 balls had helped him become the North Division’s leading run scorer with 428 and Croft also added 38 off 34.

Their departures left Lancashire needing 37 off four overs, but it proved too much for the hosts, who could have all but secured a quarter-final berth with a win.

Jones had Gareth Cross lbw in the penultimate over before Nathan McCullum hit two boundaries to give the hosts hope.

But Charl Langeveldt managed to defend 13 off the last by bowling McCullum and preventing Glen Chapple and Mark Chilton scoring the required runs.

Earlier, the Falcons had posted a competitive 163 for six, boosted by Robin Peterson’s late 26 off eleven balls.

Wes Durston and Loots Bosman shared 64 for the first wicket with the former hitting three boundaries off Smith in the fourth over.

Derbyshire reached fifty after seven overs but Bosman holed out to Moore at deep midwicket off McCullum for 29.

And Durston soon followed, bowled by Simon Kerrigan for 39 off 31 balls, leaving the score at 74 for two.

Wayne Madsen departed for 29 in the 18th over when he Chapple at short fine-leg for 29 to give Stephen Parry his first wicket.

But compatriot Peterson, well supported by Jonathan Clare, impressed in the latter overs to help the Falcons to a competetive total.

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