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Rain ruins Derby clash

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Derbyshire and Northamptonshire were thwarted by rain as the Clydesdale Bank 40 Group C match at Derby was called off at the halfway stage after the visitors had scored 232 for eight.

Kyle Coetzer and David Sales made fifties against a Derbyshire side that rested their frontline bowlers ahead of this week's crucial LV= County Championship game with Essex, but off-spinner Peter Burgoyne took 3-31 to keep the hosts in the contest.

David Sales

David Sales' 58 from 56 deliveries helped Northants to 232 for eight, but rain denied hosts Derbyshire the opportunity to reply

Northants slipped from 140 for two to 189 for six and a fascinating chase was in prospect, but the rain arrived during the interval and the match was called off before Derbyshire could begin their reply.

Northants also rested players but an inexperienced Derbyshire attack was soon being dispatched to all parts of the County Ground, with Rob Newton pulling consecutive balls from Matt Higginbottom for six.

Newton came into the game on the back of two centuries in last week's championship match between the sides at Northampton and made 31 off 17 balls before cutting Alasdair Evans to gully.

Ross Whiteley put down a return catch when Coetzer was on 26 and that threatened to prove costly as Sales joined him in a stand of 75 in 12 overs.

Coetzer pulled Alex Hughes for six to reach his half-century off 66 balls and Northants had a formidable total in their sights at 140 for two in the 23rd over, but the fall of three quick wickets checked their progress.

Chesney Hughes had Coetzer caught behind for 68 and Burgoyne held a stunning one-handed return catch to remove Niall O'Brien before Christian Davis pulled the off-spinner to short midwicket.

However, the big wicket came when Sales top-edged a sweep at Burgoyne on 58 and it was left to Con de Lange, with 27 off 21 balls, to take his side past 230.

Derbyshire would have fancied their chances of chasing down a target of 233 against a depleted attack, but again the rain had the last word and the umpires had no choice but to abandon the game at 5:50pm.

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