Johnson milestone boosts Derbyshire
Richard Johnson's maiden one-day half-century spearheaded an impressive Derbyshire recovery that carried them to a three-wicket victory over Yorkshire with 14 balls to spare in the Clydesdale Bank 40 at Chesterfield.
The on-loan Warwickshire wicketkeeper survived two dropped catches to score 79 from 74 balls after Derbyshire were reduced to 56 for four chasing Yorkshire's 238 for seven, which featured 51 from skipper Andrew Gale on his return from injury.
Richard Pyrah hit Jonathan Clare for three consecutive sixes in a 28-ball 44 and Yorkshire looked favourites when Derbyshire lost early wickets, but Johnson shared a stand of 80 in 11 overs with 20-year-old Alex Hughes, whose unbeaten 37 guided the Falcons home.
After the two teams lined up in front of the pavilion to observe a minute's silence in memory of Yorkshire legend Don Wilson who died on Saturday at the age of 74, Gale and Phil Jaques added 54 before Wes Durston took an acrobatic catch at midwicket to remove the Australian for 25.
Durston also played a significant part in keeping Yorkshire in check with a tight eight-over spell of off-spin that cost only 32 runs and earned him the wickets of Joe Root and Gale.
Root was stumped for 32 before Gale was given out hit wicket after he trod on his stumps trying to work Durston through midwicket.
Former Yorkshire slow left-armer David Wainwright also restricted his former side, although Jonny Bairstow launched him over the hospitality tent for six and then drove Chesney Hughes back over the sightscreen.
But just when the England batsman was threatening to take the bowling apart, Mark Turner plucked out his middle stump with a fast and full delivery at the start of the 31st over.
Gary Ballance, with 47 from 42 balls, took Yorkshire past 200 but it was Pyrah who did the damage by smashing Clare's first three balls of the 39th over out of the ground.
He holed out to long-off in the final set of six but Yorkshire's total looked even better when Usman Khawaja was caught behind for a duck off the third delivery of the Falcons reply.
Chesney Hughes hit Mitchell Starc for successive fours but the Australian paceman then cut one back to bowl him for 20 and, in the next over, Durston top-edged Iain Wardlaw to short fine-leg.
When Starc cleaned up Dan Redfern in the eighth over, Derbyshire were 56 for four but skipper Wayne Madsen was finding gaps in the field and two dropped catches by Azeem Rafiq before Johnson reached double figures allowed the Falcons to recover.
They added 67 in 12 overs before Madsen chipped back a return catch to Adil Rashid but Johnson kept the hosts on track, pulling Pyrah for his sixth four to reach 50 off 54 balls.
He drove Wardlaw for six and dispatched Pyrah into the crowd before he carved Wardlaw to Pyrah at cover with 18 needed, but Alex Hughes showed composure in only his seventh senior game and drove Starc for the winning boundary to seal victory.