Dominant Derbyshire shock Sussex
Sussex suffered a setback in their Clydesdale Bank 40 challenge as Derbyshire cruised to a six-wicket victory with 14 balls to spare under the Derby floodlights.
A top-order collapse saw the Sharks bowled out for 167 in 37.2 overs, with seamer Tim Groenewald taking 3-32
Although Derbyshire lost Australian batsman Usman Khawaja to the opening ball of their innings, skipper Wayne Madsen, with his first limited-overs fifty of the season, and Dan Redfern, who made 49, sealed a comfortable win.
Madsen was unbeaten on 64 out of the Falcons 170 for four as Sussex tasted defeat in the competition for the first time.
They retain second place in Group C and sit one point behind leaders Warwickshire, who they face at the PROBIZ County Ground next week.
Sussex started well after they were put in but went off the rails in the face of some tight spin bowling from Wes Durston and David Wainwright, who celebrated a new four-year contract and the award of his Derbyshire cap by conceding only 26 runs from eight overs.
Durston went for just 37 and picked up the wickets of Ed Joyce, lbw sweeping, and Matt Machan, who was stumped trying to break the shackles after scoring 20 from 32 balls.
Murray Goodwin was involved in two needless run-outs, which accounted for Mike Yardy and Joe Gatting in the space of three balls in the 19th over, and when Ben Brown sliced a lofted drive at Wainwright to mid-off, the Sharks had lost four wickets in as many overs to slide to 95 for six.
Goodwin and Kirk Wernars restored some order by adding 50 but it took them 12 overs and Groenewald returned to beat the former’s attempted drive before blowing away the tail.
Derbyshire’s chase started disastrously when Khawaja was run out without facing and his opening partner Chesney Hughes followed in the sixth over when he was pinned in front by Amjad Khan.
Durston played some handsome cover-drives to score 30 off 35 deliveries before he was caught behind down the leg side with the score on 55.
Another wicket at that stage would have given Sussex a chance of defending their modest total, but the Falcons knew they only had to bat sensibly to win the game and both Madsen and Redfern did just that.
With no danger of any interruption from the weather, the pair were largely content to work the ball into the gaps, although Madsen drove Monty Panesar over long-on for the only six of the match in the 28th over before sweeping the England spinner for four.
The captain brought up his fifty off 87 balls and Redfern, who was also awarded his cap before the game, looked set to make his first one-day half-century of the summer, only to be stumped off Chris Nash, ending a stand of 96 in 20 overs.
The wicket came too late for Sussex and it was not long before Madsen completed Derbyshire’s fourth victory of the campaign.