Madsen shines in Derbyshire stroll
Derbyshire celebrated their 1,000th one-day game with a crushing 81-run victory over fellow strugglers Middlesex in the Clydesdale Bank 40 under the Derby floodlights.
Graham Wagg and Mark Footitt each bagged three wickets to blow away the Panthers, who never threatened to get close to the Falcons’ total of 192 for seven - built around Wayne Madsen's unbeaten 71 from 78 balls, his best limited-overs score.
Madsen dragged Derbyshire out of a hole after Pedro Collins had taken three early wickets, but there was no way back for the Panthers after Wagg reduced them to 29 for four. They eventually crumbled for 110 in 27.3 overs.
Derbyshire started badly in a Group B game reduced to 38 overs a side by rain, Collins exploiting an overcast evening and damp pitch to knock over the top order as the home side slumped to 49 for four.
Collins got the ball to swing late to bowl Steve Adshead and Chesney Hughes before skipper Greg Smith gloved a pull to wicketkeeper John Simpson.
A stunning one-handed catch at second slip by Owais Shah off Toby Roland-Jones removed Wes Durston for 18, but Madsen supervised an impressive recovery.
Dan Redfern started the revival by scoring 23 in a 51-run stand in 10 overs with Madsen before Wagg and Jon Clare provided some acceleration in the closing overs.
Madsen anchored the fightback with a 61-ball half-century, sharing stands of 48 and 41 with Wagg and Clare respectively in the last 12 overs.
Wagg then matched Collins’ opening spell to shatter the Middlesex top order. Scott Newman was caught behind for a duck off the second ball of the innings and Shah made only eight before he dragged on a leaden-footed cover drive.
Dawid Malan drove away from his body to be caught at point, and the visitors were on the slide when Simpson drove Smith tamely to Clare at short extra-cover in the next over.
Smith opted to bowl Wagg out to try to remove the last of the recognised batsmen, but it was Footitt who condemned Middlesex to defeat by striking three times in his first two overs.
Gareth Berg, beaten for pace, was pinned lbw before Durston matched Shah’s earlier effort by pouching a great catch at head height at second slip to send back Tom Scollay for a duck.
When Shaun Udal edged a drive behind, Middlesex had lost three wickets for five runs. Although skipper Neil Dexter scored 30, there were still 10.3 overs remaining when Derbyshire completed a resounding victory under the Duckworth-Lewis method.