Double Dutch delight at Derby
The flying Dutchmen claimed a second county victim in two days as Derbyshire were beaten by the Netherlands in the Clydesdale Bank 40 at Derby.
Skipper Peter Borren followed his unbeaten 56 off just 37 balls with figures of 3-29, stifling the Falcons' late charge after a fourth-wicket stand of 117 between Wes Durston and Wayne Madsen threatened to deny the Dutch a repeat of their thrilling victory over Yorkshire at Headingley Carnegie yesterday.
A one-day best of 74 from Wesley Barresi earlier lifted the Netherlands to 204 for six, setting them up for a 13-run triumph that doubled the number of wins they managed in the competition last season.
The Netherlands encountered early trouble in their innings as Derbyshire's tactic of opening the bowling with left-arm spinner Chesney Hughes paid off when Eric Szwarczynski, on the charge in the second over, was bowled.
Tom Cooper found mid-off as he tried to hit Steffan Jones over the top and Michael Swart was caught behind off Mark Turner to leave the Netherlands 47 for three after 15 overs.
But Barresi and Tom de Grooth batted sensibly to stabilise the innings with a stand of 76 in fewer than 15 overs before de Groot, on 39, cut Ross Whiteley to third man.
Borren made sure the momentum was not lost and was the senior partner as 45 were added in the next six overs.
Although Barresi's innings ended courtesy of a fine catch by Durston at mid-on and Shane Mott followed in the next over, Borren moved to a 34-ball half-century. He struck seven fours and a six in what proved to be a decisive innings.
Left-arm seamer Mott caused havoc early in the Derbyshire reply with a new-ball spell of 3-16 from six overs. He had Dan Redfern caught down the leg side with his fourth ball, located Hughes’ edge in his next over and also removed Greg Smith to leave Derbyshire tottering on 16 for three.
Durston and Madsen began the process of digging them out of their hole and, with 75 needed from the last 10 overs, the hosts harboured genuine hopes of victory.
But when Durston was caught at long-on for 64 the innings lost its way, even though Madsen moved went on to make 75 and Jones threatened a last-gasp recovery by hitting 18 off the penultimate over.