Gloucestershire sneak home
Gloucestershire went joint top of Clydesdale Bank 40 Group B after they narrowly beat Derbyshire in a rain-affected match under the floodlights at Derby.
The Gladiators squeezed home by one run on the Duckworth-Lewis method after they were set a revised target of 175 in 31 overs.
They had been chasing the Falcons’ 225 for eight, which included 65 from 56 balls from Wayne Madsen, and the contest was in the balance when the umpires took the players off the field for the last time with the visitors 152 for five, one ahead of the par score.
One ball previously, Gloucestershire were level with the par score, but Chris Taylor took two to deep backward square-peg to crucially edge them in front - and level with Yorkshire at the top of the table.
Until Madsen broke free, Derbyshire found it difficult to get the ball away on a sluggish surface after Anthony Ireland had removed Chesney Hughes and Robin Peterson with lifting deliveries in the first eight overs.
Chris Rogers and Wes Durston began the rebuilding process by adding 64 in 15 overs but Derbyshire’s progress stalled when they both fell to Richard Dawson in the space of four balls.
Durston holed out to deep square-leg and Rogers, who faced 46 balls before hitting a boundary, was lbw for 40 trying to switch-hit.
At 100 for four in the 23rd over, Derbyshire were precariously perched, but Madsen found the right mix of invention and orthodoxy to ensure they set a testing target.
Greg Smith accompanied him in a stand of 67 in 11 overs and, after Steffan Jones had driven Steve Kirby back over his head for six, Garry Park and Madsen added 38 in four overs.
Gloucestershire made a steady start and, although Will Porterfield hit the first three balls from Smith for four, the scoring rate dipped when the spinners came on.
Peterson and Jake Needham built up pressure that paid off when Porterfield drove Peterson to long-on and was well caught low down by Tim Groenewald for 38 from 49 balls.
Alex Gidman found it increasingly hard to time the ball and, having taken 70 balls to score 45, chipped Needham to midwicket before rain held up play with the visitors 103 for two after 22 overs.
When the match resumed, Gloucestershire were left to score 72 from nine overs and Franklin and Hamish Marshall kept up with the required rate before Jones deceived Marshall with a slower ball that he lobbed to square-leg.
Derbyshire were right back in the contest when Franklin drove Groenewald to cover in the next over and, although Chris Dent drove Smith for four, he drilled Park to long-off with 25 needed from 16 balls.
It was now raining heavily and after Taylor’s hurried two off Park’s next ball, umpires Richard Kettleborough and Trevor Jesty took the players off the field.