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Hughes helps Derbyshire home

Chesney Hughes

Chesney Hughes contributed a measured 72 to Derbyshire's untroubled pursuit of 182 to beat the Netherlands in Schiedam

Derbyshire completed a regulation seven-wicket win over the Netherlands in Group B of the Clydesdale Bank 40 in Schiedam.

Solid bowling restricted the hosts to 181 for nine, and they eased to a modest target with three overs to spare.

Chris Rogers and Chesney Hughes ensured there were no dramas, posting 111 for the first wicket to dispel any Derbyshire doubts.

Derbyshire captain Rogers won the toss, opting to field first, and was rewarded early when Tim Groenewald removed opener Eric Szwarczynski for nine.

Mark Footitt also enjoyed success with the new ball, trapping Tom Cooper lbw for six as the Netherlands slipped to 22 for two.

Former Derbyshire batsman Michael Dighton steadied the ship somewhat but had managed just 16 from 38 deliveries when he was third man out to Steffan Jones in the 14th over.

Jones also accounted for skipper Peter Borren as regular wickets prevented the Netherlands building any serious momentum.

Groenewald, a little expensive with 42 runs off his six overs, picked up a second wicket when he returned to the attack to remove Wesley Barresi.

From there the Netherlands enjoyed their best partnership of the day, Bas Zuiderent and Mudassar Bukhari adding 76 for the sixth wicket.

Zuiderent had compiled 31 from 70 balls by the time he fell to Footitt, but Bukhari was the aggressor, hitting eight fours and three sixes to finish unbeaten with 69.

That was never likely to be enough, especially when the hosts failed to break the Rogers-Hughes partnership with the new ball.

Rogers was first out - caught at the wicket off Dighton for 56 in the 23rd over - but by then much of the work was done.

Dighton claimed a second wicket when he removed Greg Smith for 12 but Hughes continued to score freely, five fours and a six propelling him to 72 before he was run out and Wayne Madsen wrapped up victory.