Wayne Madsen thrashes Derbyshire past Yorkshire despite the rain

Wayne Madsen thrashes Derbyshire past Yorkshire despite the rain

Wayne Madsen thrashes Derbyshire past Yorkshire despite the rain
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Wayne Madsen’s unbeaten 39 off 21 balls in his 400th appearance for the county helped Derbyshire to a nine-wicket victory over Yorkshire as Falcons chased 84 in an eight-over Vitality Blast match at Headingley.

With two wickets in the first over of the match, which started at 8.35pm due to rain, Australian overseas allrounder Hayden Kerr set Derbyshire on their way to a second North Group win in three games, and the left-arm seamer was excellent in returning 2 for 18 from two overs as the Vikings were restricted to 83 for 3.

Dawid Malan’s 50 from 23 balls after being entered anchored their innings. However, the England left-second hander’s consecutive half-century was met with minimal applause, leading to a second defeat in four games.

Madsen, 38, is the 14th player in Derbyshire history to play 400 games in all formats. At the start of the third over, he came to the crease with the score at 15 for 1, struck his first ball for four, and top-scored. With three balls remaining, he and Shan Masood shared an unbroken second-wicket stand of 69 runs.

Rain forced a two-hour and five-minute delay in the game. Derbyshire then got off to a flying start when Adam Lyth chipped Kerr’s opening delivery to mid-off, while Shadab Khan was caught behind trying to scoop five balls later, bringing the score to 2 for 2.

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Yorkshire fought back to reach 21 for 2 at the end of the powerplay – 2.2 overs – with Malan pulling Sam Conners into the Western Terrace for six. In the fourth over, he pulled Kerr over midwicket for a flat six, bringing the total up to 36 for 2.

Malan’s innings was more muscle than finesse, but he did catapult Scotland left-arm spinner Mark Watt for four as he neared fifty from 22 balls. In the seventh over, however, Watt had him caught at deep midwicket, reducing the score to 65 for 3.

Malan not only fell for exactly 50 for the second time in as many games – he did so against Leicestershire here on Sunday – but it was also the second time he had left the ball after achieving his milestone.

The Vikings would have hoped for more after being 55 for 2 after five overs. However, they only struck two fours and a six in the last three overs, with Will Fraine hitting a four and a pulled six off George Scrimshaw’s last two balls of the innings.

Following a mix-up with opener Masood at the start of the third over, Derbyshire’s Luis Reece was run out coming back for two to deep square-leg. Madsen, on the other hand, got right to work, hitting Matthew Revis for four with his first pitch.

Masood Ali smashed Jordan Thompson for six over long-on to reduce Pakistan to 44 for 1 after four overs, and Adil Rashid was slog swept over midwicket shortly after.

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This, on the other hand, was Madsen’s night. He sliced Haris Rauf for six over wide third and reverse swept Rashid for six with the first ball of the penultimate over, with eight needed from the last over.

 

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