Norwich Union League: Derbyshire v Lancashire at Derby, 16 Sep 2001|
DERBYSHIRE END WOEFUL SEASON ON A HIGHDerbyshire ended an eight-match losing streak when they beat Lancashire by six wickets to end a grim season on a winning note.
Chris Bassano took Derbyshire past Lancashire's 159-5 when he hit the second ball of the last over from Glen Chapple over extra cover for four.
Lancashire's total looked a formidable one in a match reduced to 25 overs a side by overnight rain which delayed the start by two-and-a-half hours.
Tim Roberts, playing in only his second National League game, made a high-class half-century from only 41 balls while Joe Scuderi hit an unbeaten 50.
Derbyshire lost Steve Stubbings in the first over but Michael Di Venuto and Steve Selwood put the home side in charge with a stand of 82 in 11 overs.
Di Venuto raced to 50 off only 39 balls and Selwood hit 33 from 30 balls before he hit a full toss back to Chris Schofield.
Di Venuto was then bowled as he moved out to whip Schofield through mid-wicket and when Mathew Dowman fell in the leg spinner's next over, Derbyshire had slipped from 91-1 to 117-4.
But Bassano and Nathan Dumelow made sure they did not throw the game away and Derbyshire were given a helping hand when James Anderson started the penultimate over with three wides.
With only two needed from the last over, Bassano settled the match in style but Derbyshire's fourth victory of the season could not take them off the bottom of Division Two.
Roberts hammered 50 from 41 balls, with 42 coming in boundaries, and with Joe Scuderi making an unbeaten 50, Lancashire reached 159-5.
Heavy overnight rain delayed the start by two-and-a-half hours and after Lancashire won the toss and batted, Derbyshire made early breakthroughs.
Ryan Driver was lbw playing back and across to Paul Aldred in the fourth over and Graham Lloyd went the same way in the next over when he was caught on the crease by Kevin Dean.
Mark Chilton was stumped off Dean for 16 but Roberts played some superb shots, driving Lian Wharton over long-on for six and twice pulling Mathew Dowman through wide mid-on for four.
He was caught at short mid-wicket charging Nathan Dumelow for 55 but Scudari hit the off-spinner for three fours in the same over and although Warren Hegg went cheaply, Chris Schofield helped Scudari take Lancashire to a challenging total.
Date-stamped : 16 Sep2001 - 22:39