Wes Durston inspired Derbyshire to a 52-run defeat of Yorkshire with one over remaining in the Clydesdale Bank 40 League encounter at Headingley yesterday.
It left Yorkshire still seeking their first win in the competition in what has been a generally depressing start to the season, while their opponents claimed a second victory in as many days over the Bank Holiday period.
Derbyshire owed a great deal to Durston, who contributed 95 to his side’s competitive 245 for eight and then helped to contain Yorkshire to 193 with three wickets for 25 runs.
Captain Andrew Gale and Adam Lyth started out promisingly for Yorkshire but after they had added 35 in seven overs, Lyth fell to a great two-handed catch by Garry Park.
Sheffield’s Joe Root joined Gale in a profitable stand in which Gale used his feet well to drive Tim Groenewald for a big six but accurate bowling and keen fielding never allowed the pair to take control, despite Gale completing his half-century from 62 balls.
They added 90 in 18 overs before Root attempted a reverse sweep at too full a ball from Durston and was lbw for 45 and further pressure was applied on Yorkshire when Jonathan Bairstow drove Chesney Hughes straight into the hands of Wayne Madsen at long-off. But it was the departure of Gale, for 74, which really spelled the end for his team after he had faced 86 balls and struck four fours.