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Durham defeats Derbyshire under the leadership of Graham Clark

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Derbyshire 306 (Madsen 65, Guest 63, Pretorius 4-56) were defeated by Durham 333 for 8 (Clark 89, Trevaskis 76, Lees 62, Jones 56, Thomson 3-53) by 27 runs.

Durham defeated Derbyshire Falcons by 27 runs at Seat Unique Riverside to earn their second victory in as many games in the Metro Bank One-Day Cup.

The home team was led by Graham Clark, who scored 89 points from 78 balls and had a 142-point opening combination with Alex Lees. However, Alex Thomson went 3 for 53 for the Falcons, which caused a middle-order collapse, and Liam Trevaskis’ career-high 76 to propel Durham to a respectable total of 333 for 8.

After excellent innings from Wayne Madsen and Brooke Guest, Derbyshire appeared to be in position to chase down the score. However, the visitors kept losing wickets, and Durham was able to secure their second victory of the year with to four strikes from Migael Pretorius.

Durham made a measured start to the game after being inserted as Lees and Clark took some time to adjust to the new ball. Sam Conners and Suranga Lakmal dominated the early action, giving up only 23 runs in the first six overs.

To quicken the innings, Clark and Lees started to find their range against the Derbyshire change bowlers. The first three overs of Mark Watt were destroyed by the two players for 31 runs, including a flat six by Clark over the leg-side boundary.

Clark obtained his third listing. A fifty straight up to keep up his great form. Lees continued his teammate’s scoring streak with a second fifty-plus total, helping the hosts surpass the 100-run threshold in the process.

However, a miscommunication between Clark and Lees allowed the Falcons to reenter the game and end the left-hander’s 62-pitch streak. The home team lost ground after going from 142 without loss to 182 for four as David Bedingham and Ben McKinney both suffered cheap losses as Clark fell 11 runs short of a well-deserved century.

Thomson gave the guests control of the middle ground, applying the brakes and putting the onus on the hosts. He struck twice in two balls to get rid of Scott Borthwick and Jonathan Bushnell. After surviving the hat-trick ball, Trevaskis started to reassemble the innings.

Durham passed the 300-run threshold thanks to a seventh-wicket stand of 80 runs off 61 balls between Trevaskis and Jones. Trevaskis’ career-high score of 76 not out helped the hosts build on their promising start and give Derbyshire a challenging afternoon chase.

Harry Came set the tone for the visitors’ response, who scored early goals against Luke Robinson and Migael Pretorius. Luis Reece was removed by Trevaskis after he took a sharp return catch to break the opening stand for 48.

Before misfiring on a drive down to third man George Drissell, Came caused difficulties with a quick 33-ball 44. Scott Borthwick then got David Lloyd for 30, dropping Derbyshire to 105 for three.

When Haider Ali joined Madsen in the middle, he quickly added runs and drove Borthwick into the ground for two sixes. He and Madsen accumulated 50 runs together for the fourth wicket when he was lbw to George Drissell.

Despite losing wickets, Derbyshire maintained their run rate, which was above seven per over at the halfway point.

Madsen assumed command of the pursuit and cruised to a 43-ball fifty. When Pretorius brought Durham back into the game, the fifth and sixth Derbyshire wickets fell in consecutive deliveries, giving the impression that he and Brooke Guest were at ease. Jones was selected by Madsen, and Matty McKiernan was ejected on the first pitch.

With a faultless half-century, Guest kept the chase going and pressured the Durham bowlers. To shift the game in Durham’s direction, it took a spectacular diving catch from McKinney in the deep to get rid of him for 63, and it took Lees another to get rid of Thomson for a well-made 35. Pretorious and Bushnell took the final two Derbyshire wickets as the hosts were decisive at the end to win by 27 runs.

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