Madsen fifty in vain
Derbyshire 169 for 5 (Madsen 54, Hughes 48, Collingwood 2-24) v Durham
Wayne Madsen's second successive swift half-century for Derbyshire against Durham proved in vain as their Friends Life t20 clash was washed out mid-match at Chester-le-Street. Despite not being a powerful hitter, the South African followed his 28-ball half-century at Derby on Friday evening by reaching 50 off only 25 deliveries.
The visitors scored 169 for 5, 14 fewer than in Friday's five-run home win, but rain prevented Durham from beginning their reply. By the time Madsen was out for 54 in the 19th over the drizzle which had started in the 10th over was growing heavier.
Dale Benkenstein put Derbyshire in and gave the first over to Chris Rushworth, who was dispatched to the boundary four times in succession by Martin Guptill. The New Zealander followed Friday's 35-ball half-century by threatening something even better as he also cut and pulled the last two balls of the third over, bowled by Mitch Claydon, for four.
Graham Onions conceded only one run off the second over, when he also had Wes Durston caught at third man, and in tandem with Liam Plunkett he kept a tight rein on Guptill after his flying start. With Chesney Hughes initially struggling to time the ball, the score had limped along to 66 in the 11th over when Plunkett accepted a return catch to send back Guptill for 44, made off 31 balls.
Plunkett's first three overs cost only 16 but his fourth went for 15 as he bowled two leg-side wides either side of Madsen flipping him for six just over the head of Ian Blackwell at long leg. The left-handed Hughes also began to middle the ball, lifting offspinner Gareth Breese over long-on and hitting a second six over midwicket off Paul Collingwood.
England's Twenty20 World Cup winning captain had not bowled on Friday but came on for the 15th over and took 2 for 24 in three overs. Hughes fell for 48 in going for another big hit off Breese, then Madsen reached his 50 by turning Collingwood to fine leg for his seventh four before the same bowler had him caught behind. Also in the 19th over, Garry Park swung a second catch to Gordon Muchall at deep midwicket.
The washout left both teams in the bottom four of the northern group.