Derbyshire coast past Netherlands
Derbyshire 182 for 3 beat Netherlands 181 for 9 by seven wickets
Derbyshire completed a regulation seven-wicket win over Holland in Group B of the Clydesdale Bank 40 in Schiedam.
Solid bowling ensured a modest target of 182 for the visiting side and they eased to it with three overs still to be bowled and just three batsmen in the pavilion.
Chris Rogers and Chesney Hughes ensured there were no dramas, posting 111 for the first wicket to dispel any Derbyshire doubts. Rogers won the toss, opting to field first, and was rewarded early when Tim Groenewald removed opener Eric Szwarczynski for nine.
Mark Footitt also enjoyed success with the new ball, trapping Tom Cooper lbw for six as Holland slipped to 22 for 2. Michael Dighton steadied things but had managed just 16 from 38 deliveries when he was third man out to Steffan Jones in the 14th over.
Jones also accounted for home skipper Peter Borren as regular wickets prevented the batting side building any serious momentum. Groenewald, a little expensive with 42 runs off his six overs, picked up a second wicket when he returned to the attack to remove Wesley Barresi.
From there Holland enjoyed their best partnership of the day, Bas Zuiderent and Mudassar Bukhari adding 76 for the sixth wicket. Zuiderent had compiled 31 from 70 balls before Footitt sent him back but Bukhari was the aggressor - hitting eight fours and three sixes to finish unbeaten with 69. The tail contributed little in support with Footitt and Jones adding to their wicket hauls as Holland finished nine down with 181 on the board.
That was never likely to be enough, especially when the hosts failed to disrupt the Rogers-Hughes partnership with the new ball. Rogers was first out - caught at the wicket off the bowling of Dighton for 56 in the 23rd over - but by then much of the work was done.
Dighton claimed a second wicket when he saw off Greg Smith for 12 but Hughes continued scoring, with five fours and a six propelling him to 72 before he was run out. New man Wayne Madsen wasted no time in securing the two points, hitting the winning runs off his second ball.