Wagg and Footitt demolish Middlesex
Derbyshire 192 for 7 beat Middlesex 110 by 81 runs (D/L method)
Derbyshire celebrated their 1,000th one-day game with a crushing 81-run victory over fellow strugglers Middlesex in the Clydesdale Bank 40 league under the County Ground floodlights.
Graham Wagg and Mark Footitt each bagged three wickets to blow away the Panthers who never threatened to get close to the Falcons total of 192 for 7 which was built around Wayne Madsen's unbeaten 71 from 78 balls - his best limited-overs score.
Madsen dragged the Falcons out of a hole after Pedro Collins had taken three early wickets, but there was no way back for the Panthers after Wagg reduced them to 29 for 4 and they were skittled for 110 in bowler-friendly conditions.
The Falcons had also started badly in a Group B game reduced to 38 overs a side by rain when Collins exploited an overcast evening and a damp pitch to knock over the top order as the home side slumped to 49 for 4.
Collins got the ball to swing late to bowl Stephen Adshead and Chesney Hughes before skipper Greg Smith gloved an attempted pull to the wicketkeeper. A stunning one-handed slip catch by Owais Shah removed Wes Durston for 18 but Madsen supervised an impressive recovery.
Dan Redfern started the revival by scoring 23 out of a 51-run stand in 10 overs with Madsen before Wagg and Jon Clare provided some acceleration in the closing overs. Madsen anchored the fightback with a 61-ball half-century and with Wagg and Clare he shared stands of 48 and 41 in the last 12 overs.
That left the Panthers to hunt down a victory target of 192 but Wagg matched Collins's opening spell to shatter their top order. Scott Newman was caught behind for a duck off the second ball of the innings and Shah made only eight before he dragged the ball into his stumps.
Dawid Malan drove away from his body to be caught at point, and the visitors were on the slide when John Simpson drove Smith tamely into the hands of short extra cover in the next over. Smith opted to bowl Wagg out to try to remove the last of the recognised batsmen but it was Footitt who condemned the Panthers to defeat by striking three times in his first two overs.
Gareth Berg was beaten for pace and pinned lbw before Durston matched Shah's earlier effort by pouching a great catch at second slip to send back Tom Scollay for a duck.
When Shaun Udal edged a drive, Middlesex had lost three wickets for five runs and although skipper Neil Dexter scored 30, there were still 10.3 overs left when Derbyshire completed a resounding victory under the Duckworth/Lewis Method.