August 11, 2003

Kaif leads Derbyshire to rare victory

Wisden Cricinfo staff

National League Division One

Glamorgan 198 for 3 beat Warwickshire 196 all out by seven wickets at Sophia Gardens
Only Trevor Penney (64) made a real impression with the bat as Warwickshire struggled against the bowling of Adrian Dale - 3 for 16 - and Dean Cosker (3 for 44). Glamorgan's run-chase was a formality once Robert Croft blazed his way to 71 at the top of the order. Matthew Maynard and David Hemp then administered the last rites.

Leicestershire 90 for 4 beat Essex 212 for 6 by six wickets (D/L method) at Grace Road
Andy Flower held the Essex innings together with a superb 103 (113 balls), but it wasn't enough to edge out Leicestershire in a truncated match at Grace Road. With the innings reduced to 43.3 overs, Flower combined with Darren Robinson (35) and Aftab Habib to post a competitive total. Phil DeFreitas and Darren Stevens got Leicestershire off to a good start, but the D/L target became stiffer with the fall of wickets. Needing 89 from 16 overs, they got there with two deliveries to spare.

National League Division Two

Derbyshire 163 for 4 beat Sussex 160 for 6 by six wickets (D/L method) at the County Ground
Mohammad Kaif and Dominic Hewson combined to guide Derbyshire to a six-wicket victory, with seven balls remaining. Kaif made 55 from 62 balls, and Hewson chipped in with a 29-ball 39. Sussex's total owed much to a 55-ball 60 from Matthew Prior, but good bowling from Graeme Welch (2 for 27) and Dominic Cork (2 for 34) restricted them to a below-par total in another match interrupted by rain.

Middlesex 210 for 8 beat Durham 203 for 6 by 7 runs at Lord's
Middlesex eked out a narrow victory thanks largely to Tim Bloomfield's superb bowling (4 for 36). Ed Joyce and Simon Cook had almost single-handedly taken Middlesex past 200, after Neil Killeen - who bowled a beautiful spell to finish with 5 for 33 - and Mark Davies cut through the top order. Durham's response was anchored by Gary Pratt (63*), but despite contributions from Nicky Peng (41) and Gordon Muchall (44), it was Middlesex, and Bloomfield, who had the final word.

Hampshire 335 for 6 beat Somerset 219 all out by 116 runs at the County Ground in Taunton
Simon Katich, who cracked a magnificent 106 from 88 balls, and John Crawley - with a far from sedate 92 (64 balls) - were instrumental in this comprehensive rout of Somerset. John Francis made 50 too, as Somerset's bowlers - the exception being Nixon McLean, who took 3 for 51 - were taken apart. Chaminda Vaas then got Jamie Cox fourth ball to start Somerset's slide to defeat. Ian Blackwell (43) and Keith Parsons were the only ones to offer any resistance as Hampshire wrapped up the innings with 8.5 overs to spare. Shaun Udal finished with 3 for 36.