Natwest T20 Blast Wrap: Godleman, Madsen power Derbyshire to comprehensive win

Worcestershire vs Derbyshire, North Group

186 read enough at half-time in the North Group clash between Derbyshire and hosts Worcestershire on Wednesday (July 19) but the tourists’ explosive start at the top backed by an unbeaten fifty by their in-form batsman Wayne Madsen ensured that the daunting task was achieved rather comfortably with ten balls to spare in the innings.

Worcestershire lost an early wicket but a quickfire 18-ball 42 from opener Joe Clarke set the tone in the favour of the home side. Brett D’Oliveira and Ben Cox held the innings together nicely with their more than run-a-ball innings but it was the last minute fireworks from John Hastings that took the side to 186 as he hit two sixes and a four in the three balls he faced. Ross Whiteley was impressive for his 28-ball 39.

Joy didn’t last long for the hosts as Derbyshire got off to an express start, smashing 64 in the first five overs. While opener Matthew Critchley was out for a 16-ball 31, his partner Billy Godleman carried on longer to storm his way to 70 off just 42 balls, not without two sixes and seven fours. Godleman seemed all set to carry his bat through but his dismissal in the 17th over came as an anti-climax. Madsen’s rich vein of form saw him compile an unbeaten 35-ball 58 while skipper Gary Wilson hit a quickfire 17 to seal the deal in just 18.2 overs with seven wickets in the kitty. With this win, Derbyshire returned to winning ways after having lost to Lancashire in their previous game.

Brief Scores: Worcestershire 185/5 in 20 overs (Joe Clarke 42, Ben Cox 40*; Wayne Madsen 2-20) lost to Derbyshire 189/3 in 18.2 overs (Billy Godleman 70, Wayne Madsen 58*; Mitchell Santner 2-27) by seven wickets.

Surrey vs Essex, South Group

On a day when Kevin Pietersen decides to entertain, very few in world cricket match up to his big-hitting prowess and Wednesday was one such day when the former England batsman smashed as many as five sixes to race away to a 35-ball 52. That aside, Surrey had nothing to boast of in their batting performance as they lost both their openers in the space of one run and four deliveries after they put up a 40-run opening stand. Pietersen didn’t give up as wickets around him tumbled and he went past his fifty. The other stalwart in the side, Kumar Sangakkara, though suffered a rare failure. Once Pietersen was out in the 16th over, Surrey once again looked rudderless but they somehow managed to touch the 150-run mark, which turned out to be enough on the day.

Chasing 151 to win, Essex got off to a solid start with their openers adding a very similar opening stand of 47. Both openers though fell in quick succession that triggered a collapse in their batting line-up. Tom Westley and Adam Wheater fell in the 12th over on the same score, and that allowed Surrey to bounce back into the contest. Ravi Bopara and Ryan ten Doeschate threatened to take the game away with a measured approach but Bopara’s wicket put the pressure back on their side. With 30 needed off the last two overs, the Dutchman collected 11 off the penultimate over courtesy two back to back boundaries. 19 off the final over proved to be too much as Tom Curran bowling the final over conceded only eight to secure a victory for Surrey, who registered their second win against Essex in the competition.

Brief Scores: Surrey 150/9 in 20 overs (Kevin Pietersen 52; Paul Walter 3-24) beat Essex 140/7 in 20 overs (Ryan ten Doeschate 28*, Varun Chopra 27; Gareth Batty 2-19, Tom Curran 2-24) by 10 runs.

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