Wayne Madsen‘s ton gave Derbyshire the perfect start to The Royal London One-Day Cup, which saw a full round of fixtures take place on Sunday, reports Gareth Stevens.
In Group A, Leicestershire made first use of the wicket at Grace Road in their One-Day Cup opener against Derbyshire. After a good start they lost wickets at regular intervals to finish their 50 overs on 248-8.
The visitors had no trouble in chasing down the modest target, winning by seven wickets with nearly five overs remaining. In form batsmen Wayne Madsen registered his century off just 93 balls and finished unbeaten on 105 off 99 deliveries.
Elsewhere, Northamptonshire travelled to Cheltenham to beat Gloucestershire by four wickets with a massive 47 balls to spare. Australian Michael Klinger scored 98 to lead the hosts to a competitive 240-9 in their allotted overs.
The chase got off to a terrible start as Kyle Coetzer went for a duck, but Richard Levi counter-attacked with 43 off 39 balls at the top of the order. His innings put Northants well above the required rate and allowed the middle order to see the side home.
The Group B games, also played on Sunday, produced lots of runs and no shortage of entertainment. Somerset beat Durham by 5 wickets in a high-scoring encounter at Taunton. The visitors won the toss and decided to make first use of a flat wicket. Keaton Jennings chipped in with a run-a-ball 45 to help Durham post 311-7 in their 50 overs.
The two South Africans in Somerset’s bowling ranks delivered contrasting performances. Tim Groenewald displayed all his skills to return figures of 2-44 in 10 overs, while Alfonso Thomas wasn’t up to his usual standards. He conceded 77 runs in his ration of overs.
After a shaky start, the middle order guided the hosts to a comfortable win. Colin Ingram scored 31, but unbeaten centuries from James Hildreth and Lewis Gregory sealed victory with 20 balls to spare.
Glamorgan got the better of Surrey at Woodbridge Road. The Welsh county won the toss and elected to chase. Surrey did a good job of applying the pressure by putting the runs on the board, 307 of them.
Despite the early loss of Jacques Rudolph for 10, Glamorgan were always in the game. An inventive 74 from Zimbabwean Murray Goodwin shifted the momentum and allowed the visitors to get home with 9 balls remaining to claim a three wicket victory.