Hughes gets 66 but Derbyshire lose

London, England, CMC – Derbyshire’s Leeward Islands left-hander Chesney Hughes top scored with 66 but failed to prevent a 34-run loss to Middlesex in the Clydesdale Bank 40 limited overs tournament here Sunday.

Chasing 254 for victory, Derbyshire were dismissed for 219 off 35.4 overs, to miss out on the chance to go second in Group A. Playing at Chesterfield, the 20-year-old Hughes gave Derbyshire momentum at the top of the order after they lost New Zealander Martin Guptill without scoring to the fifth ball of the innings.

Hughes hammered five fours and two sixes off 69 balls, anchoring two successive partnerships that keep the hosts in the hunt. He posted 40 from 37 balls for the second wicket with Wes Durston (12) before adding a further 68 with Wayne Madsen (50) for the third wicket.

When Hughes fell to a catch at backward square off left-arm spinner Tom Smith in the 20th over, the innings plunged into decline.

Earlier, Paul Stirling hit 109 to lay the foundation for Middlesex, after they were sent in. Stirling hit six fours and six sixes off 81 balls but benefitted from a reprieve when 51 after Madsen dropped him at deep midwicket off Hughes’ left-arm spin which accounted for two wickets for 39 runs from eight overs.

At Northampton, former Jamaica and West Indies off-spinner Gareth Breese had no such luck with the ball but his Durham still beat Northamptonshire by eight wickets. The right-armer claimed one for 55 off eight overs as Northants were limited to 247 for seven after opting to bat.

Opener Phil Mustard then slammed an unbeaten 139 off 93 balls to lead Durham to victory with nearly 10 overs to spare.

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