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Derbyshire end misery in last over.

Byline: SIMON WILSON

DERBYSHIRE signed off a miserable season on a high note when they beat Lancashire by six wickets in a match reduced to 25 overs a side.

Chris Bassano and Nathan Dumelow steered their side past Lancashire's 159-5 with four balls to spare after Chris Schofield had taken three wickets in four overs.

The victory ended Derbyshire's dismal run of eight defeats.

Half-centuries from Tim Roberts and Joe Scuderi had taken Lancashire to a challenging total after the match started two-and-a-half hours late because of overnight rain.

Roberts, playing in only his second Norwich Union League game, played superbly to revive his side after they had slipped to 41-3.

Ryan Driver was lbw for nine to Paul Aldred and Graham Lloyd was pinned on the crease by Kevin Dean in the next over.

Mark Chilton was stumped for 16 off Dean but Roberts responded with some thrilling strokes to reach 50 off only 41 balls with a six and nine fours.

He was out in the 23rd over driving Nathan Dumelow to short mid-wicket but Scuderi gave the innings a late flourish by hitting the off-spinner for three fours.

Derbyshire started badly when Steve Stubbings was lbw to James Anderson in the first over but Michael Di Venuto and Steve Selwood put on 82 in 11 overs to give the home side the advantage.

Selwood hit 33 from 30 balls before he hit a full toss back to Schofield who then bowled Di Venuto for 56 as the Tasmanian aimed to drive through mid-wicket.

When Mathew Dowman was bowled in Schofield's next over for two, Derbyshire were starting to wobble.

Dumelow drove Driver down the ground for four and when Anderson started the penultimate over with three wides, Derbyshire were back in control.

They went into the last over needing two for victory and Bassano settled it by driving Glen Chapple over extra cover although the win was not enough to lift Derbyshire off the bottom of Division Two.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Sep 17, 2001
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