Close Finish in Derby
By David Hinchliffe
West overcome the Dale
This match swung back and forth through the day and although the dramatic finish will be remembered, it was a solid all-round team performance that got West ahead and kept in front until the end.
Clydesdale batting cautiously for a long period, not losing wickets but also scoring at a below par rate. It took 39 overs to get to 100. Farndale, McNulty and Smith all attacked the stumps and used a pitch with variable bounce and grip to their advantage.
There was a late rally where Clydesdale scored 38 in the last 36 balls but it came too late and the consensus was Clydesdale were 20 runs behind a par score with 161.
West were never in danger of losing based on run rate, scoring 43 runs in the first 10. At the 28 over mark the score was 109-5 (compared to Clydesdale’s 70) and time was not an issue. Kleinveldt with a run an ball 34 was the highlight.
Losing three wickets between over 21-28 required a recovery from the lower order, which was aided by the smart start of the top order. When the 7th wicket fell, bringing McNulty to the crease, there was an understandable drop in the rate, but a patiently constructed pair of partnership between McNulty, Corner and Smith saw West over the line.