Second XI Trophy report: Warwickshire at Derbyshire
A stylish century from Liam Banks laid the foundation for Warwickshire to complete a 61-run Second XI Trophy victory over Derbyshire at Hem Heath.
Banks struck 114 (126 balls, 14 fours, four sixes) out of the Bears’ total of 297 for eight.
Derbyshire’s reply was soon in turmoil at 11 for three and, though they recovered partially, they were all out for 236, with Olly Hannon-Dalby (three for 31) and Josh Poysden (three for 48) the leading wicket-takers.
The Bears chose to bat first and after the early loss of Ed Pollock for six (no fours, one six!), Banks added 95 in 18 overs with Andy Umeed 35 (48 balls, five fours) and 129 in 19 with Adam Hose (68, 60 balls, seven fours, three sixes).
Late impetus was then added by Alex Mellor who hit three sixes in a spectacular 11-ball cameo which brought him an unbeaten 25.
The home side’s reply was immediately damaged by two wickets for Hannon-Dalby and one for Aaron Thomason. Tom Wood defied with 56 (90 balls, eight fours, one six) but when he fell lbw to Poysden’s third ball, Derbyshire were 111 for five.
As spinners Poysden and Alex Thomson shared five wickets, the home slid to 177 for nine before a merry last-wicket stand of 59 between and Will Davis and Jamie Sykes was ended by Hannon-Dalby.