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Sunday, 22 September, 2002, 17:49 GMT 18:49 UK
Crusaders rooted to bottom spot
Norwich Union League D2, Derby: Derbyshire (4pts) 210-8 (45 overs) beat Middlesex (0pts) 188 all out (43.3 overs) by 22 runs

Derbyshire condemned Middlesex to a bottom-placed finish in the National League with an 22-run win at the County Ground.

The Crusaders have endured a pitiful season in the one-day game, contrasting with their excellent form in the championship, and this match was no exception.

Chasing the hosts' 210 for eight, Middlesex made a terrible start with openers Sven Koenig and Robin Weston both departing for first-ball ducks.

Paul Weekes and Nick Compton fared a little better both making it into the teens before their innings were ended by Graeme Welch.

At that stage Middlesex had crumpled to 34 for four but Ed Joyce continued his recent good form as he and Jamie Dalrymple rebuilt the innings.

Together the pair added 98 for the fifth wicket before Joyce was undone by the off-spin of Nathan Dumelow for 58.

Despite the presence of Ben Hutton batting at seven there was no sting from the Middlesex tail as they consistently lost wickets from then on.

Only Hutton and Chad Keegan managed double figures and when Dalrymple became one of Graeme Welch's six victims for 52, the game was up.

Fittingly, Welch claimed last man Tim Bloomfield's wicket to wrap up the Middlesex innings for 188, and finish with figures of six for 31.

Earlier, Steven Selwood continued his good late season form with a half-century that formed the backbone of Derbyshire's innings.

As wickets clattered around him, Selwood stood firm in an unbeaten 81, after coming to the wicket at 29 for two.

That soon got worse when Steve Stubbings (18) and Dominic Hewson (9) departed but a partnership of 64 for the fifth wicket with Matt Dowman (33) rebuilt the innings.

Two more cheap wickets saw the Scorpions wobbling on 155 for seven but a late burst from Luke Sutton (15) and Kevin Dean (16 not out) took their side past 200.


Derbyshire: S D Stubbings, C W G Bassano, N R C Dumelow, D R Hewson, S A Selwood, M P Dowman, J I D Kerr, G Welch, L D Sutton (Capt, Wkt), K J Dean, N E L Gunter.

Middlesex: R M S Weston, S G Koenig (Capt), P N Weekes, N R D Compton, E C Joyce, J W M Dalrymple, B L Hutton, D Alleyne (Wkt), T A Hunt, T F Bloomfield, C B Keegan.

Umpires: V A Holder and T E Jesty

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