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Last Updated: Sunday, 24 June 2007, 16:07 GMT 17:07 UK
Windies suffer Twenty20 setback
Twenty20 match, Derby: Derbyshire 135-6 (20 overs) beat West Indies 84 (15.4 overs) by 51 runs

Darren Sammy bowls Travis Birt
Darren Sammy bowls Travis Birt but Derbyshire had the last laugh

West Indies were let down by their batsmen as they lost to Derbyshire by 51 runs in a warm-up for their Twenty20 double-header against England.

After restricting the county side to just 135-6, they were then bowled out for 84 in 15.4 overs.

Newcomer Austin Richards Jr made 25 at the top of the order, but only two other players reached double figures.

Left-arm spinner Ant Botha and seamer Tom Lungley shared the bowling honours, taking four wickets each.


Despite facing a moderate target, the tourists never recovered from the loss of skipper Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels to successive deliveries from Lungley and threw away wickets with a series of loose strokes.

Lendl Simmons fell to Kevin Dean and when Dwayne Bravo became Botha's first victim, stumped by keeper Jamie Pipe for 12, they were in deep trouble on 45-4.

Richards and Dwayne Smith added 22 before Richards fell in similar fashion to Bravo and the last five wickets went down in tame fashion for just 17 runs - Lungley picking up the last two to finish with 4-11 from 2.4 overs.

Botha's return was 4-14 and left West Indies with plenty to think about as they prepare to face England's Monty Panesar at The Oval on Thursday and Friday.

"We haven't played enough of this type of cricket, particularly at international level. This is only our second Twenty20 game so they are still coming to grips with it.

Simon Katich
Simon Katich hits a boundary during Derbyshire's innings

"But there is also such a thing as basic cricket knowledge and understanding and they should have applied that this afternoon," said coach David Moore.

"It is not about learning new skills. It is about applying your knowledge. We missed a lot of opportunities for singles. There were too many attempted big hits rather than working the ball around."

The only comfort for West Indies was a creditable performance by their bowlers during the Derbyshire innings as they restricted the home side to 6.75 runs per over.

Ravi Rampaul and Darren Sammy underlined their return to fitness with a wicket apiece and Gayle picked up2-15 with his off-spin.

But Derbyshire captain Simon Katich made 31 off 28 balls before giving Gayle a return catch and useful contributions from Chris Taylor (28 not out) and Mick Dighton (27 off 19) saw them to a total which ultimately proved well beyond their opponents.

Despite the result, Moore insisted there was no problem with his side's morale.

"The damage is not irreparable. We have got opportunities and we know what we've got to do. It was pretty straightforward. We need to apply ourselves more to the task," he added.

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