Phantoms ghost past Foxes
Rogers century ensures derby day honours for Derbyshire
By Joe Drabble. Last Updated: 11/09/09 11:22pm
Rogers: Maiden domestic one-day ton
NatWest Pro40 - Division Two
Leicestershire Foxes 194-8 (J G E Benning 61) v Derbyshire Phantoms 198-1 (C J L Rogers 111 no)
Derbyshire beat Leicestershire by 9 wkts
Derbyshire captain Chris Rogers led the way with his first domestic one-day hundred as Leicestershire were thrashed by nine wickets at the County Ground.
The Australian opener cracked a majestic unbeaten 111 as the home side chased down their 194-8 target with 32 balls to spare.
The two points gained sees the Phantoms leapfrog their East Midlands rivals into fifth place in the Pro40 Division Two table with two games remaining.
Despite losing the toss and four front-line seamers prior to the game, the Phantoms restricted the Foxes on a slow pitch to 194-8 - a total which would have been much lower had it not been for James Benning's 61 from 81 balls.
The former Surrey schemer was forced to look on from the non-striker's end as wickets continued to tumble around him at regular intervals.
Phantoms medium-pacer Tim Groenewald claimed the early wickets of Tom New and Jacques du Toit, however the crucial moment in the Foxes innings came when Benning sent back James Taylor, who was run out for 16.
Benning did make amends however, crashing seven boundaries on his way to 61 before playing all around a straight delivery from Derbyshire off-spinner Jake Needham.
Foxes skipper Boeta Dippenaar managed only 22 off 33 balls before he lifted Greg Smith to long-on and it was left to former Phantoms seamer Wayne White with 34 and 18 from Jigar Naik to carry the Foxes to what appeared a respectable total.
However, Phantoms openers Rogers and Wayne Madsen immediately exploited the powerplay period and the appetising bowling on offer to devastating affect.
The duo took the score along to 99-0 before Madsen was stumped short of his ground for 42 off the bowling of veteran Claude Henderson.
Aussie left-hander Rogers carried on undeterred, scampering two through the off-side to bring up his maiden domestic century before dispatching Benning over long-on for a towering six.
Smith also played sensibly for his unbeaten 37, and the emphatic victory means the Phantoms still have an outside chance of finishing in the top two of the Division Two table.