Tee helps Derbyshire retain 50+ County Title
Dave Tee guided his Derbyshire side to success as they retained the ECB 50+ County Championship title, the first time in the competitions 28 year history that it has been won in successive seasons by the same County. They beat Lancashire by 4 wickets at Kibworth Cricket Club, Leicestershire and now take their record of winning the Brian Aspital Trophy to three times in the last four years.
Lancashire chose to bat first and after losing opening Mike Ingham in the first over, Glen Bullock (61) helped his team to 50 before losing partner Chris Dearden. Tony Bennett soon followed Dearden back to the pavilion but Dave Bartholomew joined Bullock and this pair put on another half century partnership. This partnership was finally broken by Derbyshire captain Dave Tee, who finished with figures of 2-37 from his nine overs and Lancashire were struggling after losing quick wickets at 153-7, but an unbroken eighth wicket partnership of 31 between Lancashire captain Alan Whiston and Mel Whittle lead them to 184-7 from their 45 overs.
Derbyshire opener Richard Merriman started their innings with some quick boundary hitting but soon came unstuck as he was wonderfully caught by Barry Woodward off the bowling of Whittle, who was the pick of the Lancashire bowlers with 2-29 from his 9 overs. Fellow opener Ray McGuinness also fell soon after but a partnership of 77 between Malcolm Mason and Tee edged Derbyshire towards their victory target. Mason fell for 33 but Tee was then joined by Rob Dumelow, who hit a quick-fire 23 to help move the score to 156-3 before being bowled by the impressive Victor Walcott, who found the edge on numerous occasions with no joy. 156-3 soon became 161-6 as Tee holed out on the boundary for a well-constructed 72 so it was left to Richard Crowther and Mark Bellm to guide Derbyshire home with 5 balls to spare.
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