PETE Steindl’s youthful Saltires were yesterday given a painful lesson as Derbyshire cruised to a comfortable Yorkshire Bank 40 victory at The Grange.
Having posted a disappointing 182-9, the Scots were powerless to prevent Chesney Hughes and West Indies master Shivnarine Chanderpaul from seizing the initiative.
Indeed the home bowlers rarely threatened to take a wicket as the Derbyshire openers made light work of their task.
Gordon Drummond did miss one extremely difficult return catch while Majid Haq turned one delivery past the edge of Hughes’s bat.
Other than that it was a stroll in the park during a partnership of 120 runs in less than 24 overs which put the outcome beyond any doubt.
Hughes was the more belligerent, announcing his intentions with back-to-back boundaries off Calvin Burnett.
There were nine boundaries in total from the hard-hitting left-hander who also hoisted a six over the midwicket rope.
He had reached 74 at better than a run a ball when he was superbly caught by the diving Freddie Coleman as Preston Mommsen’s golden arm belatedly made the breakthrough.
Chanderpaul, though, remained typically obdurate and in no hurry on the way to an inevitable half-century.
The landmark came from 76 deliveries and included five boundaries. He was out shortly afterwards as Drummond finally got his reward for an excellent eight-over spell that cost just 21 runs.
Haq then bowled Wayne Madsen and Michael Leask removed Paul Borrington but the wickets were no more than a consolation as county eased home with 14 balls to spare.
The Saltires’ innings had followed a familiar pattern of unfulfilled promise.
Calum MacLeod’s man-of-the-match display for the Reivers was not enough to earn him a recall but the experiment of opening with youngsters Matty Cross and Coleman backfired as both had departed within the first six overs. Cross had stroked boundaries on both sides of the wicket off Mark Footitt before he chased a wide one from Mark Turner and was caught behind.
Coleman followed soon after when he skied a catch to Madsen, giving Footitt the first of his five wickets.
Ewan Chalmers, making his first appearance of the season, also went cheaply and, when Richie Berrington departed for 16, the Saltires were in trouble on 51-4. But a half-century partnership between Mommsen and Moneeb Iqbal effected repairs with the former playing the lead role.
The skipper stroked four boundaries in his 48-ball 42 but, in attempting to increase the run-rate, succeeded only in lobbing a simple catch to Madsen at mid-off.
Leask’s first innings in Saltires colours featured two glorious straight sixes as the Stoneywood-Dyce youngster made 21 from only 19 deliveries.
However, he was unable to clear the field when attempting to despatch an Alex Hughes full toss.
Following Leask’s dismissal, the run-rate slowed down once more to the extent that the Scots managed just one boundary in the last 12 overs, although Iqbal scampered between the wickets to good effect in his 38.
Footitt was the pick of the county bowlers, securing his best one-day figures of 5-28.
The Saltires will seek their first win of the campaign when they entertain Surrey at The Grange today.
M H Cross c Johnson b Turner 11
F R J Coleman c Madsen b Footitt 10
E F Chalmers c Burgoyne b Footitt 7
R D Berrington c Johnson b A L Hughes 16
P L Mommsen c Madsen b Turner 42
M M Iqbal c Johnson b Footitt 38
M A Leask c Burgoyne b C F Hughes 21
R M Haq b Footitt 16
G Goudie c Johnson b Footitt 1
C G Burnett not out 11
G D Drummond not out 2
Extras (lb2 w3 nb2) 7
Total (9 wkts, 40 overs) 182
Fall: 1-12 2-25 3-31 4-51 5-106 6-137 7-156 8-158 9-179. Bowling: Turner 8 0 39 2; Footitt 8 0 28 5; C F Hughes 8 0 21 2; Wainwright 8 0 47 0; Burgoyne 8 0 45 0.
C F Hughes c Coleman b Mommsen 74
S Chanderpaul c & b Drummond 54
P M Borrington c Mommsen b Leask 21
W L Madsen b Haq 4
B A Godleman not out 21
R M Johnson not out 7
Extras (w5) 5
Total (4 wkts, 37.4 overs) 186
Fall: 1-120 2-134 3-142 4-172. Bowling: Burnett 4 0 30 0; Goudie 5 1 22 0; Haq 8 0 37 1; Drummond 8 0 21 1; Leask 3.4 0 22 1; Iqbal 1 0 12 0; Mommsen 8 0 42 1.
Derbyshire won by 6 wickets