DERBY, England (CMC):
South African Ant Botha produced a telling all-round effort for Derbyshire to beat struggling West Indies A by 30 runs in their one-day tour match at County Ground yesterday.
Electing to bat, Derbyshire piled up a commanding 306 for six off their 50 overs and West Indies A, in spite of a fighting knock of 95 from Runako Morton, replied with 276 all out in 46.1 overs to stretch their winless streak on the summer tour to four games.
Botha stroked an unbeaten 46 in Derbyshire's total and snared five wickets with his left-arm spin to stifle the touring team's run chase.
The county side received a sturdy start from openers Steve Stubbings and Travis Birt. The pair posted 90 for the first wicket, with captain Stubbings hitting 56, with six fours and one six, and Birt smashing a more attacking 53 off 45 balls with eight fours and two sixes.
Gary Balance, batting at No.3 contributed 48, while Greg Smith's fiery top-score of 57 off 45 balls with seven boundaries gave the innings a solid late-order boost.
Botha hit six fours and faced only 34 balls for his unbeaten 46 as he tormented the West Indies bowlers near the end of the innings.
Off-spinner Omari Banks led the West Indies bowling with two for 61 off 10 overs, while medium pacers Richard Kelly, with one for 24 off six overs, and Darren Sammy, none for 45 off 10, were the most economical.
The West Indies reserves, who have not won since beating Durham by eight wickets in the tour opener, made a fair start in their run-chase.
No other score
Top order batsmen Morton and Devon Smith both struck half centuries, but there was no other score significant enough to propel the West Indies A to victory.
Smith's knock was a shot-filled 62 off 47 balls with 12 boundaries. The in form Morton's 95 was more measured as he shared half century stands with Smith and Banks. He added 64 for the second wicket with Smith and 70 for the sixth wicket with Banks.
Boasting an average of 71 in first-class fixtures on the tour, Morton missed out on his second hundred of the summer when he fell five runs short of a century. He faced 105 balls and struck eight fours and three sixes in his innings.
Banks, who lashed three sixes in making 35, and captain Sylvester Joseph (25), were the only other significant scorers in the West Indies A team's failed effort that left them with just one win in five games.
Botha's victims included Morton, Joseph and Banks and he finished with figures of five for 60 off 10 overs, supported by left-arm pacer Kevin Dean, who picked up two for 56 off his 10 overs.
West Indies, who drew with Leicestershire and lost to Warwickshire in three-day games and also went down to Worcestershire in a one-day fixture in their last three games, will next play Glamorgan on Wednesday in another limited overs match.