Derbyshire’s Mark Footitt grabbed his own slice of Kensington Oval history by bowling a stunning over to clinch The Banks Barbados T20 Plate for his side, who defeated Hampshire by just one run in a thrilling final.
Chasing a victory target of 139, Hampshire began the final over still needing ten runs for victory with three wickets in hand and they managed to halve that target immediately.
Left-arm fast bowler Footitt, who had picked up the wicket of Adam Rouse in his previous over, fired a wayward high delivery past Chris Wood and away for five no-balls at the start of the last over of the match.
Adjusting his line and length to spectacular effect, however, Footitt then yorked Wood and did the same to David Balcombe from the next delivery.
David Griffiths averted the hat-trick and scored a single to get Michael Bates on strike. The Hampshire wicketkeeper scored a two but then became the third player to fall to the Footitt yorker in the same over, as an exultant Derbyshire side rushed to congratulate their late, late hero.
The former Nottinghamshire quick bowler ended the match with figures of 4 for 11 and explained his strategy afterwards. “I just wanted to run in and bowl as fast a yorker as I could in that last over. When the first ball went for five I thought ‘oh no’ but then I got my line right and got the reward for a long winter practising that particular delivery.”
Put in to bat, Derbyshire were in good shape at the halfway point of their innings having scored 77 for 3 but lost their way somewhat in the middle overs and had to be content with a score of 138 for 7.
It looked woefully short as Michael Carberry and James Vince put fifty on for the first wicket but then both fell as David Wainwright, with three wickets and Chesney Hughes with two, tightened the screws during the middle overs.
A further 48 were needed from the last six overs but when Sean Ervine was run out the match was wide open going into the final over – the Fottitt over.
In the semi-final matches earlier in the day two fine individual performances had powered Derbyshire to a total of 213 for 3. Opener Wes Durston made 93 from 62 balls, building a platform from which Ross Whiteley smashed an undefeated 75 from only 34 at Carlton.
Durston opened the bowling and trapped danger-man Dwayne Smith lbw to the first ball of the reply. At 1 for 3 after two overs, Barbados were quickly out of contention and could only muster 115-8, eventually losing by 98 runs.
Hampshire’s route to the final saw them easily defeat The Combined Campuses and Colleges. Michael Carberry scored a century in Hampshire’s 218 for 3, with the students closing on 141 for 4 to lose by 77 runs.