Timm van der Gugten four-for, Kiran Carlson fifty set up victory for Glamorgan

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glamorgan 112 for 2 (Carlson 54*) beat Derbyshire 110 (van der Gugten 4-41) with eight wickets

Glamorgan started their defense of the Royal London One-Day Cup with an emphatic eight-wicket victory over Derbyshire in Group B’s opening game at Derby.

Timm van der Gugten took 4 for 41 and Jamie McIlroy 2 for 13 while Derbyshire was thrown out for 110 after Glamorgan won the toss in a game reduced to 47 overs by rain, with Mattie McKiernan’s 43 from 56 balls the only innings of content goods.

Glamorgan dropped to 28 for 2, but skipper Kiran Carlson’s unbeaten 54 from 53 balls and Colin Ingram with 30 not out brought the visitors to 112 for 2 with 25 overs left.

Derbyshire has never recovered from losing three wickets in the first four overs on a damp and windy morning. McIlroy and van der Gugten got the ball in good bowling conditions and Derbyshire’s chances of putting in a competitive total were all but over after the first power play.

“I really couldn’t have asked for much more,” Carlson said. “The way we bowled at the start was exceptional, we didn’t really give them much, we took our chances and the big guys at the top, Jamie and Timm really made it happen.

“The wicket was tough, there was a bit more to it than both teams thought, but we bowled first because of the overhead.

“It bit and swayed a bit and it was really hard at the beginning when it did quite a bit. It flattened out a bit as the ball got older but when we got them 6 for 3 it must have been hard for them because we were bowling so well.”

Billy Godleman moved into second when his attempt to spin Van der Gugten through midwicket ended at the hands of mid-on and Luis Reece followed quickly, leaving a loose drive behind.

Harry Came was lbw half-forward and although Tom Wood ran van der Gugten over cover before crossing the first boundary in the sixth, he was caught brilliantly by Chris Cooke who ducked to his right side when he slammed hard at the same bowler.

After a short rain delay, Brooke Guest drove a return catch back to McIlroy, leaving Derbyshire’s hopes for respectability to rest with Anuj Dal and McKiernan. The pair nearly doubled the score, but Dal beat Joe Cooke to cover and when Mark Watt was bowled by David Llloyd, Derbyshire quickly slumped 62 for 7.

Ben Aitchison clipped Lloyd’s long leg where Joe Cooke caught a well-judged catch just inside the rope and left Sam Conners to help McKiernan get Derbyshire into three figures.

McKiernan pulled Dan Douthwaite for four and drove Van der Gugten to another frontier, but he fell short on what would have been fifty a first day as he drove Douthwaite to cover.

The innings ended when Conners shoved a drive away from van der Gugten, leaving Glamorgan chasing what appeared to be an easy target.

They arrived relatively comfortably, but only after losing Lloyd and Sam Northeast in the first 10 overs. Lloyd got a lead over Aitchison and was caught on the run for Northeast, who scored a quadruple score just over a week ago, drove to Conners and was caught well by Wood who dived across on the second slip.

Another wicket might have cast some doubt in the Glamorgan camp, but Ingram and Carlson restored order before accelerating to an impressive win.

Derbyshire was well beaten and McKiernan admitted: “We need to draw a line under that and move on to the match on Friday. It’s a disappointing start to the campaign, but it doesn’t mean we can’t bounce back. A little down the wicket at the beginning, but I think we are disappointed as a batting group not to get a competitive score.”

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