WAYNE Madsen’s unbeaten 39 off 21 balls saw Derbyshire to a nine-wicket victory over Yorkshire in his 400th appearance for the county as the Falcons chased 84 in an eight-over Vitality Blast fixture at Headingley last night.

Australian overseas all-rounder Hayden Kerr set Derbyshire on their way to a second North Group win in three games with two wickets in the first over of the match, which started at 8.35pm following rain.

The left-arm seamer was excellent in returning 2-18 from two overs as the Vikings were restricted to 83-3.

Having been inserted, opener Dawid Malan’s 50 off 23 balls underpinned the Yorkshire innings.

But the England left-hander’s second successive half-century was given little support, and that was key to a second defeat in four games.

South African Madsen, 38, is the 14th Derbyshire player to play 400 games across all formats. He came to the crease at 15-1 at the start of the third over, hit his first ball for four and top-scored.

He shared an unbroken second-wicket partnership of 69 with Shan Masood (32 not out) as victory was secured with three balls remaining.

Play was delayed by two hours and five minutes due to rain.

Derbyshire made the perfect start when Adam Lyth chipped the first ball of the match, from Kerr, to mid-off before Shadab Khan was caught behind trying to scoop five balls later as the score slipped to 2-2.

But Yorkshire recovered to reach the end of the powerplay - 2.2 overs - at 21-2, including Malan pulling Sam Conners into the Western Terrace for six.

Shortly afterwards, he pulled Kerr over midwicket for a flat six as the score moved to 36-2 in the fourth over.

Malan’s innings was more muscle than finesse, though he did cheekily ramp Scotland left-arm spinner Mark Watt for four as he closed in on a half-century off only 22 balls.

However, Watt had him caught at deep midwicket next ball as the score fell to 65-3 in the seventh over.

It was not only the second time in as many games that Malan had fallen for exactly 50 - he did so in defeat against Leicestershire here on Sunday - but also the second time he had departed the ball after reaching his milestone.

Having been 55-2 after five overs, the Vikings would have hoped for more.

But they only hit two fours and a six in the last three overs, and a four and a pulled six from Will Fraine came with the last two balls of the innings from George Scrimshaw.

Luis Reece was run out coming back for two to deep square-leg following a mix-up with opener Masood at the start of the third over to leave Derbyshire on 15-1.

But Madsen was quickly into gear, whipping his first ball for four against seamer Matthew Revis.

Pakistan left-hander Masood crashed Jordan Thompson for six over long-on to take his side to 44-1 after four overs and slog swept Adil Rashid over midwicket shortly afterwards.

However, this was milestone man Madsen’s night.

He sliced Haris Rauf for six over wide third man and, with eight needed from the last over, reverse swept Adil Rashid for six with the final over’s first ball, with victory secured a couple of balls later.

As the rain fell, Yorkshire announced the short-term overseas signing of West Indies seam bowling all-rounder Dominic Drakes for the next four Blast games, starting with Friday’s home game against Durham, when New Zealand batter Finn Allen will also debut.

They will replace Pakistan duo Khan and Rauf, who return home for international commitments.

Rauf has played his last game of the season, while Khan will return later in the competition.

Derbyshire are back in action today when they face Lancashire at Emirates Old Trafford (3pm).