Dan Redfern (pictured) notched a classy half-century on the final day versus Nottinghamshire – but Stuart Broad’s new ball brilliance secured victory for the visitors.
Derbyshire succumbed to a nine-wicket defeat with 30 overs to spare, as Redfern’s elegant 61 delayed but didn’t deny a Nottinghamshire side featuring eight full internationals at the County Ground.
The home side started the day in the perilous position of 143-5; a deficit of 44 and with Billy Godleman, Wayne Madsen, Wes Durston, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Ross Whiteley already back in the pavilion.
Gritty determination was the order of the day. And it was provided in abundance by the middle-order duo of Dan Redfern and David Wainwright who took their sixth-wicket partnership to 79 during the morning session and raised hopes of a great escape.
With Wainwright providing steely resistance at the other end, Redfern passed 50 for the first time this season in 104 balls with seven fours.
But a 15 minute rain delay, immediately followed by the second new ball, proved to be Derbyshire’s undoing as Redfern (61), Wainwright (33) and Tom Poynton (0) departed in the space of ten Stuart Broad deliveries.
The lbw dismissals of Redfern and Poynton (0) sandwiched a vicious throat high bouncer that accounted for David Wainwright (33) and, suddenly, Derbyshire were 227-8 at lunch with a lead of 40 runs.
And, although 24 further overs were lost to rain after the interval, Broad soon trapped Tony Palladino (4) lbw to complete wicket-to-wicket analysis of 4 for 6 from 17 balls. And, when Jonathan Clare was bowled by Harry Gurney for 5, Derbyshire were 229 all out, leaving the visitors to chase just 43 to win from 36 overs.
Tim Groenewald picked up the wicket of Alex Hales, caught behind for four, but the Derbyshire pace-man was only delaying the inevitable as Michael Lumb (24*) and Ed Cowan (15*) saw the visitors safely home.
Derbyshire Head Coach Karl Krikken put the defeat down to events back on Wednesday. He said: “If you’re 70 odd for six on the first morning you’re always fighting.
“Shiv played an excellent innings to get us to 256 with a couple of the lads fighting with him. But if we’d ended that first spell 70-3 we’d have scored 300-350.
“The one time you want to win the toss is early April because everybody has a bowl and you’re always up against it. We’ve played three good sides and lost the toss each time.
“We’re talking ifs and buts at the present time, but we’re not doing it - and we need to quickly."
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