Stylish Dan Redfern provided fun in the Bank Holiday sun – but it was New Zealand that emerged victorious on the final day.
Redfern counter-attacked from 98-5 and breezed to an impressive half-century, only to become the third of Neil Wagner’s 5 for 45 as, chasing 335 to win, Derbyshire were all out for 227 and beaten by 107 runs.
The hosts’ batting line-up was hoping for much needed time in the middle after New Zealand’s overnight declaration at 199-5 with only one of the top six, Chesney Hughes, averaging upwards of 40 during the first-class season so far.
Hughes had scored the majority of his tally in a memorable knock of 270 against Yorkshire at Headingley Carnegie in the recent LV= County Championship defeat against Yorkshire.
But Hughes' form deserted him against the impressive Wagner and the burly left-hander was caught behind for 15 to cue a Derbyshire collapse from 42-0 to 98-5 by shortly after the lunch interval.
Billy Godleman reached 25 before Wagner trapped him lbw in a fine morning spell of 2 for 14 from seven overs, while Wayne Madsen (6) was unfortunate to depart to a Bruce Martin shooter on the stroke of lunch.
Doug Bracewell was next to stake a claim for Test inclusion as he persuaded both Wes Durston (26) and Ross Whiteley (1) to edge to slip shortly after the interval – and the Derbyshire innings was seemingly in tatters.
But Redfern was determined that the Bank Holiday Monday crowd would be entertained. Playing positively from the outset with crisp strokes all-round the wicket, the stylish left-hander raced to 50, at a run-a-ball, with 11 fours.
Richard Johnson partnered Redfern while 58 runs were added for the sixth wicket; only for the re-introduction of Wagner to induce a duo of telling mid-afternoon blows that finished the game as a contest.
Skilful swing bowling from the Kiwi caused both Johnson (14) and Redfern (58) to edge behind as Derbyshire took tea at 184-7.
Wagner completed his five-for with the dismissal of Peter Burgoyne, caught behind for a promising 30, while Bracewell finished with 3 for 56 after accounting for Matt Higginbottom who made nine.
Mark Footitt's 19 ball 22 ensured that Derbyshire finished with a flourish. But their fate was finally sealed when the number 11 picked out mid-on, handing left-arm spinner Bruce Martin his second dismissal of the innings.
Half-centurion Redfern said: "It was always going to be tough against a good Test attack who did so well against England recently and - true to form - there was no letup with them.
"They know when they're on top and that's when they really squeeze. When they're not; they stem the flow of runs, wait for their opportunity and usually take it.
"But the way I was hitting it felt good and I got a few out of the middle. I have been slow to get started this season so it was good to spend some time at the crease - against a good attack - and to get some runs.
"There are a lot of positives to take from the game and the way Ally Evans and Mark Footitt bowled was brilliant. Ally came really hard and maintained his pace throughout,while Mark bowled beautifully to pick up the wickets at the other end."
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