An outstanding performance in the field, followed by a composed showing with the bat, helped Derbyshire claim their first LV= County Championship victory of the season against Sussex at Hove.
Karl Krikken’s men claimed six wickets in the morning session to set up the historic victory. Tim Groenewald (5-40) bowled superbly to complete his second five-wicket haul of the campaign, and to end the match with eight wickets.
Mark Footitt (3-39) picked up three key wickets, while Cricket Derbyshire University of Derby Academy graduates Matt Higginbottom (1-24) and Alex Hughes (1-27) both claimed a wicket apiece to help dismiss the hosts for just 133 in their second innings – setting Derbyshire 174 to win.
The visitors wasted little time chasing down the total, with Chesney Hughes adding 34, before Ben Slater (66 not out) - who completed his maiden Championship half-century - and Wayne Madsen (62 not out) saw Derbyshire to their first victory in the top flight of the County Championship for more than a decade.
In a tremendous morning session, Derbyshire blew away the Sussex top and middle order to leave Krikken's side firmly on top at the lunch break.
Groenewald, who claimed the wicket of Chris Nash late on Day Two, wasted no time on the third morning removing the dangerous Luke Wells (2) - who struck 110 in the first innings - thanks to a superb diving catch from Peter Burgoyne at third slip.
New ball partner Footitt was soon in on the act forcing an edge from Michael Yardy (11) through to keeper Poynton. Wickets continued to tumble during the first hour of play, as night-watchmen Lewis Hatchett (5) was trapped lbw by Groenewald before Hamilton-Brown (5) was removed by Footitt to leave the hosts in trouble on 30-5 in the 16th over.
Captain Ed Joyce and Luke Wright began the Sussex fightback, at one stage hitting 22 runs during a three-over spell. But the partnership - worth 32 runs - was ended when Higginbottom trapped Joyce lbw for 17 with his third delivery of the day.
One more wicket went down before the midday interval, as Ben Brown was caught at slip by Shivnarine Chanderpaul for 11 off Alex Hughes, to leave Sussex on 101-7 at lunch, a lead of 141 runs.
The hosts only added 32 more runs after the restart to set Derbyshire 174 for victory. Groenewald first removed dangerman Wright for 49, before Footitt trapped Steve Magoffin lbw for 1. And it was left to Groenewald – who ended with impressive figures of 5-40 from 15.4 overs – to bowl Chris Jordan for 23 to dismissed Sussex for 133.
Openers Slater and Chesney Hughes made a watchful start in their pursuit of Derbyshire’s maiden victory in this season’s LV= County Championship campaign.
But the pair quickly found their feet completing a timely 50-run opening stand inside the opening 10 overs. Chesney Hughes led to way hitting three fours and a six in his quick-fire 34, as Derbyshire posted 69 runs for the first wicket.
Despite the loss of Chesney Hughes, the run-rate didn’t slow as Slater, who entered tea undefeated on 44, and Madsen moved the visitors on to 101-1 at the interval - requiring just 73 more runs to win.
Derbyshire continued to move serenely towards their victory target after the restart. Slater batted beautifully throughout the day and duly completed a well-deserved maiden Championship half-century from 94 balls, including seven fours.
The 21-year-old alongside Captain Madsen – who himself completed a half-century - kept the scoreboard ticking during the final session without incident as Derbyshire reached the 174 target in the 43rd over, sealing victory for the first time in 2013, and inside three days.
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