Surrey wrapped up a 10-wicket victory on the final day of the LV= County Championship match against Derbyshire at The 3aaa County Ground.
Surrey needed only 21 runs and ,with no threat of rain, it was just a question of how quickly they scored the runs and whether Derbyshire could take a couple of wickets.
Mark Footitt opened from the Racecourse End and beat Rory Burns with his first ball, squared him up with his second and a diving take down the leg side by Gareth Cross off the last delivery prevented four leg byes.
After Zafar Ansari squeezed Tony Palladino behind square for the first run, Burns clipped him through mid-wicket for an all-run three and Ansari steered Footitt to the third man boundary in the next over.
Ansari straight-drove Palladino for three more before a an edge between third slip and gully off Footitt brought him a streaky four and Burns completed victory when he turned the 35th ball of the day past square leg.
Graeme Welch says Tim Groenewald’s decision to leave at the end of the season will give young players at the Club a great opportunity to show what they can do.
Groenewald advised Derbyshire last week of his intention to leave the Club at the end of the season.
Welch says, if required, Groenewald is still available for selection, but his thoughts have moved towards the future of the Club and offering young players experience with the senior side.
“Tim came to me last Friday and said he was moving on at the end of the season,” he said.
“I was happy for Tim. He’s been a great player for the Club and we will miss him. But as soon as he mentioned that, my mind clicked into the future.
“We have got four or five young seamers here who I believe will probably end up better than Tim. It’s a massive call but that’s what we’re here for.
David Wainwright hit his second half-century of the season, but Surrey ended Day Three requiring just 21 runs to win on the final day.
Surrey were dismissed for 421 during the morning session, a lead of 268, after Chris Tremlett had hit some big blows to add 42 off just 48 balls (2 fours, 4 sixes).
Tom Taylor (2-108), who yesterday claimed his maiden first-class wicket, dismissed Tremlett before Mark Footitt removed Jade Dernbach’s middle stump to end the innings and return figures 4-63 off his 23.4 overs. The wicket for Footitt was also his 150th first-class scalp.
Derbyshire made a solid start in reply as openers Stephen Moore and Paul Borrington added 62 runs for the first wicket, before Moore fell just before Lunch for 30 (4 fours).
The hosts, however, suffered a difficult afternoon session in which they lost four wicket, including Borrington for 38 (5 fours), to enter Tea on 165-5. Spin duo Gareth Batty and Zafar Ansari did the damage claiming all five wickets between them.
Academy graduate Tom Taylor spoke of his pride after claiming the scalp of Hashim Amla as his maiden first-class wicket yesterday at The 3aaa County Ground.
Amla, Surrey’s overseas player, number four-ranked Test batsman in the world and new captain of South Africa, was the 19-year-old’s first wicket in a Derbyshire shirt in his second first-class appearance.
“It was a good feeling,” Taylor said speaking to the Derby Telegraph.
“The coaching staff and all the lads were spurring me on to get that one and luckily it happened.
“I thought I had him last night but I didn’t really go up for that one and then there was a shout in the morning that he got an inside edge too but I was very happy to get him in the end.
“As a first wicket, he probably is up there, especially at this time now he is South African captain.
Centuries from Zafar Ansari and Steven Davies put Surrey in a commanding position against Derbyshire on a day of firsts in the LV=County Championship match at The 3aaa County Ground.
Ansari celebrated his maiden first-class century in his 33rd match while Davies scored his first Championship century of the season as Surrey closed the second day on 392 for 8 , a lead of 239.
Derbyshire’s bowlers did not have a great deal of luck but young paceman Tom Taylor dismissed South African Test batsman Hashim Amla to claim his maiden first-class wicket.
Surrey are now strongly placed to push for victory but Derbyshire will feel they deserved better from a day which started so well when Taylor bagged the prize wicket of Amla in the fourth over of another overcast morning.
The 19-year-old had bowled impressively in the previous match at Leicester without success but his first victim is one he will treasure and it was richly deserved.
Former captain Shastri featured in 80 Tests for India between 1980 and 1993, scoring 3,830 runs - including a high-score of 206 - and claiming 151 wickets during a glittering international career.
After retiring from the game, Shastri has become a TV commentator covering Indian domestic and international fixtures, plus the Indian Premier League.
He also temporarily coached the Indian cricket team during the tour of Bangladesh in 2007.
Sponsored by Datron Ltd – All Day Office Supplies, Shastri will be the after dinner speaker at the Cricket Derbyshire India Club Dinner, held in the Old Speckled Hen Marquee, ahead of the visit of MS Dhoni’s India touring Test side.
Marcus North hit a fluent 44, but Surrey enjoyed the better of the opening day of the LV= County Championship fixture at The 3aaa County Ground.
Tom Curran claimed career-best figures of 5-51 as Derbyshire were dismissed for 153 just before Tea.
Former Australia Test batsman Marcus North top-scored for the hosts with 44 (8 fours), but Derbyshire lost a flurry of wickets in the afternoon session to slip from 100-3 to 153 all out.
Gareth Cross provided some resistance adding 27 (4 fours), but Curran claimed three of the final four wickets to end with figures of 5-51 off 17.4 overs. England seamer Jade Dernbach also returned impressive figures of 3-41 off 15 overs.
Mark Footitt (1-12) claimed the first Surrey wicket with just the second ball of the reply, as Rory Burns was lbw without scoring. But the visitors, led by some fine strokes from South Africa Test captain Hashim Amla (25 not out), moved to 42-1 before bad light stopped play.
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Derbyshire continue their LV= County Championship campaign against Surrey at The 3aaa County Ground on Sunday 15 June; 11am start.
Wayne Madsen’s side claimed their first win of the season last week as a fine all-round performance from David Wainwright, who hit a career-best 109 and returned figures of 5-54 in the second innings, and half-centuries from Paul Borrington (86 not out) and Stephen Moore (76) guided Derbyshire to a nine-wicket win.
Surrey, who will have South Africa Test captain Hashim Amla amongst their ranks, enter the fixture after drawing their last match against Gloucestershire. Rory Burns starred with the bat, falling just one run short of a double century, while paceman Matt Dunn claimed six wickets in the match.
Sunday Lunch will once again be available for supporters in the Lund Pavilion for just £8.95 on day one against Surrey.
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