Derbyshire closed on 44-5 in reply to Warwickshire’s 391-9 declared after Day Two of their crucial LV= County Championship fixture at the County Ground.
Chris Woakes and Maurice Chambers shared the highest ever ninth-wicket stand for Warwickshire against Derbyshire to allow the visitors to declare shortly before the tea interval.
The hosts, however, struggled to combat against the visitors’ pace attack – before bad light stopped play with Wayne Madsen’s side trailing by 347 runs with five wickets remaining.
In search of early wickets, Derbyshire were met by a defiant record-breaking stand between Woakes and Chambers, who together helped Warwickshire post a formidable first-innings total.
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A stubborn century from Chris Woakes frustrated the Derbyshire bowlers on Day One at the County Ground.
The hosts made a successful start to their final LV= County Championship fixture of the season as Mark Footitt (2-71) removed both Warwickshire openers inside five overs. Tim Groenewald (4-67) - the pick of the bowlers on the opening day - then claimed three quick wickets after lunch to reduce the visitors to 120-6.
However, 46 from Ateeq Javid, a brisk 40 from Jeetan Patel and an unbeaten century from England all-rounder Woakes (102*) helped their side recover from a precarious position to close on 285-8.
Derbyshire made an ideal start, claiming the first wicket in the third over of the day. Cricket Derbyshire University of Derby Academy graduate Alex Hughes took an excellent low diving catch at third slip to remove Ian Westwood off Footitt.
The left-arm paceman picked up a second soon after, trapping the dangerous Varun Chopra lbw for six.
All the Derbyshire seamers found early movement with the new ball, making life difficult for the new Warwickshire batsmen. Javid – who was dropped twice on seven and 13 by Tom Poynton – and Laurie Evans navigated a challenging period to add 32 runs, before the introduction of Groenewald removed the in-form Evans to claim his first of four wickets.
Captain Wayne Madsen says this week's LV= County Championship fixture with Warwickshire is an 'exciting prospect' as Derbyshire attempt to secure Division One cricket for 2014.
Speaking ahead of the final four-day game of the season, Madsen said: "If you had given us this position a month or two ago we would have taken it.
"The boys are buzzing for it, like they were last year when we entered the last game knowing that we needed to win our last game to get the Division Two title. So it's a similar thing this year.
"We have to win. It's an exciting prospect for all the guys as it's been a long season, but it's all been worth it to get to this position.
"A lot of the guys over the last three or four games have made some real good contributions and can take a lot of confidence into the last game.
Derbyshire welcome Warwickshire to the County Ground for the final LV= County Championship fixture of the season, starting on Tuesday 24th September (10.30am start).
And Karl Krikken's men know only a victory will give them a chance of remaining in Division One for a second season.
A brutal spell of bowling from Graham Onions condemned Derbyshire to defeat - and only a four point haul - from their penultimate game of the campaign against champions-elect Durham last week.
Somerset, meanwhile, claimed a seven-wicket win over bottom club Surrey to leapfrog Wayne Madsen's men out of the relegation places.
The Taunton-based club sit 16 points ahead of second-bottom Derbyshire; while Nottinghamshire sit just 15 points in front.
In the final round of fixtures - starting Tuesday - Nottinghamshire will entertain Somerset, and Krikken's side know that a win for either team at Trent Bridge - or a low scoring draw - will leave the door open for Derbyshire to seal survival.
Derbyshire Captain Wayne Madsen has been awarded the inaugural Christopher Martin-Jenkins Spirit of Cricket Elite Award.
Launched at the start of the summer in memory of Christopher Martin-Jenkins – the former MCC President and BBC Test Match Special Commentator – the Elite Award is presented to a professional cricketer who showed exceptional sportsmanship during the 2013 season.
Madsen demonstrated that it is possible to combine the highest level of sportsmanship with professional cricket in the LV= County Championship fixture with Yorkshire at Queen’s Park in July, during the Hill Dickinson Chesterfield Festival of Cricket.
Chasing Yorkshire’s first innings total of 617, Madsen feathered a ball from bowler Steve Patterson to the wicketkeeper.
With one lone appeal coming from the Yorkshire fielders, umpire Jeff Evans gave the Derbyshire Captain not out, only for the Madsen to walk back to the pavilion on his own accord.
Derbyshire County Cricket Club has been drawn in Group A for next season’s 50-over competition.
Karl Krikken’s men have been drawn alongside Hampshire, Lancashire, Leicestershire, Worcestershire, Northamptonshire, Yorkshire and Essex.
Derbyshire will compete in four home and four away fixtures during the 2014 tournament, which will replace the Yorkshire Bank 40 format.
The top four teams from each nine-team group will advance to the Quarter-Final stages, ahead of Semi-Finals and Final.
Group A: Derbyshire, Hampshire, Lancashire, Leicestershire, Worcestershire, Northamptonshire, Yorkshire, Gloucestershire, Essex
Group B: Surrey, Kent, Glamorgan, Middlesex, Nottinghamshire, Warwickshire, Somerset, Durham, Sussex
Wayne Madsen’s side will begin the competition with -2 points after receiving a 'poor' pitch rating for the Yorkshire Bank 40 clash against Durham at the County Ground in August.
Paul Borrington says Derbyshire will be fully prepared for their decisive final LV= County Championship fixture of the season against Warwickshire.
Karl Krikken’s men go into Tuesday’s match (10.30am start) knowing only a victory will give them a chance of remaining in Division One for a second season.
But even a win against Dougie Brown’s side may not be enough, as attention turns to Trent Bridge where Nottinghamshire and Somerset – who are 15 and 16 points ahead respectively – will go head-to-head, also starting on Tuesday.
Opening batsman Borrington, however, is concentrating firmly on the crunch fixture at the County Ground, Derby.
“It’s a one-off game,” he said. “We are focusing on this one fixture and if we can do the job then we will have a great chance of staying up.
Tom Poynton is urging supporters to get behind the team as they give one final push in an attempt to secure Division One cricket for next season.
Karl Krikken’s men enter their last game of the 2013 campaign against Warwickshire - starting on Tuesday 24th September; 10.30am start - knowing only a victory will give them a chance of remaining in the top flight for 2014.
Derbyshire currently sit in eighth place in Division One; 15 points behind Nottinghamshire and 16 adrift of Somerset who themselves go head-to-head next week. A win for either side at Trent Bridge could leave the door open for Wayne Madsen's side, only if they claim victory against Warwickshire at Derby.
Poynton, however, is confident that Derbyshire can avoid the drop and is calling for supporters to get to the ground and get behind their side.
“We have been keeping an eye on other fixtures, but we are just concentrating on our final fixture with Warwickshire next week,” he said.
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