Despite the efforts of Tony Palladino – a brutal spell of bowling from Graham Onions handed Durham victory on an astonishing final day at the County Ground.
The hosts battled hard to reduce their visitors from 257-4 to 325 all out just before lunch, with Palladino (6-90) claiming four wickets to end the innings with six.
But during an extraordinary afternoon session, Onions (5-23) and Chris Rushworth (3-31) claimed eight wickets between them to disintegrate the Derbyshire line-up and dismiss Karl Krikken’s side for their lowest ever Championship total against Durham.
Requiring just 37 to win, the visitors lost Mark Stoneman for seven to that man again Palladino, but it only delayed the inevitable as Paul Collingwood’s title-contenders reached their victory target inside nine overs to close a remarkable day in which 17 wickets fell.
And with Somerset securing a seven-wicket win over Surrey at Taunton, Wayne Madsen’s men have now slipped back into the bottom two with one fixture remaining against Warwickshire, beginning on Tuesday 24th September at Derby.
The morning session belonged firmly to Palladino. The 30-year-old paceman produced a disciplined spell, bowling unchanged from the Racecourse End to complete his second five-wicket haul of the campaign.
After removing Stoneman (30) and Keaton Jennings (16) during the final session on Day Two, Palladino claimed four wickets on the final day to return figures of six for 90 off 34.3 overs and help dissmiss Durham for 325.
But a ruthless spell of bowling from Durham seamers Onions and Rushworth ripped through the hosts' top-order before eventually dismissing them for just 63 inside 30 overs.
Onions was the pick of the bowlers producing a fierce spell to claim five for 23 off 15 overs, while new ball partner Rushworth enjoyed similar success picking up three wickets.
It was left to young Usman Arshad (2-2) to finish off the tail as the 20-year-old claimed two wickets in as many overs to end the innings and set Collingwood’s side 37 to win with a session remaining.
And - despite the loss of Stoneman (7) - Scott Borthwick (10*) and Keaton Jennings (17*) saw their side home in the eighth over to seal a dramatic nine-wicket win and extend their position at the top of the Division One table.
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