Derbyshire County Cricket Club will ply their trade in Division Two in 2014 after suffering defeat to Warwickshire in their final LV= County Championship fixture of the season.
Karl Krikken’s men knew they needed to secure at least one bonus batting point on the penultimate day to keep their hopes of remaining in Division One alive.
But Derbyshire succumbed to the visitors’ experienced pace attack to be dismissed for 103, subsequently confirming their relegation from the top flight of county cricket.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul top-scored with 52 - but a five-wicket haul from Keith Barker and three from Maurice Chambers dismissed Derbyshire shortly before lunch.
The hosts again struggled to combat against the visitors’ attack in the second innings with only Tom Poynton (41) hitting a score worthy of note as Wayne Madsen’s men were all out for 120 and defeated by an innings and 168 runs.
Head Coach Krikken said: "There has been times this year when we have lost quick wickets, but that's Division One cricket. It was similar today as we struggled to get going against a good experienced Warwickshire bowling unit.
“You have to be consistent for all four days and we have to make sure we do that in the future.
“We can, however, still take a lot of positives from this season. We have put in some magnificent performances this year and have ended up with three wins – more than Surrey and Nottinghamshire, and the same as Somerset.
“The lads have worked hard and given 100 per cent all season and that's all you can ask. It’s now onwards and upwards from here as we continue to build a side capable of competing at the highest level. We now have a couple of weeks off before we are back working hard to prepare for next year.”
It was always going to be an uphill battle for the hosts, who began Day Three of their final 2013 LV= County Championship fixture on 44-5. But Derbyshire started positively with Chanderpaul and Poynton adding 49 runs for the sixth wicket.
Chanderpaul top scored hitting 10 fours to complete his seventh half-century of the campaign, before he finally fell to Barker for 52. The West Indies international and Poynton (19), however, were the only two batsmen to reach double figures as Barker (5-55) and Maurice Chambers (3-27) ripped through the hosts’ line-up.
Tony Palladino was the final man out, retired hurt after taking a nasty blow on the hand from England seamer Boyd Rankin, with Derbyshire still trailing by 288 runs and the follow-on was enforced.
The visitors’ attack enjoyed similar success second time round reducing Madsen’s side to 38-5 shortly after lunch.
Wicketkeeper Poynton again displayed a fighting spirit, counter-attacking with a brisk 41 off 43 balls, including three fours and a six. His eye-catching knock, however, was ultimately in vain as three wickets from England all-rounder Chris Woakes helped dismissed Derbyshire for just 120.
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