Alex Hughes and David Wainwright shared a record-breaking eighth wicket stand, but the rear-guard fightback wasn’t enough as Kent claimed victory on Day Three at Canterbury.
Derbyshire slipped to 102-7 on the penultimate morning, but a magnificent 129-run stand between Hughes and Wainwright wiped out the 218-run first-innings deficit to force Kent to bat again.
Hughes was finally the eighth man out for a first-class career-best 82 off 174 balls, including eight fours, to end the highest ever eighth-wicket partnership for Derbyshire versus Kent.
Wayne Madsen’s men lost their final two wickets soon after, but Wainwright remained undefeated on 60 off 125 balls (5 fours), with Derbyshire 256 all out.
Darren Stevens was the star man for the hosts, claiming figures of 6-64 off 30 overs in the innings, and finishing with nine wickets (9-89) in the match.
Captain Rob Key (26*) and Daniel Bell-Drummond (13*) knocked off the 39 runs required for victory without alarm, as Kent claimed a 10-wicket in inside three days.
Elite Performance Director, Graeme Welch said: “The pitch started out very dry, and a few misbehaved – especially with the new ball – but we still didn’t bat as well as we should.
"The partnership between Hughes and Wainwright showed that. We have to start staying in games better than we are doing at the moment. It’s our first innings which is the real problem, and it’s something we have to address.”
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