Derbyshire put in a performance on Day Three that will live long in the memory for their supporters as Jon Clare inspired the visitors to a truly brilliant victory over Glamorgan.
There were few signs of what was to come as Derbyshire made the worst possible start, having resumed six down in the second innings with a 187 run lead.
However the early dismissals of Clare, who had added three runs to his overnight unbeaten 40, followed by Tom Poynton two balls later for a duck, proved to be just a brief scare as Tony Palladino (21) put on 41 with David Wainwright to take the lead past 200.
The final wicket, that of Mark Footitt for 0, came soon after but not before Wainwright secured a resolute and determined half century, the first by any player in the match; the visitors 197 all out meaning the hosts would need to chase down 233 to win the game.
Initially, it appeared that Glamorgan, dismissed for 95 in the first innings, were in no mood to lie down as Walters and Rees reached 49 without loss at Lunch; the latter hitting an unbeaten run a ball 36.
The next session belonged to Derbyshire. In particular, Jon Clare.
With the game in the balance, the all-rounder trapped Rees LBW for 41 before removing Bragg with the very next ball and from there, the visitors did not look back in a scintillating and scarcely believable spell of cricket.
Walters was the next Glamorgan batsman on his way, bowled Clare for 30, and from there the game moved at breathtaking pace.
Henriques (6) and Wright (7) quickly departed to Clare and Palladino respectively as Glamorgan began a remarkable slump that would see 92-5 become 93-9.
Neither Wallace or Wagg troubled the scorers to give Clare his 10th and 11th wicket of the match and Allenby fared little better, removed by Palladino LBW for one.
Croft followed suit almost immediately, again LBW to Palladino, and when Reed was run out by Footitt, victory was Derbyshire’s by 130 runs; Glamorgan all out for 102 in the 32nd over.
Tony Palladino finished with 3-29, whilst Jon Clare finished with figures of 6-40 in addition to his 5-17 in the first innings; not to mention two valuable knocks with the bat.
The win ensures a 100% start to the season for Derbyshire, who host Leicestershire at The County Ground next Thursday, April 19th; 11am start.
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