A high class innings of 88 from Hashim Amla helped steer Surrey past their 217-run victory target at the Kia Oval.
Derbyshire were well in the game when Mark Footitt and Matt Higginbottom reduced the home side to 4-2 early in their run-chase with Wayne Madsen taking a fine catch at extra-cover to dismiss Rory Burns.
But a stand of 84 between Amla and Vikram Solanki (44) put Surrey back on the straight and narrow and, although Solanki was lbw to Footitt at 88-3, Zander de Bruyn was just the experienced foil his South African team-mate needed.
Dropped in the 20s by Alex Hughes, Amla made the most of his good fortune to pass 50 in 111 balls with four fours.
A battling half century from Wayne Madsen – and useful runs from the tail – has left the match with Surrey still in the balance after Day Three at the Kia Oval.
Captain Madsen (59) completed his eighth half century of the campaign in the afternoon session to put his side in a healthy position at tea, before Surrey fought back at the start of the final session claiming four quick wickets.
An unbeaten 48-run partnership between Tom Poynton (29*) and David Wainwright (22*), however, made sure the match remained finely poised after the penultimate day as Derbyshire closed on 231-7, a 161-run lead with three wickets remaining.
Despite the early loss of Ben Slater (13), Derbyshire enjoyed a good morning session as Paul Borrington and Madsen added 51 runs to give their side a 10-run lead at lunch.
A cautious Borrington batted nicely throughout his watchful 129-ball innings – striking four fours - but the 25-year-old was bowled in the first over after the break for 38.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul joined his Captain in the middle, but the Derbyshire batsmen struggled to score freely thanks to accurate bowling from Tim Linley, Zafar Ansari and Gareth Batty.
Derbyshire produced a spirited fightback - claiming the last four Surrey wickets for just two runs - to leave the match at the Kia Oval finely poised after Day Two.
The visitors claimed three wickets in the opening session, but a 96-run stand between Vikram Solanki - who top scored with 93 - and Zander de Bruyn (40) put the hosts in a strong position on 220-5 at tea.
But in an extraordinary final hour of play, Mark Footitt (4-50) – who picked up two wickets in as many balls – and Matt Higginbottom (2-66) ripped through the hosts' tail, claiming the final four wickets inside three overs to dismiss Surrey for 289, a lead of 70.
Openers Ben Slater and Paul Borrington navigated the final seven overs to close on 13-0 and will resume Day Three trailing by 57 runs with 10 wickets still in hand.
Mark Footitt trapped Arun Harinath (1) lbw in his first over to give the visitors the perfect start to the second day in London.
The left-arm paceman bowled with good pace and accuracy during his opening spell, and duly got his reward when he had world number one Test batsman Hashim Amla caught at third slip by Peter Burgoyne for 16.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul top scored with 46 - but four wickets from Tim Linley helped Surrey dismiss Derbyshire for 219 on Day One at the Kia Oval.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul - who struck six fours in his 74-ball innings - and Paul Borrington (32) shared a 49-run partnership to help their side recover from a slow start in London.
The visitors, however, lost regular wickets in the final two sessions and, despite a defiant 37 from Tom Poynton, were all out just before stumps. Surrey navigated the final four overs and will resume Day Two trailing by 211 runs with 10 wickets still in hand.
Chris Tremlett removed Ben Slater (4) with the fourth ball of the day, before Wayne Madsen (11) slapped a wide delivery from George Edwards to Zafar Ansari at backward point to reduce the visitors to 39-2 in the 19th over.
Chanderpaul and Borrington, however, shared a stubborn 49-run stand to ensure honours were even at lunch with the visitors 75-2.
Paul Borrington has been named in Derbyshire’s 12-man squad for their LV= County Championship fixture at Surrey, beginning on Thursday 29th August (11am start).
The 25-year-old features in his first four-day squad of the season in the absence of Chesney Hughes who has flown to the United States for the birth of his first child.
Tim Groenewald is also unavailable after the birth of his first child earlier this week, but Tony Palladino has been included in the matchday squad and is set to feature in his first Championship fixture since mid-June.
Spinner David Wainwright has been recalled to the squad, offering Karl Krikken an extra spinning option for the fixture at the Kia Oval. Dan Redfern, Jonathan Clare and Mark Turner, however, have all been ruled out due to injury.
Surrey will be boosted by the addition of world number one Test batsman Hashim Amla who has joined the county for the remainder of the season. Gareth Batty's side, however, are yet to win a Championship fixture this season and enter the match on the back of a heavy innings and 144-run defeat against Durham.
Karl Krikken says his side will be fully prepared ahead back-to-back LV= County Championship fixtures at Surrey and Somerset.
After securing two straight four-day victories against Middlesex and Sussex, Derbyshire have moved out of the bottom two in Division One at the expense of Surrey and Somerset.
Wayne Madsen’s side now face both counties in the space of nine days beginning with the visit to the Kia Oval on Thursday to face Gareth Batty’s side, before travelling to Taunton on Tuesday, 3rd September.
Derbyshire enter the games in high spirits after the recent wins, and Head Coach Krikken insists his side will be ready for the challenging week ahead.
“We are buzzing,” he said. “The guys have been exceptional over the last two Championship fixtures and are now looking forward to the challenges ahead this week.
“We will now make sure that we do everything right over the next few days so we are properly prepared for the task ahead.
Chesney Hughes struck an explosive 74 – but Hampshire Royals defeated the Derbyshire Falcons by 41 runs at the County Ground, Derby.
Royals’ Captain Jimmy Adams led the way hitting 64, but two wickets apiece from David Wainwright (2-33), Alasdair Evans (2-38) and Alex Hughes (2-33) help restrict the visitors to 219-7.
The Falcons made a solid start in reply courtesy of Chesney Hughes - who struck five fours and two sixes in his 79-ball innings - but the hosts lost a flurry of wickets to be dismissed for 178 in 35.5 overs.
After a flying start thanks to Michael Carberry (20) and James Vince (40), Hampshire Captain Adams led by example striking four fours to top score with 64 off 78 balls. Derbyshire, however, fought back in the middle overs with some disciplined bowling.
Wainwright was the pick of the bowlers returning figures of 2-33 off his eight overs, while Alex Hughes (2-33) and Evans (2-38) bowled superbly at the death to restrict the visitors to just 70 runs off the final 10 overs.
Dyfed-Powys will face Nottinghamshire in the Police National Knockout Final at the County Ground on Wednesday, 4th September (12noon start) – and entry is FREE!
Dyfed-Powys sealed their place in the final after securing a 70-run win over Lancashire – and the 2010 and 2011 champions will appeared in their fifth straight final.
Nottinghamshire claimed their spot with a 68-run victory over Greater Manchester Police and the five-time winners will compete in their first final since 2008.
Entry is FREE so please come along and show your support on the day.
Peter Evans, CEO of Police Credit Union, said: “Our second association with Police Sport UK cricket in 2012 built on our inaugural year in 2011 and was again a great success, helping raise the profile of Police Credit Union across the UK Police family.
“We believe the whole event was very well organised, culminating in an excellent Final at Derbyshire County Cricket Club.
Billy Godleman’s defiant 59 was in vain, as Essex Eagles claimed victory at Castle Park Cricket Ground, Colchester.
An outstanding 88 from Ravi Bopara led the way for the home side, before timely contributions from James Foster (41) and Graham Napier (23) helped the Eagles post 259 off 40 overs.
The Falcons lost five early wickets in reply, with only Godleman and Alex Hughes (28) hitting scores worthy of note, as Karl Krikken’s side were dismissed for 151 in the 32nd over.
Essex’s total was built around an excellent innings from England all-rounder Bopara. The 28-year-old smashed six fours and three sixes in his run a ball 88, to guide the hosts from 33-1 to 187-5 in the 35th over.
The Eagles then added 72 runs in their final five overs thanks to the hitting power of Napier (23) and Foster (41). Napier blasted two fours and two sixes in his 10-ball vigil, while Foster stuck five fours and a six in his 24-ball innings to help Essex post 259 from their allotted overs.
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