Dan Redfern (pictured) notched a classy half-century on the final day versus Nottinghamshire – but Stuart Broad’s new ball brilliance secured victory for the visitors.
Derbyshire succumbed to a nine-wicket defeat with 30 overs to spare, as Redfern’s elegant 61 delayed but didn’t deny a Nottinghamshire side featuring eight full internationals at the County Ground.
The home side started the day in the perilous position of 143-5; a deficit of 44 and with Billy Godleman, Wayne Madsen, Wes Durston, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Ross Whiteley already back in the pavilion.
Gritty determination was the order of the day. And it was provided in abundance by the middle-order duo of Dan Redfern and David Wainwright who took their sixth-wicket partnership to 79 during the morning session and raised hopes of a great escape.
Derbyshire 2nd XI claimed a convincing five-wicket victory in their 3-Day friendly against a Surrey and Hampshire combined XI at Belper this week.
Mark Footitt produces an inspired spell of bowling claiming 6-71 from 22 overs to dismiss the combined side for 242 in their second innings, setting Derbyshire 182 for victory in 72 overs.
Chesney Hughes and Paul Borrington both hit 45 in reply and a quick-fire 29 from Peter Burgoyne ensured that the hosts reached their target to complete an excellent five-wicket win.
The visitors won the toss and elected to bat first at Belper, but three wickets from Matt Higginbottom (3-41) and two apiece from Harding (2-20) and Alasdair Evans (2-50) dismissed the Surrey/Hampshire side for 194 in 49.5 overs.
Derbyshire closed 44 runs behind Nottinghamshire with five wickets still in hand, after the hosts had earlier dismissed their East Midland’s rivals for 443 on Day 3 at the County Ground.
James Taylor top scored with 112 for the visitors, but three wickets from Jonathan Clare and two apiece for David Wainwright and Tim Groenewald limited Nottinghamshire's lead to 187.
An 83-run stand between Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Wayne Madsen helped Derbyshire recover after losing two early wickets, but both fell in the final session as the hosts closed on 143-5.
Speaking after the game, Madsen said: "I think our bowlers bowled really well this morning. We were very disciplined and the bowlers did a fantastic job on a flat wicket.
Nottinghamshire amassed a first innings lead on Day 2 at the County Ground, as a persistent Derbyshire claimed two late wickets to take their tally to five on a tough day for the hosts.
Half centuries from Ed Cowan, Alex Hales and James Taylor ensured that Nottinghamshire surpassed Derbyshire’s first innings total of 256, closing on 325-5.
David Wainwright, Tony Palladino, Jonathan Clare and Ross Whiteley all picked up a wicket apiece, but their East Midland’s rivals hold a 69-run lead after two days.
Speaking after the game, Palladino said: "It was a tough day for the team, but we stuck to the task all day. They played well and the wicket is getting a little flatter now and they have got a useful lead now, so tomorrow I think we really need to try hard and knock them over as cheap as possible.
The system, which got under way again last week, analyses the performances of players around the country on a like-for-like basis.
FTI MVP points are earned for every run scored, wicket taken and catch held. Bowlers receive higher marks for good economy rates, bowling maidens and for dismissing the top order, whilst batsmen are rewarded for high run rates and the percentage of the team’s runs they hit.
Among the changes this year, however, will be more points across all formats for those notching 40 and 50 per cent of a team’s total, for top order batsmen, in recognition of their greater challenge against the new ball, and for those who hit big hundreds.
An excellent 96-run stand between Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Jonathan Clare helped spark the Derbyshire fight back, as the hosts recovered from 75-6 to be dismissed for 256 on Day 1 at the County Ground.
Chanderpaul batted for just under four hours for his superb unbeaten 87, as the West Indian international passed 22,000 career first-class runs in the morning session, and partnerships with Jonathan Clare (49) and Tony Palladino (39) helped Derbyshire recover from 75-6 to 256 all out after tea on the opening day.
Nottinghamshire safely navigated the remaining 11 overs in the day, with Ed Cowan unbeaten on 18 and Alex Hales 10 not out, to close an entertaining day’s play on 28-0.
Replica Friends Life t20 and LV= County Championship shirts are now available to purchase from the Club Shop in the Gateway Centre - so come in and have a look!
The new FLt20 shirts, sponsored by BuyMobiles.Net and Office Care, don the original Derbyshire colours and are now available to purchase from the County Ground.
The Shop also has a limited number of LV= CC white shirts in stock, which are sponsored by The University of Derby, Keepsafe Security and Office Care.
The Club Shop is located next to the main reception in the Gateway Centre. Adult shirts are available from £39.99 and Junior replica tops are priced from £29.99.
For more information about replica shirts and the Club Shop, please call 01332 388 101.
Derbyshire County Cricket Club's much anticipated Wedding Open Day takes place at the County Ground next weekend on Sunday, May 12th - and you can now register online.
The day will showcase the beautiful County Ground Marquee as set for a wedding and guests will get the opportunity to stay for an afternoon of cricket as Derbyshire take on Lancashire in the Yorkshire Bank 40, starting at 1.45pm.
The Wedding Open Day is free to anybody who wishes to attend, with gates opening at 11:30am. You can now register your attendance for the Wedding Open Day online by click here.
Guests will be able to meet our dedicated wedding planners, sample some of our delicious canapés and buffet options, and browse a handpicked selection of the best wedding suppliers in Derbyshire.
The Club is looking forward to welcoming supporters back to the County Ground for the first LV= County Championship clash of the season against a Notts side which will include England all-rounder Stuart Broad.
The fixture will also give fans the first opportunity to see world number two Test batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul in competitive action at Derby, as Karl Krikken’s men aim to claim their first victory of the new campaign.
Tickets: Adult tickets are £12 in advance (by midnight the previous day) or £16 on the day. To purchase your tickets, please call 01332 388 101 or click here.
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