Despite the efforts of Tony Palladino – a brutal spell of bowling from Graham Onions handed Durham victory on an astonishing final day at the County Ground.
The hosts battled hard to reduce their visitors from 257-4 to 325 all out just before lunch, with Palladino (6-90) claiming four wickets to end the innings with six.
But during an extraordinary afternoon session, Onions (5-23) and Chris Rushworth (3-31) claimed eight wickets between them to disintegrate the Derbyshire line-up and dismiss Karl Krikken’s side for their lowest ever Championship total against Durham.
Requiring just 37 to win, the visitors lost Mark Stoneman for seven to that man again Palladino, but it only delayed the inevitable as Paul Collingwood’s title-contenders reached their victory target inside nine overs to close a remarkable day in which 17 wickets fell.
And with Somerset securing a seven-wicket win over Surrey at Taunton, Wayne Madsen’s men have now slipped back into the bottom two with one fixture remaining against Warwickshire, beginning on Tuesday 24th September at Derby.
A century partnership between Scott Borthwick and Will Smith frustrated the Derbyshire bowlers on Day Three at the County Ground.
Borthwick (89) and Smith (81) batted for almost two sessions to repel the hosts’ attack - adding 159 runs to put their side in a strong position on 227-2.
Karl Krikken’s men finally found the breakthrough just before tea courtesy of Shivnarine Chanderpaul (1-7), before Mark Footitt (1-78) claimed a second with the new ball.
But only eight overs were bowled in the final session before rain forced an early closure with Durham 257-4.
Resuming on 82-2, Borthwick (89) and Smith (81) batted for over a session and a half on the penultimate day to add 159 runs for the third wicket.
The Cricket Derbyshire Customer Promise has been launched – including a pledge to create inspiring moments and memories for members and other customers.
The six point promise provides a blueprint for how the club engages with its members, supporters, sponsors and event customers at the County Ground or Queen’s Park, Chesterfield.
Lyndsey Tanner, who brings 15 years of customer management experience from Yves Saint Laurent and Weight Watchers, is the newly appointed champion of the Promise having taken on the position of Member & Supporter Services Manager.
She said: “I’m delighted to join a sporting institution with great history and a loyal base of supporters, in particular the Members who come back year-after-year to support the team and live and breathe the sport of cricket.
“Sometimes the cricket results will be good, sometimes they will be disappointing. But it is our ambition that the off-field team ensures the best possible experience for everyone visiting our ground.
Paul Borrington top scored with 75 – but quick wickets with the second new ball helped Durham fightback on Day Two at the County Ground.
Borrington hit eight fours during his patient innings - during which he shared a 106-run stand with Shivnarine Chanderpaul (53) to move the hosts onto 206-2 shortly after lunch.
But Chris Rushworth (5-47) and Graham Onions (4-62) tore through the Derbyshire middle-order with the new ball, claiming the last seven wickets for just 56 runs to dismiss the hosts for 298.
Tony Palladino (2-19), however, responded with two late wickets to leave the match finely poised with Durham 82-2, trailing by 216 runs.
Resuming on 99-1, Derbyshire lost Captain Wayne Madsen (32) in the first over of the day – but a stubborn stand between Borrington and Chanderpaul helped the hosts recover from 100-2 to 206-2.
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And they were further boosted by the grassroots cricket club they support, Belper Meadows, lifting the Derbyshire County League Division 6 North title at the weekend.
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Persistent rain cut short the opening day with Durham at the County Ground - after Derbyshire had reached 99-1 shortly after lunch.
Despite the bad weather, play started on time and Wayne Madsen (32*) and Paul Borrington (30*) shared a 62-run stand to close a successful morning for the hosts.
But just the solitary over was bowled after the interval before constant rain washed out the remainder of the day.
Despite losing the toss and being asked to bat first, Karl Krikken's men made a promising start adding 33 runs for the opening wicket.
Ben Slater - who struck three fours - was the first man out, bowled by Chris Rushworth for 13. And the hosts almost lost a second wicket when Madsen edged Graham Onions, but he was put down at third slip on 17.
The Derbyshire Captain took advantage of his early reprieve, hitting six fours to close unbeaten on 32 as part of an unbroken 66-run partnership with Borrington, who remained undefeated on 30 at stumps.
But the weather's untimely intervention meant only one over was bowled after lunch and no further play was possible, with Derbyshire 99-1 after 31 overs.
Mark Turner has been added to Derbyshire's matchday squad for their crunch LV= County Championship fixture with Durham at the County Ground, beginning tomorrow (10.30am start).
The 28-year-old paceman has been included to replace fellow seamer Matt Higginbottom who has been ruled out with injury.
Victory over Somerset last week moved Wayne Madsen's men out of the bottom two in Division One ahead of their penultimate four-day fixture of the season against Paul Collingwood’s title contenders.
A classy unbeaten 74 from West Indies international Shivnarine Chanderpaul helped Derbyshire seal their third victory of the campaign, keeping their chances of avoiding the drop alive with two fixtures remaining against Durham and Warwickshire (Tuesday 24th September).
Chesney Hughes - who missed the last two fixtures - is still unavailable, while Dan Redfern and Jonathan Clare both miss out due to injury.
Captain Wayne Madsen says the remaining home matches against Durham and Warwickshire at the County Ground are Derbyshire's ‘cup finals’.
Victory over Somerset on Friday moved Madsen's men out of the LV= County Championship bottom two ahead of their penultimate four-day fixture against Durham, starting Wednesday 11th September (10.30am).
An unbeaten 74 from Shivnarine Chanderpaul helped seal Derbyshire's third victory of the campaign keeping their chances of avoiding the drop very much alive.
Madsen has taken confidence from the victories over Sussex, Middlesex and Somerset and is relishing the challenge of facing Paul Collingwood's title contenders this week.
My favourite cricket ground is still Taunton.
Everything I’d written last week about this small cricket ground nestled alongside the Rive Tone in south west England is just as valid following four days of nail-biting cricket.
The first impression of a ground Derbyshire had not visited since 2007 was that it looked different – a re-vamped Colin Atkinson Pavilion, the new Andrew Caddick Players Pavilion, 65 flats overlooking the ground, and the new 3,000-seater Somerset Stand. And yet, paradoxically, it was just the same.
The same raucous spectators seated - and standing - in the shadow of the church tower in the south-eastern corner of the ground; the Cornish and Devonians chattering in their unique accents; cider being dispensed in copious quantities at various outlets around the ground; the wise old sages ensconced in the Sir Ian Botham Stand passing comment on the niceties of leg-spin bowling; former Test umpire Ken Palmer seemingly on every corner greeting me with ‘Hello Derbyshire’ every time we saw each other.
The ground is more compact than ever, and with 2,500 spectators in on the first day there was a genuinely partisan atmosphere. Derbyshire followers were there in number, however, with more in attendance at an away Championship game than at any other this season, and with the weather set fair for all four days, we just needed the teams to deliver.
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