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Surrey on the brink of win

Highlights from day three at the 3aaa County Ground

Surrey's victory celebrations were put on hold after a defiant, unbeaten 56 from David Wainwright rescued Derbyshire from a three-day defeat in their LV= County Championship match at the 3aaa County Ground.

The home side were in deep trouble shortly after tea at 182 for six, needing 268 to make Surrey bat again, but Wainwright, with help from Scott Elstone and the tail, guided Derbyshire to 288 all out which leaves the visitors a target of only 21 on the last day.

Gareth Batty, with 4-69, and Zafar Ansari, who took 4-96, exploited a pitch taking increasing turn and, although Surrey claimed an extra half-hour to try and wrap up a second championship victory of the season, Wainwright dug in for 117 minutes to make them wait.

Surrey already held a potentially winning hand going into the third morning with the lead a formidable 239, but Chris Tremlett flexed his muscles before the real business of Derbyshire trying to save the match began.

Tremlett had rattled the slates on the pavilion roof the previous evening and he struck two more sixes, both off Tom Taylor, before he was caught at long-off for 43 from 48 balls.

Mark Footitt cleaned up Jade Dernbach to claim his 150th first-class wicket, but 268 was the significant figure for Derbyshire, the number of runs needed to avoid an innings-defeat.

Surrey had enjoyed an even bigger advantage in the previous championship match against Gloucestershire at Bristol and failed to win, but there was still something in this Derby pitch for the bowlers as well as cloud cover.

With the batsmen also having to contend with some variable bounce from the Racecourse End, the odds were stacked against Derbyshire. But Stephen Moore and Paul Borrington started promisingly, adding 62 in 20.3 overs before the wickets tumbled.

Ansari got one to bounce sharply to have Moore caught behind for 30 just before lunch and Borrington was bowled for 38 when he played forward to Batty only to see the ball spin back into his stumps.

Derbyshire needed a big stand from skipper Wayne Madsen and Marcus North but, when both fell in the space of eight balls, Surrey were closing in on a three-day finish.

North lifted Ansari over midwicket for four but was bowled aiming a big drive at the next ball and Batty snared Madsen, who was caught at silly point off bat and pad from one he might have left alone.

Although Alex Hughes was dropped on six by Hashim Amla at slip, he was deceived two overs before tea, lbw playing no shot to an arm-ball from Ansari, and Gareth Cross gave Gary Wilson a second catch when he tried to cut Batty.

Elstone again played with composure and good judgement, resisting for 153 minutes until he drove at the second new ball and lost his off stump to Dernbach, who switched ends to bag his 250th first-class wicket when Tony Palladino played back to one that kept low.

Taylor stayed with Wainwright for 44 minutes until he was caught at silly point off Batty and, although Footitt followed in the next over, Derbyshire had done enough to take the game into the fourth day.

Derbyshire's elite performance director Graeme Welch said: "We showed a little bit more fight and we showed good discipline today which was pleasing to see.

"We knew the pitch would deteriorate and if we had got more runs in the first innings and had been 150 or 180 ahead at this moment in time it would have been a great game of cricket."

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