Five-star Palladino underpins win

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Tony Palladino & Gareth Rees

Tony Palladino traps opener Gareth Rees in front for 52 en route to 5-50 as Derbyshire thrashed Glamorgan by 186 runs at Derby

Tony Palladino shattered Glamorgan with a five-wicket haul as Derbyshire completed the double over the Welsh county in LV= County Championship Division Two.

The right-arm seamer was supported by Jonathan Clare and Mark Turner, who each took two wickets, as the visitors were dismissed for 167. Glamorgan’s rapid demise lifted the hosts to a resounding 186-run victory with more than 41 overs remaining.

Palladino ended with 5-50, including three maidens, as the hosts cantered to a 23-point win.

Derbyshire’s second-innings mark of 438 left Glamorgan with an unlikely victory target of 354 from 82 overs, but any prospect of a successful run-chase vanished when three wickets tumbled in the first seven overs.

Only Gareth Rees offered resistance with 52 after skipper Alviro Petersen went first ball to record a king pair in a game he will want to forget.

Derbyshire had been marginal favourites at the start of the fourth day with a lead of 295 and two wickets intact, and they added another 57 before their tail was mopped up.

Glamorgan needed a solid start in reply but were swiftly undone by the new ball.

Petersen had fallen lbw playing no shot in the first innings and on this occasion the South African edged a good ball from Palladino to be caught behind in the opening over.

Will Bragg also went for nought, failing to deal with a short ball from Clare in the next over and lobbing back a gentle return catch to the bowler.

And any victory hopes Glamorgan might have entertained all but vanished when Michael Powell was trapped lbw by Palladino to leave the visitors on 25 for three.

Ben Wright was struck on the hand before the interval and went off injured, although he did resume his innings after lunch. By then, however, Glamorgan’s fate was sealed.

Jim Allenby and Mark Wallace scored centuries and shared a double-hundred stand in the first innings, but this time they managed only eight apiece as the middle order continued to struggle.

Allenby fell tamely when he chipped Palladino to midwicket and Wallace also went to a loose shot at Turner that was taken by Clare plunging forward at mid-on.

When James Harris was bowled by a ball from Turner that kept low, Glamorgan were 93 for six and any hopes of them clinging on for a draw disappeared when opener Rees was lbw to a full-length Palladino delivery.

Dean Cosker could do nothing with a Palladino lifter and, although Graham Wagg struck some defiant blows, he was bowled by Clare for 29 before Ross Whiteley had Will Owen caught behind.

Derbyshire’s victory moves them above Glamorgan, whose misery was compounded when they were docked a point for a slow over rate, and keeps them in the hunt for promotion.

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