Debut delight for Wainwright
David Wainwright marked his debut with a career-best match-winning performance to propel Derbyshire to a crushing 202-run victory over Northamptonshire in the LV= County Championship Division Two match at Derby.
The 27-year-old former Yorkshire left-arm spinner found turn and bounce on a fourth-day County Ground pitch to take 6-33 from an unbroken spell of 26 overs as the visitors crumbled to 134 all out
Derbyshire had earlier declared on 314 for three to set a target of 337 from a minimum of 72 overs.
Any hopes Northants had of pushing for an unlikely win quickly vanished when they slipped to 41 for three and Wainwright then put Derbyshire well on the road to victory by striking twice in eight balls before tea.
James Middlebrook and Chaminda Vaas dug in for 15 overs but Wainwright removed them both and the end came 35 minutes before the scheduled close when Wes Durston bowled Lee Daggett.
Derbyshire had been in control of the contest at the start of the day with a lead of 235.
Openers Martin Guptill and Paul Borrington took their stand to 224 before the former skied a pull to deep square-leg to be caught for 137, which included a six and 13 fours.
The only disappointment for the home side was that Borrington failed to reach a maiden championship hundred; he fenced at Daggett and edged to slip two runs short of the mark, but his 272-ball innings had been a big factor in putting Derbyshire into a winning position.
Dan Redfern and Durston added quick runs before the declaration came and the morning session ended with a big wicket when Northamptonshire opener Stephen Peters was lbw to Mark Footitt off the last ball before lunch.
Kyle Coetzer was taken at the second attempt at third slip off Tony Palladino when play resumed and the rest of the day belonged to Wainwright, who bowled with guile and accuracy to snare his victims.
After David Sales perished going half-forward, Rob Newton, who made 58, and Alex Wakely looked to be steering Northamptonshire towards calmer waters, but they both fell either side of tea after surviving for 20 overs.
The only threat to Derbyshire came from the dark clouds gathering over the ground but the rain held off and the floodlights meant the visitors could not rely on bad light to save them.
Luck was also against them when Middlebrook’s firm drive hit Redfern at silly point and ricocheted to Footitt at backward point. David Willey then became Wainwright’s sixth victim when he was lbw offering no shot.
Durston had the last word when he beat Daggett’s forward lunge to spark wild celebrations among the Derbyshire fielders, who had launched their season with the county’s second biggest win over Northamptonshire.