Derbyshire extend home run

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Steve Stubbings

Steve Stubbings top-scored with 83 as Derbyshire eased to a five-wicket win over Surrey in Division Two today

Derbyshire maintained their impressive home record in the LV= County Championship with a five-wicket victory over Surrey at the County Ground this morning.

Although rain delayed the start by 25 minutes, Derbyshire knocked off the 73 runs they needed five minutes before lunch with Steve Stubbings top scoring with 83 to take a 19-point haul.

It was only the county's 19th first-class win over Surrey since 1883 and the performance underlined what a formidable team they have become on home soil.

Derbyshire went through the 2008 season unbeaten at home in Division Two and they always looked likely to come out on top in this game after Surrey had been bowled out for 131 on the first day.

Although the visitors made a better fist of their second innings, Derbyshire always looked comfortable chasing 218 on a pitch which had flattened out.

They went into the fourth morning on 145 for two and once the skies had cleared, Stubbings and Dan Redfearn reduced the target by 21 before Surrey made a breakthrough.

Redfearn had made 17 when he clipped Chris Jordan into the hands of Andre Nel at midwicket but it came too late to seriously halt Derbyshire's advance.

Wavell Hinds drove Jordan down the ground for four and dispatched Chris Schofield through the covers for another boundary but the leg-spinner had the final word when the Jamaica batsman shaped to cut and was caught behind for nine.

Derbyshire had a few more anxious moments with Stubbings missed at backward square leg by Scott Newman off Jade Dernbach on 82 but the opener did not profit from the escape.

In the next over, he tried to paddle sweep Schofield and was bowled but his best Championship score for nearly two years had taken his side to within 26 runs of the finish line.

Dernbach had not given up hope of pulling off a sensational victory and troubled the batsmen with some hostile short pitched deliveries while Smith almost chipped Schofield to mid-off.

But Smith pounced on a rare bad ball from Dernbach to cut him for a boundary to bring up the 200 and then swept Schofield for two more fours.

Smith square cut Schofield to the cover point boundary before Pipe, who is leading the side in the absence of skipper Chris Rogers, completed victory when he swept the spinner for four.

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