Groenewald inspires Derbyshire

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Tim Groenewald

Tim Groenewald completed a fine game by taking three wickets as Derbyshire cruised to an innings-and-32-run win over Leicestershire

Tim Groenewald shone with the ball as Derbyshire completed an emphatic first victory of the LV= County Championship Division Two season, beating Leicestershire by an innings and 32 runs.

Groenewald, along with Wayne Madsen, was presented with his county cap by Derbyshire head of cricket John Morris during the lunch interval, and he could hardly have celebrated in a more befitting manner.

The seamer took three more wickets at the County Ground to add to his five in the first innings and 60 not out.

Tony Palladino, Jon Clare and Mark Turner claimed two wickets apiece as Derbyshire bounced back in style from last week’s defeat to Gloucestershire.

With a first-innings lead of 209, Derbyshire made the start they wanted to leave Leicestershire, who resumed on four without loss, struggling on 19 for three.

An exceptional one-handed catch at gully from Garry Park set them on their way as Greg Smith fell to Groenewald and, in the following over, Jacques du Toit edged Palladino to Clare at third slip.

Much rested on veteran Paul Nixon and outstanding young batsman James Taylor to steady the Leicestershire innings.

However, Nixon set off for a quick single and as he tried to recover his ground he was run out at the non-striker’s end by Greg Smith from short extra-cover.

Derbyshire were flying and their mood was brightened even further when they claimed two further wickets before lunch.

A rising ball from Clare was edged behind by Tom New, then Jigar Naik clipped a catch to Dan Redfern at square-leg off Turner to fall for 22.

Will Jefferson, who opened the batting in the first innings, could not come in until number seven because he spent the previous day off the field with a thigh injury, but, batting with a runner, he managed to hold up the Derbyshire charge.

He and Taylor took the score to 98 before the latter, on 24, was taken at first slip by Wes Durston off a lifter from Palladino.

Jefferson held out and put on 62 for the seventh wicket with Claude Henderson, the man who frustrated Derbyshire in the first innings in a last-wicket stand of 96.

The towering Jefferson rode his luck at times, edging over and wide of the slips, in making 41, but when he was finally bowled by Clare the end came swiftly for Leicestershire.

Henderson ended unbeaten on 40 but the final three wickets fell in successive overs, with Groenewald taking two of them, to leave him with figures of 3-38 and 8-97 in the match.

He had Nathan Buck caught behind and, after Turner broke through Nadeem Malik’s defences, Groenewald wrapped up victory by bowling Matthew Hoggard for a duck.

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