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Wonderful Wagner floors Derbyshire


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Neil Wagner strengthened his case for a spot in New Zealand’s Test XI by claiming a five-wicket haul in a 107-run victory over Derbyshire.

The 27-year-old left-arm seamer took 5-45 to finish with eight match scalps as the hosts were dismissed for 227 in pursuit of 335, Dan Redfern top-scoring with 58.

The tourists declared on their overnight score of 199 for five, which left Derbyshire facing a demanding target.

Neil Wagner

Neil Wagner celebrates the wicket of Billy Godleman en route to figures of 5-45, which earned New Zealand a victory over Derbyshire

They made a promising start through openers Chesney Hughes and Billy Godleman before Wagner broke through in the 13th over.

He located Hughes’ edge when the left-hander was on 15, Tom Latham taking the catch behind the stumps - a role he relinquished in the afternoon session as BJ Watling took the gloves.

Wagner was bowling with hostility but overstepped the mark in his next over, hurling the ball back at Godleman and knocking the bat out of his hand.

He raised a hand in apology yet was spoken to by umpire Nigel Cowley - who also had words with acting captain Kane Williamson, although it was the bowler who had the final say.

In his next over, Wagner snuck a full-length ball through the opener's defences; Cowley raised the finger to send Godleman on his way lbw for 25.

Wes Durston played confidently from the start and, alongside Wayne Madsen, was steering Derbyshire towards the lunch interval when Bruce Martin bowled the latter with one that kept low.

The home side suffered another blow in the third over of the afternoon when Durston attempted to drive a wide Doug Bracewell delivery and was pouched at second slip by former team-mate Martin Guptill.

Ross Whitely also fell to a loose shot off Bracewell and, at 98 for five, Derbyshire were in danger of going down without a fight.

However, Redfern responded with some defiant strokes and raced to a 50-ball half-century via three consecutive fours off Mark Gillespie. His innings ended tamely, though, when he pushed at Wagner and was caught behind.

New Zealand made light work of the tail, the end coming shortly after tea as a morale-boosting victory was completed ahead of this week's clash with England Lions at Leicester.

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