Derbyshire continue winning habit
Derbyshire defeated Glamorgan by eight wickets with a day to spare in the LV= County Championship Division Two match at Derby to maintain their impressive start to the season.
Only Will Bragg offered any resistance with 78 as Glamorgan collapsed to 188 all out against the spin of David Wainwright and Wes Durston, who returned 5-51 and 3-43 respectively.
That left Derbyshire needing only 70 to win and they took less than 13 overs to seal a 23-point victory which puts them top of Division Two and leaves Glamorgan rooted to the bottom.
The visitors’ chances of making a fight of it looked good when they wiped out Derbyshire’s first-innings lead of 119 for the loss of only three wickets, but they crumbled on a pitch taking turn and lost their remaining batsmen for only 65 runs.
Derbyshire had also lost cheap wickets in the morning when pacemen Huw Waters and Simon Jones ran through the tail, leaving skipper Wayne Madsen stranded on 130 not out.
The home side were already 99 in front but lost their last five wickets for 19 in nine overs to set the tone for a day of bowling domination.
Jones got some lift to remove Wainwright in the second over of the day and Waters belatedly got his reward for a wholehearted performance by quickly removing Jon Clare and Tom Poynton.
Waters knocked over the injured Mark Footitt, who batted with a runner, to finish with 3-78 but Glamorgan were soon in trouble prior to lunch.
Groenewald sruck twice in his third over by pinning Gareth Rees in front and knocking out Nick James’s off stump when he offered no shot to reduce the visitors to six for two and Durston struck a big blow when Marcus North edged a drive to slip.
Bragg and Ben Wright appeared to be putting their team back in the game when they added 66 in 18 overs but when Wainwright and Durston removed them in successive overs, Derbyshire scented victory.
Mark Wallace made 29 before he edged a drive at Wainwright, who took four of the last five wickets, the final one thanks to a stunning one-handed catch at cover by Madsen.
The only question was whether Derbyshire could wrap up victory before the close. Martin Guptill, with 30 from 23 balls, and Paul Borrington, who finished unbeaten on 21, ensured the home dressing room was celebrating a third championship win before 6pm.