Palladino skittles Glamorgan
Derbyshire 360 and 438 beat Glamorgan 445 and 167 by 186 runs
Tony Palladino shattered Glamorgan with a five-wicket haul as Derbyshire completed the double over the Welsh outfit in the County Championship. The right-arm seamer was supported by Jon Clare and Mark Turner, who each took two wickets, as the visitors were dismissed for 167. Glamorgan's rapid demise lifted the hosts to a resounding 186-run victory with more than 41 overs remaining.
Palladino ended with figures of 5 for 50, including three maidens, as the hosts cantered to a 23-point win.
Derbyshire's second-innings mark of 438 left Glamorgan with an unlikely victory target of 354 from 82 overs, but any prospect of a successful run-chase vanished when three wickets tumbled in the first seven overs on Thursday morning. Only Gareth Rees offered any resistance with 52 after skipper Alviro Petersen went first ball to record a king pair in a game he will want to forget.
Derbyshire had been marginal favourites at the start of the fourth day with a lead of 295 and two wickets intact, and they added another 57 before their tail was mopped up. Glamorgan needed a solid start in reply but were swiftly undone by the new ball.
Petersen had fallen lbw playing no shot in the first innings and on this occasion the South African edged a good ball from Palladino to be caught behind in the opening over. William Bragg also went for nought, failing to deal with a short ball from Clare in the next over and lobbing back a gentle return catch to the bowler.
And any victory hopes Glamorgan might have entertained all but vanished when Michael Powell was trapped lbw by Palladino for seven to leave the visitors on 25 for 3. Ben Wright was struck on the hand before the interval and went off injured, although he did resume his innings after lunch. By then, however, Glamorgan's fate was sealed.
Jim Allenby and Mark Wallace scored centuries and shared a double-hundred stand in the first innings but this time they managed only 8 apiece as the middle order continued to struggle. Allenby fell tamely when he chipped Palladino to midwicket in the 24th over and Wallace also went to a loose shot at Turner that was taken by Clare plunging forward at mid-on.
When James Harris (4) was bowled by a ball from Turner that kept low, Glamorgan were 93 for 6 and any hopes of them clinging on for a draw disappeared when opener Rees was lbw to a full-length Palladino delivery. Dean Cosker (6) could do nothing with a lifter and after some defiant blows from Graham Wagg (29), the home side celebrated a notable win that keeps them in the hunt for promotion.
Glamorgan's misery was compounded when they were docked a point for a slow over rate.