Worcestershire v Derbyshire, New Road, 4th day April 30, 2014

Ajmal too much for Derbyshire

Press Association

Worcestershire 432 for 9 dec (Kervezee 110, Moeen 99, Andrew 71*) beat Derbyshire 219 (Madsen 111*, Ajmal 4-60) and 149 (Madsen 56, Ajmal 4-40) by an innings and 64 runs

Saeed Ajmal led the charge as Worcestershire ripped through Derbyshire to secure their second LV=County Championship victory of the season at New Road.

The Pakistan offspinner claimed 4 for 40 from 20 overs as the hosts removed Derbyshire for 149 to seal their victory by an innings and 64 runs. Ajmal finished the match with combined figures of 8 for 100 from 46.3 overs, the statistics alone indicating his pivotal role.

Worcestershire felt no need to add to the mammoth 432 for nine first-innings tally racked up on day three, declaring at the start of the final day's action. That sent Derbyshire into their second innings trailing by 213 runs, and Worcestershire did not need long to close in on victory.

Only Wayne Madsen offered credible resistance as the hosts took control, the Derbyshire captain battling to make 56 from 139 balls. After his unbeaten 111 in Derbyshire's disappointing first-innings total of 219, he could have been forgiven for despairing at his misfiring team-mates.

Gareth Andrew removed opener Stephen Moore caught by Daryl Mitchell for 4 and Charles Morris trapped Billy Godleman leg before for 10, before removing the key figure Shivnarine Chanderpaul for just 4, caught by Tom Kohler-Cadmore.

Ajmal then claimed a three-wicket burst to help his side lay one hand on the victory. First he had Chesney Hughes caught by Mitchell for 12, before Wes Durston holed out to the same fielder for 21.

By the time he snared Dan Hodgson leg before, Derbyshire were reduced to 97 for 6. Ross Whiteley then ran out David Wainwright for 13, and Ajmal completed his four-wicket haul by removing the last pivotal opponent.

Madsen's stubborn 56 was rendered all the more impressive given the frequency of wickets falling all around him, but he too fell prey to Ajmal in the end, trapped lbw.

Tim Groenewald lasted just six balls for his duck, Jack Shantry claiming an lbw dismissal. Shantry then clean bowled Mark Footitt for four runs to complete the demolition job.

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  • Muhammad Usman Anwar on May 5, 2014, 18:02 GMT

    Simply outstanding display of bowling by the leader of today's spin bowling in the cricketing world. Narine, Badree and Ashwin are also very good spinners but in a fair context without any biased judgement, I must say that Saeed Ajmal is far ahead of them because Ajmal has been tested in all formats on all types of pitches in all situations mostly immense pressure situations and every time he delivers. Keeping in mind the team's fielding standred which is vital for a spinner. County Cricket is very usefull for a player's grooming. Keep it up Ajmal. . . . .

  • Avais on May 3, 2014, 19:52 GMT

    Don't understand this, Ajmal plays everywhere and in every format and with the technology available, his bowling is still a mystery after 5-6 years.

  • Dummy4 on May 3, 2014, 19:37 GMT

    PCB should send more players to county/League cricket to learn the game ,to help Pak cricket ,our cricketers lack technique & discipline.

  • Dummy4 on May 3, 2014, 12:49 GMT

    He is incridible off spinner and he is a master of spin.

  • Taimor on May 1, 2014, 15:24 GMT

    The quality attribute about Ajmal is that he has been a successful bowler at most of the countries he has played in.

  • Dummy4 on May 1, 2014, 6:38 GMT

    Well bowled Ajmal.. Many more to come. PCB needs to send more players to county cricket. Its the best way to learn for new players.

  • Android on May 1, 2014, 3:44 GMT

    @Wasim RKO How about Shane Warne, Muttiah Muralitharan, Bill o reilly, Clarrie Grimmet, Daniel Vettori and Bedi?

  • Dummy4 on April 30, 2014, 22:06 GMT

    long live ajmal. we love you

  • Dummy on April 30, 2014, 18:47 GMT

    Ajmal is a world class spinner ........ No one can be matched against him except former Pakistani Spinners ...

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