Surrey crash to opening defeat
Derbyshire 451 and 274 for 6 dec beat Surrey 352 and 165 by 208 runs
Derbyshire wrapped up their first County Championship win in SE11 since 1966 by 208 runs after dominating play over all four days at The Oval.
Inspired by 340 runs from Australian captain Chris Rogers, Derbyshire clinched only their fifth ever victory at The Oval with 35 balls to spare. With just over five hours remaining in the game, Surrey went in to bat for a second time facing a target of 374 in the remaining 76 overs.
They were two down by lunch, six down by tea and deep in trouble soon after the final interval when Steve Davies fell for 56. Left-arm seamer Mark Footitt gave Derbyshire their first breakthrough when Arun Harinath (five) chopped onto his stumps. Three overs later Tim Groenewald accounted for first innings century-maker Mark Ramprakash, this time without scoring.
Surrey's demise gathered momentum after lunch when Usman Afzaal had his stumps rearranged when Greg Smith nipped one through the left-hander's gate to make it 16 for 3.
Though Rory Hamilton-Brown doubled his side's total, he had scored only eight when he edged Graham Wagg to the wicketkeeper. Soon after, opener Matt Spriegel edged onto his leg stump when cutting at one of Smith's offspinner's.
Either side of tea, Gareth Batty (12) fell lbw to Groenewald and, with 27 overs remaining, the resistance of Davies came to a surprising end when his attempted drive against Footitt cannoned onto off stump off a thin inside edge. Stuart Meaker went for a dogged 21, clean bowled by left-arm spinner Robin Peterson, who finished with 3 for 32 after pinning Andre Nel leg before and having Jade Dernbach caught at silly point.
Earlier, visiting skipper Rogers duly scored the single he needed from the first delivery of the day from Matt Spriegel to become the first Derbyshire batsman in history to hit single and double hundreds in the same game.
Not content with his 127-ball century, the determined opener added a further 40 runs during his four-hour stay before declaring soon after noon with his score on 140 and his side on 274 for 6.
The left-hander lost Greg Smith (20), Dan Redfern (44) and Wagg (16) in a lively opening hour in which the visitors added 114 runs to effectively bat Surrey out of the game.