Gloucestershire 242 and 403 beat Derbyshire 345 and 166 by 134 runs
Gloucestershire celebrated their fourth County Championship victory of the season after Derbyshire collapsed on the final day of their Division Two match at the County Ground. The hosts had begun the day at five for none and hopeful of victory, but were bundled out for 166 to suffer a 134-run defeat. Veteran seamer Jon Lewis did the bulk of the damage with figures of 4 for 25, while Derbyshire's Anguilla-born teenage batsman Chesney Hughes impressed again amid the carnage with 75 to add to his first-innings century.
Derbyshire were chasing 301 but Lewis and Steve Kirby quickly reduced them to 15 for 4 and although Hughes supervised some spirited resistance from the lower order, the home side crashed to a third consecutive loss.
Any hopes of a home victory were shattered by a hostile spell from Kirby, who blasted out both openers. Kirby was fired up after having a run-out appeal turned down and sent back Wayne Madsen in the second full over of a cool, breezy morning with a lifting ball that was fended to short leg.
Garry Park needed lengthy treatment after he was hit on the left hand by another nasty delivery and he was rapped again on the right glove as Kirby steamed in from the Pavilion End. It was no surprise when Park went in the next over, caught behind off Lewis, and Derbyshire suffered a major setback when skipper Chris Rogers drove at Kirby and was smartly taken by Alex Gidman at first slip.
The home side were now 11 for 3 and only four runs had been added when Greg Smith fenced at Lewis and Jonathan Batty pouched his second catch. But Hughes was playing with the calm assurance he had displayed in the first innings and made sure his team did not go under without a fight.
Dan Redfern contributed 27 and Robin Peterson, who scored three in 12 overs, frustrated the bowlers and there was more resistance to come from Tom Poynton who left his sick bed to help Hughes hold up Gloucestershire. The seventh-wicket pair dug in for 17 overs until Poynton steered what appeared to be a slower ball from Gemaal Hussain to backward point and Vikram Banerjee pushed Derbyshire closer to the brink when Tom Lungley flicked him to short midwicket.
The only question now was whether Hughes could get his second hundred of the match but after three-and-a-quarter hours, he was leg before playing across a full length ball from Lewis who then wrapped up victory when he bowled Atif Sheikh in his next over. The 20-point haul means Gloucestershire are third in the table and Derbyshire, despite losing, move up to sixth above Middlesex who were not playing after taking six points.
Gloucs vs Derbyshire
County Championship Division Two
England Domestic Season