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Derbyshire land nine-wicket victory

The final day of the LV=CC game against Derbyshire ended in disappointment for Leicestershire at Grace Road.

Derbyshire were set 186 to win in a minimum of 90 overs and Steve Moore (76, 136b) and Paul Borrington (86*, 190b) shared 121 for the first wicket to break the back of the chase.

Borrington and Wayne Madsen (22*, 45b) added an unbroken 67 for the second wicket as Derbyshire reached 188-1 to win by nine wickets.

Leicestershire resumed with a lead of 175 with one second innings wicket remaining. Ten came off the second over as Wyatt clipped Mark Footitt (16.2-0-57-3) for three before Anthony Ireland (10, 37b) drilled through mid-on for four before pulling a three.

The final wicket came in the left armer’s next over as Wyatt (14, 26b) gloved an attempted pull to Moore in the cordon. The pair had added a useful 24 for the last wicket.

Wyatt had batted with a runner and was unable to bowl, so Ben Raine (11-4-18-0) shared the new ball with Ireland. Moore pulled the first four of the chase off Ireland (10-0-39-0) in the third over.

Borrington edged Ireland just short of second slip in the fifth and the ball also ran away for four. Another edge from the opener off the seamer went to the third man boundary in the 9th over. The score moved to 22-0 after 10 overs, so Derbyshire would have been content with their start.

A key moment came when James Sykes (20-2-55-0) was introduced to bowl the 12th over from the Pavilion End. There was a big leg before appeal against Borrington with his fourth ball but the batsman survived.

Moore showed intent by using his feet to drive over mid-wicket in the spinner’s third over while Borrington drove Raine through the covers as the openers continued to play well.

Moore then advanced to strike Sykes through mid-on to collect a further four, and Borrington pulled a couple of fours in the spinner’s next over. The first of those boundaries brought up the Derbyshire 50, and the score progressed to 61-0 by lunch.

Sykes operated over the wicket after lunch and the spinner found the edge of Borrington only to see the ball go wide of Greg Smith at slip. Moore twice cut Ireland for four in the 31st over, and Josh Cobb (4-0-16-0) and Sykes then bowled in tandem.

A driven four off Cobb, the sixth of his innings, took Moore to 50 from 98 deliveries. Moore then cut to the ropes in the off-spinner’s next over - the 37th of the innings - and the 100 partnership was recorded by the end of it.

Moore produced a lapped sweep off Sykes as he continued to put his foot on the gas and County changed tack by reintroducing Rob Taylor (9-3-11-1) and Raine. Moore whipped Raine behind square but fell shortly afterwards after pulling Taylor to Sykes in the deep.

Madsen drove through the covers to open his boundary account and Borrington then clipped through mid-wicket as he moved to 46. His half-century came courtesy of an on-drive for four off Angus Robson (5.5-0-34-0) from the 150th ball faced. The opener went on to pull a further trio of fours, including two off the occasional off-spin of Ned Eckersley (2-0-12-0).

Derbyshire were 164-1 at tea and Borrington struck three more leg-side boundaries before Madsen cut to the fence as the visitors wrapped up the win early in the evening session.

Leicestershire took five points from the match, and the next game in the LV=CC comes against Division Two leaders Worcestershire at Grace Road on Sunday.


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