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Notts finish off Derbyshire on fourth day

10th August 2017
Nottinghamshire took a step closer to a return to County Championship Division One when they beat the weather and Derbyshire to celebrate a crushing innings and 61 run victory on a record-breaking day at Derby.
 
Chris Read claimed his 368th dismissal to set a new wicket-keeping record for Notts a day before his 39th birthday as the Division Two leaders bowled Derbyshire out for 227 to move 35 points clear at the top.
 
Only Billy Godleman (47) and Ben Slater (44) threatened to deny the visitors but Brett Hutton claimed 5 for 74 to finish with 10 wickets in the match as Notts wrapped up a 24 point haul. 
 
The biggest threat to Nottinghamshire came from above with heavy rain through the night and first part of the morning ruling out any play until 1pm.
 
Derbyshire had to bat through 75 overs to deny them victory and Godleman and Slater began encouragingly as the Notts pace bowlers initially struggled with their line.
 
Footitt bowled two erratic overs from the City End and Jake Ball was also inconsistent which allowed Godleman and Slater to settle as they batted through the first 21 overs.
 
Hutton had done the damage in the first innings and he made the breakthrough when Slater was tempted into driving at one that swung away and Riki Wessels took the catch at second slip.
 
Godleman was the wicket Notts most wanted and Samit Patel got it in the 40th over when the ball ballooned off bat and pad to short extra cover where Hutton dived forward to take a good catch.
 
Footitt’s switch to the Racecourse End paid off immediately as he slanted one across Gary Wilson who edged to Read to beat Thomas Oates’s record and Hutton struck again in the fourth over after tea when Alex Hughes played across a full length ball.
 
Read had another victim three overs later when Harvey Hosein edged a good one from Ball who knocked out Hardus Viljoen off stump when he played over a full length delivery.
 
Tom Taylor and Tony Palladino resisted for 10 overs but Hutton returned to seal a sixth victory of the season with 12.1 overs remaining.
 
Notts skipper Chris Read spoke afterwards about his record, saying: "It's something I''ve been aware of and it's an honour. Thomas Oates played a lot of cricket for Nottinghamshire so to go past him and go top makes me immensely proud.

"I'm really happy that things are going well in my final season, we set ourselves some aims and goals and so far we are going a long way to achieving those which is primarily getting promoted to Division One.

"It was bitterly disappointing to get relegated last year and one of my roles and goals was to make sure the side is in the best possible spot for next year and hopefully that will be Division One cricket.

"Alex Hales' knock on day two was phenomenal and set up the game but for me the main headlines should go to Brett Hutton. To take five in each innings on a pitch that offered a little bit but was decent to bat on once you got in was a fantastic performance."

Derbyshire captain Billy Godleman said: "Bitterly disappointed, although there was still a small bit in the wicket for the seam bowlers the surface was only two and a bit days old because of the time lost and it was definitely one we felt we were capable of batting out on and saving the game.

"We had no one who batted a substantial amount of time and even with Wayne (Madsen) batting down at seven, in the conditions we should have found a way of not losing the game.

"We've definitely played better four day cricket this season compared to last but if you isolate this game we were exceptionally poor in all departments."
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