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Derbyshire won by 7 wickets.

Derbys vs Middlesex

Duo inspire Derbyshire

Season's best figures for Langeveldt

Season's best: Charl Langeveldt

LV County Championship - Division Two
Day four - Derby
Middlesex 306 (E C Joyce 64) & 166 (C K Langeveldt 5-40) v Derbyshire 347 (G M Smith 113, C J L Rogers 80, M Kartik 4-101) & 130-3 (D J Birch 66 no)
Derbyshire (20pts) beat Middlesex (6pts) by 7 wkts

Derbyshire scored a seven-wicket victory in their County Championship match with Middlesex after the latter's batting order suffered a dramatic second-innings collapse at the County Ground.

Charl Langeveldt and Wavell Hinds were on inspiring form for Derbyshire as the visitors lost their last seven wickets for 48 to be dismissed for 166 in the Division Two clash.

South African seamer Langeveldt took a season's best 5-40 while Hinds took 3-22 before Derbyshire reached their second-innings target of 126 with 22.4 overs in hand.

In good batting conditions, Middlesex began the day 12 runs ahead and with eight wickets in hand. However, wickets soon started to tumble.

Eoin Morgan was first to go in the fifth over when he was caught behind by Tom New off Langeveldt. Dawid Malan survived a scare when Rikki Clarke dropped him at first slip but he and Dan Housego then began to frustrate Derbyshire.

However, Hinds then took the ball and the West Indian's gentle medium pace promptly yielded three wickets for only five runs in his first five overs.

Malan (47) was caught behind, Ben Scott (0) went the same way and Gareth Berg edged a back-foot force, meaning Middlesex had slumped to 136-6.

The gritty innings of Housego (36) ended three overs later when Langeveldt returned to knock back his off-stump.

Murali Kartik fell to the same bowler just before lunch, with Middlesex's tail of Alan Richardson and Tim Murtagh being dispatched by Langeveldt in two deliveries.

Murtagh gave the visitors a glimmer of hope by having Paul Borrington caught low at second slip with the total on 21 but he then spilled a low return chance when Dan Birch was on 12.

Chris Rogers played on trying to cut Kartik and Hinds was bowled driving at Dan Evans but Birch sealed victory with a six to finish unbeaten on 66.

Day three

Greg Smith's maiden first-class hundred allowed Derbyshire to claim a first-innings lead on day three of their LV County Championship Division One fixture against Middlesex.

The South African-born batsman turned his overnight position of 12 into an innings of 113 as Derbyshire were bowled out for 347, a lead of 41.

Smith struck 13 fours during his 182-ball knock before becoming one of Middlesex seamer Alan Richardson's (3-46) three victims. Richardson was well supported by Indian left-arm spinner Murali Kartik, who finished with 4-101.

Middlesex lost opening pair Billy Godleman (2) and Ed Joyce (34) on their way to 53-2 in their second innings by the close, an overall advantage of 12 heading into the final day.

Day two

Chris Rogers hit an unbeaten 59 to lead Derbyshire to 128-3 in reply to Middlesex's first innings of 306 by the close of day two at Derby.

Rogers impressed in his first match in charge of the county since taking over the captaincy from Rikki Clarke, who resigned to concentrate on his own game.

The Australian opener shared a second-wicket stand of 71 with Dan Birch to ensure the hosts made a solid start to their first-innings reply.

Middlesex seamer Tim Murtagh (1-38) claimed his 50th wicket of the LV County Championship season when he removed Rogers' opening partner Paul Borrington (6) early.

And although Indian spinner Murali Kartik (2-49) claimed the wickets of Birch (39) and Wavell Hinds (2) within the space of three balls, Rogers and Greg Smith (12no) stood form to reach the close.

Earlier, solid contributions all the way down the order allowed Middlesex to extend their first innings from 146-3 to 306 all out.

Dawid Malan made 33 after resuming his innings following an X-ray on a bruised arm, while number nine Kartik finished on 33 not out.

Day one

On a wet and windy day across the country, the County Ground repelled the elements the best as 47.2 overs were bowled before Middlesex reached 146-3 at stumps.

After winning the toss and electing to bat, captain Ed Joyce led by example as he made a patient 64 before being cruelly run out.

Irish compatriot Eoin Morgan also chipped in with a useful 34, however when Ian Hunter dismissed him in the final over of the day, Derbyshire left the field with renewed hope heading into day two.

Opener Billy Godleman was the only other wicket to fall for 22 after Charl Langeveldt found his edge and Chris Rodgers pounced to take a smart catch in the slips.

Match Details

12th Aug 2008
Racecourse Ground, Derby
N A Mallender and N G B Cook