LV County Championship - Division Two
Grace Road - Day Three
Derbyshire 194 (G J P Kruger 5-51) & 203 (S J Cliff 4-42) v Leicestershire 208 (G P Smith 54, J Needham 6-49) & 193-2 (H H Dippenaar 84 no, M A G Boyce 68) Leicestershire (18pts) beat Derbyshire (3pts) by 8 wkts
Leicestershire finished their disappointing season with a flourish, beating Derbyshire by eight wickets to claim their first championship win for nearly four months.
Derbyshire started the day in a strong position but collapsed to 203 all out in their second innings, setting Leicestershire a modest target of 190.
With Matt Boyce and Boeta Dippenaar hitting half-centuries, Leicestershire secured victory with a day to spare, Hylton Ackerman hitting the winning runs off the final ball of the third over during the optional extra half-hour.
Dippenaar finished with an unbeaten 84 off 104 balls - his best score of the season - and Boyce also returned to form, scoring 68 to post only his second half-century in his last 21 innings.
Derbyshire began the day on 85 without loss and a lead of 71 but lost all 10 wickets for 115 runs to open the door for the home side's victory.
Jake Needham claimed career-best figures of 6-49 to drag Derbyshire right back into their game at Leicestershire.
Needham's wickets helped to bowl out the Foxes for 208 and ensure the visitors were just 12 behind as they started their second innings - when they made it to 85 without loss at the close.
21-year-old off-spinner Needham's figures came as Leicestershire collapsed from 152-5 to lose their final five wickets for just 33 runs.
The hosts had hardly started well though as they resumed on 30-1, losing both Boata Dippenaar and HD Ackerman with the score on 40.
Greg Smith made the only half century of the innings with his 54, including a 63-run partnership with Paul Nixon (46).
As wickets tumbled only a final-wicket stand of 26 from Lee Daggett and Sam Cliff earned a brief lead for Leicestershire, which was soon rubbed out by Derbyshire openers Steve Stubbings and Paul Borrington.
Garnett Kruger snared his second five-wicket haul of the season as Leicestershire took control on day one of their LV County Championship Division Two clash with Derbyshire at Grace Road.
The South African paceman took 5-51 as the visitors were dismissed for just 194 after winning the toss.
In reply Leicestershire had reached 31-1 before bad light stopped play with 20 overs still to be bowled.
An eventful morning session saw Derbyshire score 103 runs for the loss of four wickets in 31 overs.
Dan Redfern top-scored for the visitors with a hard-fought 47 off 83 balls, but he became one of Kruger's five wickets as he was trapped leg before from the third ball after lunch.
Kruger and fellow seamers Sam Cliff and Lee Daggett made use of a lively pitch with Cliff and Daggett picking up two wickets apiece.
Derbyshire did claims and early breakthrough as Wayne White removed Leicestershire opener Matthew Boyce for six, but Greg Smith and Botha Dippenaar ensured no further wickets fell before bad light interrupted.