LV County Championship - Division Two
Lord's - Day Four
Derbyshire 244 (D J Birch 72, C J L Rogers 63) & 273 (J L Clare 57, T J Murtagh 4-70) v Middlesex 262 (B J M Scott 66, E C Joyce 58, K J Dean 4-28) & 256-4 (O A Shah 86, E T Smith 74)
Middlesex (19pts) beat Derbyshire (4pts) by 6 wkts
Owais Shah and Ed Smith both hit fifties as Middlesex powered to victory against Derbyshire at Lord's.
Starting the day on 260-9, Derbyshire added just 13 for their final wicket to close on 273 to leave Middlesex chasing a target of 256 for victory.
The hosts suffered an early setback when Billy Godleman went for eight with the score just on 28 as he was trapped lbw by Charl Langeveldt.
England hopeful Shah came to the crease though and he put on 96 with Smith before the skipper was bowled by Jake Needham for 74 - which came from just 81 balls to get Middlesex rolling towards victory.
Shah was more watchful as Ed Joyce came in with a quick 34 at nearly a run-a-ball, before a third fifty partnership as Shah went on to make 86.
Eoin Morgan was able to steer the ship from there and Middlesex went on to win by six wickets in the end with a degree of comfort.
Derbyshire moved into position to claim only their second win of the season after moving to 260-9 before bad light stopped play in their second innings.
Middlesex had Derbyshire on the ropes at 91-5 in the morning session before a stand of 57 between Graham Wagg (41) and John Sadler (37) put the visitors back in the driving seat.
Charl Langeveldt hit a quickfire 30 from 17 balls, including three fours and a six to help take the visitors into a lead of 242 with a day to play.
Langeveldt was stumped by wicketkeeper Ben Scott, who claimed six dismissals in the innings, after trying one shot too many off veteran spinner Shaun Udal.
Jonathan Clare also upped the tempo, finishing on 46 not out from 48 deliveries as he helped set Middlesex a target they may not fancy chasing on a deteriorating wicket.
A record ninth-wicket partnership of 90 from Ben Scott and Shaun Udal rescued Middlesex against Derbyshire at Lord's.
The hosts managed to scrap their way to 262 all out, giving them an 18-run lead, and at stumps Derbyshire were struggling on 49-2 in their second innings.
Udal came in to bat with his team struggling on 172-8, but a superb partnership, beating the previous best of 68, put the game back in the balance.
The partnership, which included 14 fours from 140 balls, was finally broken when Scott - who top scored with 66 - edged a Kevin Dean delivery down the leg side where wicketkeeper Freddie Klokker made a good diving catch.
Dean then took out Dirk Nannes' off stump with the next delivery to end the Middlesex innings and leave himself on a hat-trick.
Derbyshire had 19 overs to survive at the crease but Middlesex had their tails up by now and Vernon Philander saw Chris Rogers (11) edge his
delivery to Owais Shah at first slip.
Stephen Stubbings was then caught behind on 14 from Tim Murtagh's excellent delivery to putv the hosts on top heading into day three.
Derbyshire suffered a dramatic collapse on the first day of their LV County Championship Division Two match against Middlesex at Lord's.
The decision of Middlesex captain Ed Smith to field after winning the toss was ultimately vindicated after the visitors were bowled out for 244.
It looked a poor call early on, however, after Derbyshire reached 217-5. Although Steve Stubbings (26) was caught behind off Dirk Nannes, Chris Rodgers made 67 before edging a Vernon Philander delivery onto his stumps.
Captain Rikki Clarke (14) was bowled by Danny Evans while John Sadler (4) was trapped lbw by Tim Murtagh. Despite wilting on 151-4, Derbyshire improved approaching tea.
However, four wickets in 17 balls, including that of Dan Birch, who made a dogged 72 before being caught behind off Shaun Udal, gave Middlesex the upper hand.
In reply, the hosts' hopes of surviving the remaining five overs were dashed when Billy Godleman (1) was trapped lbw by Kevin Dean.