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Day 4 of 4
Worcestershire won by 8 wickets.

Worcs vs Derbys

Walk in the Park for Pears

Visitors fail to cling on for a draw on final day at New Road

Jaques: Whirlwind knock of 94

Phil Jaques helped make quick work of a victory target of 126 as Worcestershire defeated Derbyshire by eight wickets at New Road.

LV County Championship - Division Two New Road - Day Four Worcestershire 559-8 dec (D K H Mitchell 148, A N Kervezee 130, P A Jaques 92, R J Peterson 4-170) & 126-2 (P A Jaques 94) v Derbyshire 295 (P S Jones 86, C J L Rogers 50, A Richardson 4-72) & 389 (G T Park 124 no, G M Smith 64) Worcestershire (24pts) beat Derbyshire (3pts) by 8 wkts

Australian Jaques, who made 92 in the home side's first innings on day one, hammered 17 fours and two sixes to race to 94 from just 57 balls.

The opener's explosive batting left the rest of his team-mates with little to do in their run-chase, skipper Vikram Solanki finishing up unbeaten on 18 to see his side to their required total in just 15.5 overs.

It had been a largely frustrating day up until then for the Pears, as Derbyshire proved a much tougher nut to crack than they had first time around.

Resuming on 183 for three having been forced to follow-on, Garry Park gave the visitors hope that they could rescue a draw by making an unbeaten 124 .

However Greg Smith fell early for 64 and from then on Worcestershire worked their way through the lower order to bowl their opponents out for 389, Richard Jones and Gareth Andrew both picking up three wickets apiece.

Day Three

Derbyshire bowler Steffan Jones made the highest score by a number 11 for his county but failed to overt the follow-on at New Road.

Jones hit 86 from 70 balls and partnered Tim Groenewald in the second-highest last-wicket stand - 123 - in the county's 139-history, but it was not enough to alter the course of the game.

The stand was an unexpected hold-up for the hosts, who then made further inroads after asking Derbyshire to bat again 264 in arrears, reducing the visitors to 183 for three second time around by the close.

The overnight seventh-wicket pair of Robin Peterson (46) and Tom Poynton put on 50 before being caught in the slips, while Groenewald added a useful 35 to the late slog.

When they batted again, Gareth Andrew and Jack Shantry forced errors by the top three to reduce them to 104 for three before Greg Smith (54no) and Garry Park (34no) dug in after tea to add 79 for the fourth wicket.

Day Two

Alexei Kervezee completed a maiden first-class century as Worcestershire seized the initiative in their County Championship match against Derbyshire at New Road.

After being dropped first ball on the opening day, the 20-year-old Dutchman made 130 in an entertaining innings which brought 15 fours and three sixes in 175 balls before the swashbuckling ended when Robin Peterson had him caught at mid-on.

Peterson ended the day with figures of four for 170 from 47 overs but with a partnership of 67 also coming from Ben Scott (40 not out) and Gareth Andrew (33), the home side eventually declared on at 559 for eight - the biggest total in Division Two this season.

After being kept in the field for 142 overs, Derbyshire required 410 to avoid the follow-on and immediately they were in trouble, collapsing to 138 for six against an impressive Worcestershire seam attack.

Richard Jones, Alan Richardson and Jack Shantry found much more life in the pitch and five catches were safely held, from wicketkeeper Scott to Daryl Mitchell and Vikram Solanki in the slips.

Only Chris Rogers, with seven fours and a six in reaching 50, made any headway in the top order until he was well taken by Mitchell for the first of two wickets in four balls for Richardson.

Day One

Worcestershire made a strong start to their Division Two encounter with Derbyshire as they made 376-3 on the back of Daryl Mitchell's knock of 148.

Batting first after winning the toss at New Road, the hosts took full advantage of a fine batting wicket as they strolled to 115 at lunch without losing a wicket.

Phil Jacques fell just eight runs short of a century when he was bowled by Tom Lungley in the 42nd over with the score on 167, while Vikram Solanki was run out by Tim Groenewald for 42.

Mitchell brought up his century from 177 balls before his big innings was ended by Robin Peterson on 148.

However Worcestershire showed no signs of letting up as Dutchman Alexei Kervezee moved on to 66 not out by the close.

Match Details

Date
17th - 20th May 2010
Toss
Venue
New Road, Worcester
Umpires
N J Llong and D J Milns

worcs BATTING CARD

Batsman R
Mitchell c Borrington b Lungley 5
Jaques c Madsen b Peterson 94
Solanki not out 18
Kervezee not out 4
Extras 4nb, 1lb 5
Total Close, 15.5 Overs 126 - 2
Full Batting Card

derbys BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
Jones 3 2 5 0
Groenewald 2 0 21 0
Peterson 5.5 0 46 1
Lungley 3 0 29 1
Park 2 0 24 0
Full Bowling Card