Derbyshire lose despite Wilson fightback
Despite a battling 97 from Gary Wilson, Derbyshire lost to Kent by 169 runs on Day Three of the Specsavers County Championship fixture at The Spitfire Ground.
Adam Rouse made his highest first-class score of 95 not out and Darren Stevens struck 90 to help Kent post 308 and set Derbyshire 409 to win.
Wilson led the chase hitting 97 from 107 balls, including 17 fours, but ultimately the run-chase proved too steep and were Derbyshire all out for 239.
Jeevan Mendis broke the 90-run partnership between overnight batsmen Rouse and Stevens with his first ball of the innings, skidding a delivery through to remove Stevens lbw for 90.
James Harris chipped in with 32 before he was out to a good catch by Luis Reece off the bowling of Davis, the seamer picking up his third wicket of the innings – and take his tally to 13 after the opening two matches of the season.
James Tredwell was the final wicket to fall, caught by Billy Godleman off the bowling of Wayne Madsen to set Derbyshire 409 runs to win.
Beginning their second innings after lunch, Derbyshire soon slipped to 21-2, first Billy Godleman (4) caught by Tredwell at second slip off Stevens, then Shiv Thakor (6) was out to South Africa paceman Wayne Parnell, caught by Joe Denly.
Reece was then caught at first slip by Matt Coles for 14, Harris picking up his first wicket of the innings. Madsen played nicely for his 32, hitting six fours as well as one six, uppercut over the third man boundary, before he was lbw to Coles.
Harris had his second wicket in the following over, Daryn Smit (11) bowled by an in-swinging delivery, reducing Derbyshire to 78-5.
Wilson and Alex Hughes put on 80 for the sixth wicket before Hughes (12), who had defended resolutely, was out to Stevens, caught behind by Rouse.
Mendis struck three fours before he became Stevens’ third wicket of the innings, caught behind by Rouse for 17. Tom Milnes (11) was out to a rising delivery which straightened off the surface, caught by Rouse off Harris, his fifth catch of the match.
Wilson continued to play a counter-attacking innings but fell three short of his century, out lbw to Harris for a well-made 97.
Davis (8) was the last man out, mistiming a lofted drive which was caught by Sam Northeast off Coles. Tony Palladino was not out on 14 as Derbyshire fell 170 runs short of their target.
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