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Derbyshire defeated as Surrey seal promotion

Friday 4th September 2015
Written by Danny Painter

Wayne Madsen hit an unbeaten 76, but it was in vain as Surrey defeated Derbyshire to seal promotion from Division Two of the LV= County Championship at the Kia Oval.

Derbyshire began the final day with a deficit of 247 runs and despite half-centuries from Madsen and Wes Durston (57), the visitors were dismissed for 149.

Gareth Batty (6-51) took a hat-trick to finish the match and complete an innings and 98-run victory to seal Surrey’s return to Division One after a two-year absence.

Derbyshire lost both opening batsmen in the first three overs on Day Four as brothers Sam and Tom Curran removed Billy Godleman and Ben Slater without a run added to the scoreboard.

Chesney Hughes was then run out for five to leave the visitors 9-3 in the eighth over, but Madsen and Durston responded to add 86 runs for the fourth wicket.

Durston was first to fifty, his second first-class half-century of the season, at the start of the afternoon session but veteran off-spinner Batty struck twice in an over to thwart the recovery as Durston was lbw for 57 before Harvey Hosein was caught by Rory Burns at short-leg three balls later without scoring.

Batty then removed Tom Milnes for 3, but Madsen was there and brought up his fourth LV= County Championship half-century of the season as he passed 800 runs for the campaign.

Zafar Ansari claimed his 100th first-class wicket as he trapped Matt Critchley in front of his stumps to reduce Derbyshire to 144-7.

Gareth Batty then produced a stunning hat-trick to remove Tony Palladino (2), Mark Footitt (0) and Ben Cotton (0) to return figures of 6-51 and seal victory for the hosts.

Derbyshire are back in home action on Wednesday 9 September for the start of the LV= County Championship fixture versus Essex. Supporters can save £4 by purchasing tickets in advance.

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