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Derbyshire fightback stuns Gloucestershire

Derbyshire 44 and 236 beat Gloucestershire 156 & 70 by 54 runs
(Derbys 19pts, Glos 3pts)
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Derbyshire batsman Chesney Hughes
Chesney Hughes faced 156 balls for his unbeaten 96

Derbyshire completed a remarkable fightback to beat Gloucestershire inside two days at Bristol.

After being rolled for just 44 on day one, Derbyshire bowled out the hosts for 70 to win by 54 runs.

The visitors began the day on 127-4, with an unbeaten 96 from Chesney Hughes taking them to 236 all out and setting Gloucestershire 125 to win.

Tim Groenewald (4-22) and Graeme Wagg (3-31) then helped to run through the home side's batting inside 25 overs.

After 24 wickets fell on the first day, Gloucestershire looked to be on course for victory when they removed Steve Adshead, Greg Smith, Robin Peterson and Jonathan Clare to reduce Derbyshire to 175-8.

But Hughes, first in a ninth-wicket stand of 36 with Wagg, then by adding 25 for the 10th wicket with Steffan Jones, set the hosts a target that would prove to be beyond them.


Opening bowlers Wagg and Groenewald each had 10-over spells and shared the wickets that saw Gloucestershire tumble to 46-7.

Will Porterfield was pinned lbw, Chris Dent and Alex Gidman were both bowled and James Franklin, Chris Taylor, Steve Snell and Jon Lewis all fell to poor shots.

After Jack Taylor drove a return catch to Jones, Hamish Marshall, who had seen much of the carnage unfold from the non-striker's end, had no option to throw the bat but fell for 44 to a catch behind off Jonathan Clare.

Clare scattered Anthony Ireland's stumps soon after to seal a win that gives Derbyshire hope of avoiding the wooden spoon and dents Gloucestershire's chances of winning promotion from Division Two.

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