Derbyshire finally overcame dogged Leicestershire resistance to wrap up an innings victory over their local rivals in Division Two of the County Championship. Derbyshire are unbeaten in their three County Championship games this summer
LPJ Kimber and CF Parkinson tried to delay the victory but they fall very soon.
Derbyshire 531 (Masood 219, McKiernan 101, Madsen 94, du Plooy 61*, Barnes 5-101) beat Leicestershire 213 (Evans 63, Conners 4-62) and 250 (Kimber 54, Thomson 3-50) by an innings and 68 runs.
Leicestershire were 172 runs behind overnight with only four second-innings wickets in hand after trailing by 318 runs on first innings.
Louis Kimber made 54 and Callum Parkinson 49 as Leicestershire kept Derbyshire waiting until mid-afternoon before they were all out for 250 as they required only 68 runs to make Derbyshire bat again.
Derbyshire also drew their first two fixtures of the new season but after Pakistan international Shan Masood’s second consecutive double century and a maiden first-class hundred by Mattie McKiernan had given them such a handsome advantage at the halfway stage they would have seen this as a wasted opportunity had they failed to win.
Parkinson moved to within a single of a half-century of his own but when Derbyshire skipper Billy Godleman called on Anuj Dal to bowl for the first time on the day, the medium pacer had the Leicestershire vice-captain leg before with his first ball to complete the win.
It is only the second time in 58 years that Derbyshire have beaten their East Midlands rivals by an innings and the first time at Grace Road, as the Uptonsteel County Ground is traditionally known, since 1896.
Indeed, the win over Leicestershire by an innings and 32 runs at Derby in 2011 was Derbyshire’s last innings victory over any opponent.