Derbyshire beat Hampshire to be crowned Division Two champions

Derbyshire CCC. Usman Khawaja
Derbyshire CCC. Usman Khawaja

DERBYSHIRE have been crowned LV=County Championship Division Two champions after beating Hampshire this afternoon (Friday).

Usman Khawaja’s second half-century of the match, along with an unbeaten 38 from Ross Whiteley, helped guide the side to a six-wicket victory at the County Ground.

With promotion already assured, Wayne Madsen’s men began the final day of the 2012 season by dismissing Hampshire for 198 in their second innings. The key wicket to fall was that of batsman Bilal Shafayat for 81, run out by Whiteley.

Set 196 runs to win the title, Derbyshire batsmen Madsen (24) and Paul Borrington (21) put on an opening stand of 45 before both fell in quick succession before lunch, to the bowling of Liam Dawson and David Griffiths respectively.

Khawaja progressed the score in the afternoon session, despite the loss of Wes Durston, trapped LBW by Griffiths for 23, and Dan Redfern (11), caught by Jimmy Adams off the bowling of Dawson.

Their dismissal brought Whiteley to the crease to join Khawaja, and the pair knocked off the remaining runs in style.