Derbyshire seal seven wicket win over Gloucestershire

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Pace bowler Mark Footitt and opening batsman Billy Godleman guided Derbyshire to a seven-wicket win over Gloucestershire in the LV= County Championship Division Two match at Bristol.

Footitt took three of the last four Gloucestershire wickets to fall on the final day to finish with six for 94 and a match haul of nine for 166.

Hamish Marshall (79) and James Fuller (51) put on 94 for the seventh Gloucestershire wicket, but both were dismissed by Footitt as the hosts were bowled out for 411.

Set 142 to win in a minimum of 53 overs, Godelman made 51 as Derbyshire secured their first four-day victory of the summer and handed Gloucestershire a second successive defeat.

Gloucestershire began the day on 253 for six and a draw did not look out of the question as Marshall and Fuller took advantage of good batting conditions.

Fuller dominated the stand with nine fours in his 76-ball half-century, most of which were driven through cover or extra cover. He was eventually undone by a perfect inswinger from Footitt, which clipped the top of middle and off stumps.

Marshall’s four hours of resistance ended two overs later when he fell victim to Martin Guptill’s third brilliant catch of the innings, as the New Zealander snaffled a square drive from Marshall high above his head at backward point.

Craig Miles and Liam Norwell added 45 for the ninth wicket before the innings was wrapped up shortly after lunch.

Norwell edged a drive to wickeketkeeper Harvey Hosein to give Footitt his sixth wicket, before Matt Taylor fell to another backward point catch by Guptill, this time off Shiv Thakor. Miles was left unbeaten on 31, having struck five fours.

Godleman and Ben Slater ensured Derbyshire’s victory chase would be a straightforward one with an opening stand of 81, in which Godleman played much more freely than his fellow left-hander.

Slater fell for 25 when he carved a delivery from Norwell to Will Tavare at point. From the next ball, Godelman edged Taylor to Chris Dent at second slip, having struck seven fours in his 62-ball innings.

Derbyshire skipper Wayne Madsen joined first-innings double centurion Guptill in the middle and pair upped the tempo with a stand of 52 in six overs.

Guptill, who hit 11 sixes in the first innings, struck three more in his unbeaten 31, all of which came in an over from Fuller.

Madsen cracked five fours in his 20 before Fuller had him caught at second slip by Dent with nine runs required. But the win was duly completed by Guptill and Wes Durston.