LV County Championship - Division Two
Chesterfield - day three
Nottinghamshire 548-9 dec (S P Fleming 243, C M W Read 90, G P Swann 56, J L Clare 5-90) v Derbyshire 205 (Hassan Adnan 50, A R Adams 4-74) & 337 (T R Birt 85, G M Smith 51)
Nottinghamshire (22pts) beat Derbyshire (4pts) by an innings and 6 runs
Nottinghamshire are on the brink of claiming the second promotion spot in Division Two after thrashing Derbyshire by an innings and six runs with a day to spare at Chesterfield.
Derbyshire resumed on the third morning at 142-3 requiring a further 201 to make their visitors bat again.
Travis Birt led the way with 85, but the loss of wickets at regular intervals meant Derbyshire were all out for 337, failing by six runs to avoid an innings defeat.
Left-arm spinner Samit Patel was the most successful of Nottinghamshire's bowlers with 3-39.
Nottinghamshire now require six points from their final game of the season - away at Division Two champions Somerset - to secure second place in the table and an immediate return to the top-flight.
Stephen Fleming led from the front as Nottinghamshire closed in on a comprehensive victory over Derbyshire.
The New Zealander was finally dismissed for 243 - the highest individual score seen at the Queen's Park ground in Chesterfield since the war.
His efforts helped the visitors declare on 548-9, a total that proved too much for a Derbyshire side missing influential skipper Simon Katich.
Fleming's fellow Kiwi Andre Adams claimed four scalps as the hosts were skittled out for 205 in just 52.3 overs.
Forced to follow-on in perfect batting conditions, Derbyshire reached 142-3 second time around, Travis Birt unbeaten on 44.
Stephen Fleming smashed an unbeaten double century, as Nottinghamshire hit 500 runs on day one at Chesterfield.
New Zealand's World Cup captain hit 217 not out, from just 239 deliveries, as Derbyshire's bowlers were put to the sword on a batting-friendly pitch.
Openers Will Jefferson (36) and Jason Gallian (43) took the visitors to 82 before the fall of the first wicket.
Mark Wagh, Samit Patel and Bilal Shafayat then made paltry contributions, before former England wicketkeeper Chris Read (90) offered real support for the man in form.
The pair put on a superb stand of 186, before Jonathan Clare got Read caught by Tom Lungley, agonisingly short of a ton.
But Graeme Swann and Fleming then combined for an unbeaten century partnership to put the Outlaws firmly in control of the match at the close.