LV County Championship - Division Two
Surrey 131 (G G Wagg 6-35) & 360 (S A Newman 124, U Afzaal 59) v Derbyshire 274 (G M Smith 94 no, P T Collins 5-75) & 220-5 (S D Stubbings 83, G T Park 50)
Derbyshire (19pts) beat Surrey (3pts) by 5 wkts
Derbyshire maintained their impressive home record in the LV County Championship with a five-wicket victory over Surrey at the County Ground.
Resuming the final day on 145-2, Derbyshire knocked off the 73 runs they needed five minutes before lunch with opener Steve Stubbings top scoring with 83 to complete a 19-point haul.
Derbyshire went through the 2008 season unbeaten at home in the Championship and their latest home success never looked in doubt as they comfortable chased the 218-run target on a pitch which had flattened out.
Left-handers Stubbings and Dan Redfearn reduced the target by 21 before Chris Jordan had Redfern caught at midwicket for 17.
Chris Schofield had Wavell Hinds caught behind for nine and went on to end Stubbings' stay by clean bowling him for his best Championship score for nearly two years.
Greg Smith (28 not out) cut Schofield to the cover point boundary before James Pipe, who is leading the side in the absence of skipper Chris Rogers, completed victory when he swept the spinner for four.
Derbyshire will return on the final day needing just 73 more runs with eight second-innings wickets in hand to secure victory over Surrey.
Garry Park followed up a career-best bowling performance of 3-25 with an even 50 as the hosts made an excellent start in their efforts to chase down a target of 218.
Steve Stubbings, who was unbeaten on 66 at the close, combined with Park to put on 89 for the first wicket before Pedro Collins ended their alliance.
Stuart Law also fell late on, though Derbyshire finished on 145-2 to move within touching distance of a first win of the new season.
Surrey would have hoped to have set their opponents a larger target but, having resumed in the morning on 213-3, no batsman was able to get a big contribution before they were bowled out for 360.
Usman Afzaal made 59 while James Benning cracked five fours in his 36. Chris Schofield was left high and dry on 31 not out as Park's medium pace mopped up the tail.
Scott Newman's century kept Surrey in the match at Derby after the hosts had built up a commanding first-innings lead.
Greg Smith had earlier made an unbeaten 94, as Derbyshire put on 186 for their last three wickets to leave Surrey trailing by 143.
Newman led a spirited fightback with his 14th first-class hundred, until he fell just before the close when Surrey were 213 for three, 70 in front.
Batting was easier on the second day and Smith and Wagg built steadily on the overnight lead of 21 against a Surrey attack that was missing Andre Nel, who was off the field with a slight hamstring strain.
Despite the clatter of wickets on the first day, the pitch had played well but there was a worrying sign for the visiting batsmen later in the day when Laurie Evans was bowled by a shooter from Jon Clare.
At that stage, Surrey were still 14 runs adrift but Newman pulled Clare for his 16th four to reach his century, which came off 165 balls.
With Usman Afzaal, he added 75 in 16 overs before Garry Park claimed his first wicket for Derbyshire when he had Newman caught behind for 124.
Derbyshire inched ahead of Surrey after 17 wickets went down on the opening day of their Division Two fixture at Derby.
Surrey were skittled for 131 after opting to bat first, left-arm seamer Graham Wagg claimed 6-35 - including all of the top five.
Wicketkeeper Jonathan Batty, with 36, was the only contributor of note but Surrey's bowlers soon got them back in the contest.
Former West Indies seamer Pedro Collins (4-37) collected four wickets as Derbyshire were reduced to 88-7 in reply.
But Wagg (22no) strapped on his pads and strode out at number eight to help Greg Smith (35no) add an unbroken 64 as Derbyshire reached stumps at 152-7 with what could be a priceless lead of 21.