County Championship: Leicestershire beat Derbyshire as Mohammad Abbas shines

Mohammad Abbas
Mohammad Abbas took a total of eight wickets in the match
Specsavers County Championship Division Two, 3aaa County Ground (day three):
Derbyshire 245 & 186: Critchley 86; Abbas 6-54
Leicestershire 297 & 133-4: Ackermann 58, Horton 48
Leicestershire (21 pts) beat Derbyshire (4 pts) by six wickets

Six second-innings wickets from Mohammad Abbas helped Leicestershire ease to a six-wicket victory over Derbyshire go third in the Division Two of the County Championship.

Having taken two wickets late on day two to leave Derbyshire on 43-3 at stumps, the Pakistan bowler ripped through Derbyshire's top order.

Matt Critchley's 86 was the only score of note in a total of 186 all out.

Abbas took 6-54 before the Foxes made their target of 133 in 29.4 overs.

Having lost opener Sam Evans for two, Paul Horton (48) and Colin Ackermann (58) put on 97 for the second wicket to ensure Leicestershire took 21 points across the county border with a day to spare.

Derbyshire captain Billy Godleman told BBC Radio Derby:

"I'm bitterly disappointed with the result.

"I think we lost a couple of crucial parts of the game - we lost clusters of wickets in both innings, and I think they out-bowled us with their new-ball bowlers."

Leicestershire head coach Paul Nixon told BBC Radio Leicester:

"We've shown tremendous character. It was a short turnaround (after losing by one wicket to Middlesex).

"To bowl first was the right thing to do on that pitch and there wasn't one person who shirked any responsibilities. Testament to the group for their attitude. We were top-class."

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