Hughes plays amazing knock as Derbyshire record historic win

Chesney Hughes played a superb innings for Derbyshire to help them record an amazing come-from-behind victory in their English County Cricket match against Gloucestershire on Wednesday. For Derbyshire it was one of the most astonishing wins in history as they recovered from being bowled out for just 44 in their first innings to beat Gloucestershire by 54 runs.

Hughes, the 19-year-old from the tiny island of Anguilla, was the key man. The strongly-built six-footer who was playing in just his 11th first-class match carved out a heroic 96 not out – off 156 balls with 13 boundaries and a six -- on a difficult pitch for the batsmen. It was more than double the next best score in the match and guided Derbyshire to 236 all out in the second innings. That set Gloucestershire 125 to win but some ill-disciplined batting saw them crash to 70 all out and an stunning defeat inside two days.

Tim Groenewald was the pick of the visiting bowlers today with 4-22, while new-ball partner Graham Wagg claimed 3-31. The home side’s batsmen contributed to their own downfall, however, with Hamish Marshall’s 44 and 11 from last-man Anthony Ireland the only scores in double figure. Derbyshire took 19 points from their astonishing comeback – their first win since April, while Gloucestershire’s three-point haul could well signal the end of their promotion hopes.

Elsewhere on the circuit, Windies batting stalwart Shiv Chanderpaul made 38 as Lancashire dominated Hampshire at Liverpool. Hampshire made 160 on the first day and Lances rattled up 398 and the visitors closed the second day on 15-0.

The 36-year-old left-hander laid the foundation facing 140 balls in three hours at the crease before he was run out. The batting star for Lancashire was Kyle Hogg, the grandson of Trinidad and Tobago and West Indies great Sonny Ramadhin, who made a blazing 81 in two hours to add to the four wickets he took in Hampshire’s first innings.