Luke Fletcher took five for 28 as Nottinghamshire thrashed neighbours Derbyshire by an innings and 36 runs to go top of Group One in the LV=Insurance County Championship with one match remaining.
Fletcher, the competition’s leading wicket-taker, took his tally to 46 as bottom-of-the-table Derbyshire were bowled out for 122 after tea.
Dane Paterson claimed three for 22, with Matt Critchley’s 36 a modest top score for the visitors, whose last four wickets fell for one run in 12 balls.
Nottinghamshire had been all out for 307 in reply to Derbyshire’s first-innings 149, with seamer Fynn Hudson-Prentice finishing with career-best figures of five for 68.
Ben Duckett’s 69 not out overnight remained the top score despite the left-hander having to be replaced mid-innings after England’s Covid emergency saw him picked in the new squad for the ODIs against Pakistan announced before play began.
The withdrawal of Duckett, who had been keeping wicket, meant a senior debut for Dane Schadendorf, the 18-year-old Zimbabwe Under-19s wicketkeeper who joined Nottinghamshire last December.
Despite Duckett’s absence, Nottinghamshire added 51 to their overnight lead of 107 before Derbyshire claimed the last three wickets, Schadendorf playing nicely for his 24 on his unexpected first-class debut, going on to take four catches in his maiden duty with the gloves.
Hudson-Prentice chalked up his five-for with his first over with the second new ball, although Fletcher showed his customary resistance to pick up a couple of boundaries.
However, Fletcher then hit Ben Aitchison to backward point before Schadendorf was bowled by Luis Reece to bring the Notts innings to a close, leading the visitors by 158.
Derbyshire lost Tom Wood from the final delivery before lunch as he edged Fletcher to first slip, and Brooke Guest was caught behind off an inside edge as Schadendorf grabbed the ball above his head to claim his maiden first-class victim shortly after the break.
Wickets in consecutive overs from Paterson plunged Derbyshire into more trouble as Leus du Plooy lost his off stump to a beauty and Luis Reece was leg before to one that came back.
Critchley’s bold approach brought him seven fours but he fell on the stroke of tea as Joey Evison found an edge, ending a 45-run partnership with Harvey Hosein.
Derbyshire suffered a further blow five overs into the last session as Hudson-Prentice flicked Fletcher lazily down the leg side and was caught by Schadendorf, before a late clatter saw the result confirmed shortly before 5pm.
Alex Thomson edged low to second slip and Michael Cohen was lbw to Paterson, before Fletcher claimed the tenth five-for of his career via a fourth catch by Schadendorf, as Notts took a 17-point lead at the summit.