WORCESTERSHIRE’s Dillon Pennington took his maiden five-wicket haul as he ripped through the Derbyshire batting order to help the Pears to their first LV=County Championship win of the season at New Road.

Having taken three wickets on Saturday, Pennington returned in the morning session on Sunday to take two more as Worcestershire needed just 8 overs to take the final four wickets and secure the result by an innings and 23 runs.

The County take 23 points from the win and move up to third in Group One, after going without a victory in their opening seven matches. Derbyshire remain bottom of the standings and remain winless.

The visitors, having been forced to follow-on after being bowled out for 270 in reply to Worcestershire’s first innings total of 421, were then bowled out for just 128 as they slumped to a dismal defeat.

Derbyshire started the day on 112-6 and, barring something spectacular, were staring a damaging loss square in the face as

18 deliveries had been faced before the first wicket of the morning was taken, as captain Joe Leach bowled a beauty that Wayne Madsen (45) edged to wicketkeeper Ben Cox.

The hosts were closing in now and shortly afterwards, Pennington had his fourth wicket of the innings when Ben Aitchison (0) nicked through to Cox, who was again on hand to take the catch with Derbyshire now 8 wickets down for 117 runs.

Then came the great moment for Pennington as he sealed his five-wicket haul when he bowled Sam Conners (9) to cap off a brilliant weekend with the ball.

With only one wicket left, it was a question of when and not if and it fell to the soon-to-be departing Alzarri Joseph, who ended his time with the county by taking the wicket of Dustin Melton (1).