Shivnarine Chanderpaul guided Derbyshire to a precious two-wicket win over Somerset at Taunton in a match that could have a huge bearing on the LV=County Championship Division One relegation battle.
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The visitors reached their target of 244 after lunch had been taken with them just six runs short. Chanderpaul finished unbeaten on 74, having been dropped at mid-on by Craig Meschede off Piyush Chawla on 64, with 21 still needed.
Chawla claimed five for 97 and Jack Leach three for 54, but the two spinners couldn't quite finish off a Somerset fightback that made for a thrilling finale after they had conceded a first innings lead of 195.
Derbyshire began the fourth day on 127 for four, needing a further 117 on a pitch offering plenty of turn for Chawla and Leach.
Somerset's hopes were raised when Chawla had Richard Johnson caught behind for a duck off a slow leg-break without a run added.
But Alex Hughes then played positively to contribute 33 to a stand of 68 with Chanderpaul, who was content to largely push ones and twos as he reached a half-century off 86 balls, with four fours.
At 172 for five, with 72 required, Somerset opted to change wicketkeepers, with Alex Barrow taking over behind the stumps so that Craig Kieswetter could bowl his occasional off-spinners.
It was a move that smacked of desperation and Kieswetter reclaimed the gloves after sending down three innocuous overs in which he was fortunate not to concede more than 14 runs.
Leach was the most threatening Somerset bowler and he built pressure with 20 successive dot balls from the River End before pinning Hughes lbw on the back-foot with the total on 195.
A see-saw contest swung again as Tom Poynton was leg before trying to pull a Chawla long-hop and David Wainwright was stumped advancing down the pitch to the Indian spinner.
That was 216 for eight, with 28 more required. Chanderpaul survived a loud appeal for a catch at short-leg before Meschede spilled a catchable chance, two-handed to his right, to give the experienced West Indian a vital reprieve.
Tim Groenewald kept Chanderpaul company while lunch was delayed for 15 minutes with a finish imminent.
The drama continued as the players left the field at 12.45pm with the score 238 for eight. But it was all over for Somerset after their last throw of the dice, the second new ball, failed to reap reward and four leg-byes off Chanderpaul's hip settled the game.