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Derbyshire were relegated from Division One of the LV= County Championship after a dismal first-innings batting performance against Warwickshire at the County Ground.
After Warwickshire declared on Wednesday at 391 for nine, Derbyshire slumped to 44 for five by the close and were all out on Thursday morning for 103, with Shivnarine Chanderpaul's 52 the only notable knock.
Keith Barker finished with five for 55 as Derbyshire failed to muster the batting points that could have given them hope of a dramatic escape.
It meant Nottinghamshire and Somerset, who were facing each other at Trent Bridge and keeping one eye on events in Derby, were assured of their safety in the top flight.
Derbyshire coach Karl Krikken admitted his team had paid the price for a poor start to the season.
He told Sky Sports News: "We got it right with six or seven games to go but unfortunately it was too late.
"We changed personnel, got a few of the youngsters in and added to the senior guys and we started to compete.
"Unfortunately early doors we got blown away."
Krikken was confident Derbyshire had the squad to seek an immediate return to the top flight, adding: "We'll have a few weeks off and then plan an assault on the second division.
"The same personnel who got us up last time are still with us. We'll plan and go again."