Tony Palladino and Jon Clare shared eight wickets as Derbyshire restricted Gloucestershire to 179-9 and took command on Day Two.
The hosts had resumed on 362-9 and the Derbyshire faithful were treated to some lusty blows as the overnight pair of Jon Clare and Tim Groenewald smashed 26 runs off the first two overs to advance the score to 288, before the former was bowled Ian Saxelby for 48; Groenewald finishing unbeaten on nine.
The Gloucestershire response then got off to the worst possible start as opener Benny Howell was caught behind off Palladino for a third ball duck, only for former England Under-19s batsman Chris Dent and New Zealand international Kane Williamson to stubbornly repel the Derbyshire attack.
Pre-Lunch, Gloucestershire had regained a stranglehold on the game, with Dent passing 50, however the dismissal of Williamson – bowled Clare for 25 – saw the hosts back in the ascendency at the close of the first session.
The post-Lunch action brought about a series of frustrating stoppages for rain, however Derbyshire continued to plug away in clinical fashion as Palladino and Clare began turning the screw in gloomy overhead conditions at The County Ground.
Hamish Marshall (10), Dent (55) both fell to Palladino to restrict Gloucestershire to 120-4 and when Tim Groenewald claimed his first wicket of the campaign – that of Ian Cockbain for 13 – the visitors were in trouble at 120-5.
The Derbyshire attack, led by Palladino, were in no mood to let up and the aforementioned former Essex man accounted for Richard Coughtrie (17) and Ed Young for a golden duck, ensuring Gloucestershire faced a battle to gain their first batting point; Palladino taking his fifth wicket in the process.
That quest was made even harder when Clare ended Will Gidman’s stubborn resistance of 21 from 96 deliveries, before the all-rounder removed James Fuller for four to see the visitors nine down.
In conditions that had threatened throughout the day, the players were off for the final time shortly after 5pm with Gloucestershire 172-9, still training by 216 runs.
With the weather outlook better for tomorrow, Derbyshire will look to take the final wicket to give them the option of enforcing the follow on; the hosts well placed with two days remaining.
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