Derbyshire suffered their first LV=County Championship defeat of the season on Day Three against Gloucestershire; losing by seven wickets.
The visitors had started the day on 211-5 with Dan Redfern (64*) and David Wainwright (0*) occupying the crease.
With just a 12 run lead, the visitors were always up against it and their task became all the more difficult as Wainwright fell for just two.
Redfern and Jon Clare then batted valiantly; increasing the lead to 32 in no time before rain brought a temporary halt to proceedings.
When the players re-emerged, Redfern’s defiant knock was ended almost instantaneously, the left-hander falling for 77; Derbyshire perilously placed at 247-7.
The dismissal of Tom Poynton for eight was then followed by fireworks from Clare, who hit a blistering unbeaten 43 from just 38 deliveries, including seven fours and a six.
However the back to back dismissals of Tony Palladino (4) and Tim Groenewald (0), both to David Payne, saw Clare stranded in full flow; Derbyshire all out for 283, setting the hosts a target of 85 after Lunch.
Nerves will temporarily have been jangling in the Gloucestershire camp when Jonathan Batty departed LBW to Palladino for a duck to leave Gloucestershire 0-1, however Benny Howell and Kane Williamson soon set about ensuring there would be no great escape.
The pair took the score to 52 before Howell was caught Lineker off the bowling of Clare for 31 and although Williamson followed suit shortly after – caught Wainwright, bowled Clare for 29 – Gloucestershire’s stalwarts Alex Gidman (13*) and Hamish Marshall (12*) saw the hosts home with seven wickets to spare.
Despite taking only three points from the game, Derbyshire remain top of the LV=County Championship Division Two at the half way stage and now look forward to a Bank Holiday Monday, June 4th Clydesdale Bank 40 contest with the Warwickshire Bears – full details available here.
Inside Edge: 'The guys showed tremendous fight after a poor first day and we understand how important it is to bounce back against Leicestershire next week.' - Jon Clare
'Spirited effort but the first day cost us and we couldn't quite do enough to get back into the game' - Matt Lineker
Yesterday, Dan Redfern and Wayne Madsen added 97 for third wicket as Derbyshire chased down and passed Gloucestershire’s 199 run first innings lead on Day Two.
Having dismissed Gloucestershire for 294 on the stroke of Lunch, the visitors battled to 211-5 at the close, a lead of 12 runs with five second innings wickets in hand.
Gloucestershire began the day with the luxury of an 87 run lead with five first hand wickets in hand on 182-5.
Although Ian Cockbain (4), Chris Dent (7) – batting with a suspected fractured figure – and Will Gidman (8) gave Derbyshire much needed breakthroughs; Alex Gidman remained resolute.
The experienced batsman had resumed unbeaten on 64* and he was soon powering Gloucestershire into an ominous lead as the tail wagged for the home side.
With the lead well past 150, the Gloucestershire captain brought up an impressive century from 196 fours including 11 fours.
After a few overs of taking the attack to the Derbyshire bowlers, it was Gidman himself who was next to depart, LBW to Tim Groenewald for 129; Gloucestershire 277-9.
With the session extended, a result of the hosts being nine down, Ian Saxelby (17*) and David Payne (16) nudged the lead up towards the 200 mark before the latter was bowled by Palladino – his fourth dismissal of the innings – as Gloucestershire closed their innings 294 all out; a daunting lead of 199.
Beginning their second innings after Lunch, Derbyshire got off to a bad start, losing Matt Lineker for eight before Martin Guptill – in his final First Class appearance of the season for the county – and Wayne Madsen began to steady the ship.
The pair added 63 for the 2nd wicket before Guptill was caught at the wicket off Saxelby for 42; Derbyshire 78-2.
The signs looked ominous for the visitors as Wes Durston followed shortly after for seven, bringing Dan Redfern to the crease with Derbyshire in desperate need of a substantial partnership.
The pair passed the first test, guiding Derbyshire to Tea with seven 2nd innings wickets still in hand at 106-3, Madsen 39* and Redfern 8*; the deficit still 93 runs.
Post Tea the pair batted positively, the 200 coming up and with it Madsen’s 50, as Derbyshire continued to plug away at Gloucestershire’s lead.
With the partnership for the 4th wicket approaching 100, Madsen’s fighting innings was ended on 72, the captain falling LBW to Will Gidman; Derbyshire 188-4.
Redfern was soon bringing up his half century, a mature and positive knock in adversity, as Derbyshire’s score reached 200 and with it, a lead.
That lead, however, was just four when Ross Whiteley was caught at the wicket, once again off Gidman to leave Derbyshire’s hopes of posting a meaningful target largely in the hands of Redfern.
Both Redfern (64*) and David Wainwright (0*) safely negotiated the remainder of the day as Derbyshire closed 211-5; a lead of 12 runs with five 2nd innings wickets remaining.
Inside Edge: 'It was a huge effort from the bowlers to knock them over before Lunch and we showed our fight throughout the day to be level only 5 down. Another 150-200 tomorrow and we are massively in the game. We won't give in.' - Dan Redfern
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