Ed Cowan starred with a century as Australia A enjoyed the better of the opening day at a sun-drenched County Ground.
The tourists named a strong side with the likes of e Test bowler Mitchell Johnson, all-rounder Steven Smith and wicketkeeper Tom Payne included and it was the visitors that won the toss; electing to bat first.
Cowan and opening partner Michael Klinger then got off to a brisk start, progressing the score to 35 without loss from just seven overs before the latter was caught Usman Khawaja off the bowling of Mark Turner for 25.
The dismissal of Klinger did little to halt Australia’s progress however, with Cowan and Peter Forrest batting through the remainder of the session in impressive fashion; both passing 50 in the process.
However Forrest went with the final ball before the Lunch break, caught Wes Durston and bowled David Wainwright for 52, as the visitors moved to 144-2 at the interval; Cowan unbeaten on 62.
Post Lunch and the momentum stayed with the tourists as an assured Cowan edged closer to his century; ably supported by George Bailey as the pair took the score past 200.
Shortly after and Cowan brought up his 100, rocking back and cutting through cover point to secure a century from 123 balls including 15 fours.
The captain, however, was departing soon after; stumped by youngster Chris Durham for 109 to give Wainwright his second dismissal; Australia 229-3 with Joe Burns the new batsman.
Having safely negotiated the remainder of the session to take the visitors to 265-3, Bailey securing his half-century in the process, the two batsmen continued where they had left off in the evening session; taking the partnership past 100.
Australia had progressed to 341-3 before Bailey was caught Turner, bowled Wainwright for 81 with the declaration coming soon after.
There was, however, time for some lusty blows from the impressive Burns, taking his score to 81* from 107 balls, including 12 fours and two sixes as Australia declared on 362-4.
If the Australian’s had shown intent from the off in their innings, Derbyshire set about their reply in much the same fashion with Wayne Madsen and Matt Lineker both looking confident against the pace attack of Johnson and Jackson Bird.
However with four overs remaining in the day, Lineker fell to the bowling of Mitchell Starc for 22; Derbyshire 48-1 with Tony Palladino joining Madsen as night watchman.
Madsen (25*) and Palladino (4*) then saw the hosts to 57-1 at the close; a deficit of 305 runs with nine first innings wickets remaining.
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