Derbyshire trail by 237 runs with 5 wickets remaining in the 1st innings.
Tony Palladino is closing in on a second successive 50-wicket campaign after recoding figures of 5 for 82 on the second day versus Northamptonshire at Wantage Road.
Derbyshire have proceeded to 163-5 overnight in reply to the home side’s 400 all out on a day that also saw Leicestershire inflict further damage on second placed Hampshire’s promotion chances.
Palladino’s third five-wicket haul of the season ensured that Northamptonshire added just 89 to their overnight score of 311-6.
The former Essex opening bowler is four poles away from joining Dominic Cork, Graham Welch and Graham Wagg as only the fourth Derbyshire player since the turn of the century to secure 50 plus wickets in successive first-class campaigns.
Overnight half-centurion James MIddlebrook was bowled by David Wainwright for 71 as the Derbyshire left-arm spinner took 3 for 99, taking his season’s tally to 37.
David Willey scored 60 not out for Northamptonshire who have been consistent promotion challengers in recent seasons but this year find themselves in sixth position, 40 points behind Derbyshire prior to the start of the current match.
David Ripley’s side, who announced new contracts for Willey, Kyle Coetzer and Alex Wakely during the afternoon session, reduced the visitors to 79-3 with the new ball as Usman Khawaja (16), Matt Lineker (20) and Wes Durston (14) all failed to capitalise on promising beginnings.
But in Academy graduate batsman Dan Redfern, Derbyshire have nurtured a model of middle-order consistency. And the 22-year-old left-hander helped himself to his eighth 50 plus score of the season before perishing to the off-spin of Middlebrook late in the day having scored 70 from 135 balls.
Night Watchman Tony Palladino came and went quickly for a duck as Middlebrook’s impressive day continued. Wayne Madsen, who didn’t open the innings after taking a painful blow in the field, is 37 not out with valuable batting points very much the order of the day for tomorrow.
Hampshire, meanwhile, who began the match 11 points behind Derbyshire at the top of the Second Division table, were 181 all out as they conceded a 175-run first innings lead to bottom of the table Leicestershire.
Inside-edge from half-centurion Dan Redfern: “Congratulations to Tony Palladino on another excellent five-for. His bowling display was exemplary both yesterday and today and we’re all willing him towards another 50 plus wickets campaign.
“A couple of late dismissals have set us back today, but we’ve got a lot of batting left and we’ll keep fighting towards a competitive total.”
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