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Madsen leads the way on rollercoaster day

Wayne MadsenKent lead by 120 runs with 7 second innings wickets remaining

A battling half-century from Wayne Madsen kept Derbyshire in the hunt versus Kent today as the race for promotion continues.

The Derbyshire captain scored 64 from 135 balls as Derbyshire were 200 all out in reply to Kent’s 261 before a sensational end to the day saw them reduce the home side to 59-3 in their second innings.

Paul Borrington (23) batted through the pain of a broken nose to share a third wicket stand of 52 with his captain.

But Derbyshire were quickly in trouble at 130-8 with Michael Davies taking 5 for 27, only for Tom Poynton (45) and Tim Groenewald (22 not out) to keep the visitors in the hunt with a ninth-wicket stand of 51.

Two late strikes from Wes Durston and a final delivery pole for David Wainwright ensured a further dramatic twist in the tale after an opening partnership of 58 between Sam Northeast (26 not out) and Robert Key had seemingly put Kent in command.

Battling performances from Glamorgan versus Yorkshire and from Essex versus Hampshire are, meanwhile, ensuring the victories required by Derbyshire’s promotion rivals remain no formality as the race for promotion intensifies with six days of cricket to go.

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Derbyshire's Second XI, meanwhile, scored 342-8 on the final day of their match versus Lancashire at the County Ground to escape with a draw; Tom Hamilton and Ben Slater starring with half-centuries.

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