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Derbyshire fight back to claim six wickets on Day 2 at Lord's

Lord'sCelebrationDerbyshire produced an impressive bowling display to pick up six wickets on Day 2 of their LV= County Championship clash with Middlesex at Lord’s, after earlier being dismissed for 231. 

Tim Groenewald (25) and Mark Turner (22*) completed a 50-run partnership in the morning session, as Derbyshire were dismissed for 231 after an hour’s play.

Groenewald (1-20) also made the early breakthrough to reduce Middlesex to 62-1 at lunch and Karl Krikken’s men dominated the afternoon session claiming three wickets as the hosts entered tea on 91-4.

Derbyshire enjoyed more success with the ball in the final session and picked up two more wickets courtesy of Wes Durston (1-19) and Jonathan Clare (2-39) as Middlesex closed the day on 180-6.

Tim Groenewald and Mark Turner added 26 runs inside the first hour at Lord’s to complete a 50-run stand, before Groenewald was caught behind off Tim Murtagh for 25. Mark Turner remained unbeaten on 22 as Derbyshire were dismissed for 231 in their opening innings. 

Middlesex got off to a quick start with former Club Captain Chris Rogers hitting two boundaries of the first two delievies. The Australian opener was dropped while on 13, but Derbyshire contiunued to put pressure on the left hander and Rogers finally fell soon after as he was trapped in front by Groenewald for 16, who finsihed the day with figures of 1-23 from 15 overs.

Middlesex pair Joe Denly and Sam Robson were going along nicely after lunch, but Clare would end the 51-run partnership as Denly was caught at slip by Durston for 34 to reduce the hosts to 72-2 after 23 overs.

The wicket would signal the start of a prosperous period for Karl Krikken’s men who claimed three wickets inside five overs.

Turner (1-35) would claim the second in the following over as Dawid Malan edged a quick delivery from the paceman through to Tom Poynton behind the stumps.

Two overs later, Derbyshire claimed their fourth wicket of the innings as Palladino returned to bowl Dexter for just one, as Middlesex were reduced to 91-4 before rain forced an early tea after 27.3 overs.

Play resumed at 4.40pm, and Robson soon completed his 50 from 101 balls to move Middlesex past 100. The 23-year-old was looking comfortable, but Clare would return to claim the prized wicket with his third delivery, as Robson was dismissed for 68 to reduce Middlesex to 136-5.

John Simpson would follow in the next over, as Durston produced a beautiful delivery to get the wicketkeeper caught at slip by Redfern for 12, as Middlesex slumped to 140-6 after 45 overs.

But Gareth Berg (27*) and Ollie Rayner (16*) remained firm and played out the final 18 overs of play to close on 180-6.

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