Derbyshire enjoyed the better of a rain-shortened day against Gloucestershire, who closed Day Three on 66-4, still trailing by 212 runs.
Rain washed out the first two sessions of the day before play finally got underway at 4.10pm, with 38 overs left in the day.
Derbyshire made an immediate breakthrough courtesy of Mark Footitt (2-28 off 9.5 overs) who clean bowled Chris Dent, removing his off stump, for 12 in the third over of the day.
After another brief delay due to bad light, the players reappeared and Derbyshire quickly claimed their second wicket. Tim Groenewald (1-15 off 6 overs) forced an inside edge off Michael Klinger (12) which looped up off his pad to Paul Borrington at short-leg who took a good catch diving forward.
Derbyshire continued to push for wickets and they duly got their reward as Alex Gidman (6) mistimed a short delivery off Footitt straight to David Wainwright a short mid-wicket.
Scott Elstone hit his maiden first-class half-century to help Derbyshire fightback on a rain-shortened second day against Gloucestershire at The 3aaa County Ground.
Elstone and David Wainwright shared a 70-run stand for the seventh wicket as the hosts improved from 166-6 overnight to 278 shortly after the Lunch interval on Day Two.
Elstone, appearing in only his second first-class fixture, completed his maiden first-class fifty off 122 balls, before finally falling for a career-best 63 off 158 balls (5 fours), with Derbyshire 223-7.
Wainwright continued his timely innings hitting five fours in his unbeaten 54, but he ran out of partners and Graeme Welch’s men were all out for 278 during the afternoon session. Will Gidman was the pick of the bowlers returning figures of 4 for 50 off 25 overs, while Benny Howell also claimed four with figures of 4 for 60 off 29 overs.
Scott Elstone repelled the Gloucestershire onslaught and survived to fight another day as Derbyshire reached 166-6 on Day One in the LV= County Championship.
The 23-year-old closed unbeaten on 36, from 99 balls, as the home side fought hard in difficult conditions after losing the toss on a rain-reduced day at The 3aaa County Ground.
Elstone’s impressive rearguard came in the face of a clutter of wickets at the opposite end as Graeme Welch’s men collapsed from a position of strength at 78-1.
The fine start had come courtesy of an assured 77-run second wicket stand between Paul Borrington (42) and Wayne Madsen (33), only for a calamitous run out to turn the game in favour of the visitors.
Derbyshire continue their LV= County Championship campaign against Gloucestershire at The 3aaa County Ground on Sunday 25 May; 11am start.
Wayne Madsen’s side will be looking to claim their first four-day win of the season against Michael Klinger’s men.
Gloucestershire enter the fixture on the back of a convincing 290-run victory against Kent at Bristol. Paceman Will Gidman claimed seven wickets in the match while former New Zealand international Hamish Marshall compiled his first century of the campaign.
Sunday Lunch will once again be available for supporters in the Lund Pavilion for just £8.95 on day one against Gloucestershire.
Stephen Moore hit 40 against his former county, but Lancashire Lightning came out on top claiming a 20-run victory at The 3aaa County Ground.
Rain delayed the start of play and the match was reduced to 19 overs a side.
Steven Croft and Karl Brown shared Lancashire’s highest ever fourth-wicket stand in Twenty20 cricket, adding 131 runs together to help the visitors recover from 38-3 in the fifth over to 169-3.
Croft hit six fours and three sixes to top-score with 76 off 52 balls, while Brown added 67 off 50 balls including six fours and two sixes. Wes Durston was the pick of the bowlers for the hosts with figures of 1-27 off four overs.
Derbyshire made a steady start in reply adding 39 for the first wicket in 5.5 overs before Chesney Hughes was first man out for 16.
Former Lancashire man Moore and Marcus North added 38, but both fell in quick succession with Derbyshire 88-3. Moore was run out for 40 off 35 balls (4 fours) and North was caught behind 26 off 19 balls.
Scott Elstone has signed a new two-year contract with Derbyshire committing him to the Club until the end of the 2016 season.
The 23-year-old, who joined the county during the winter on an initial one-year deal, has been awarded a new contract after making an impressive start to the 2014 campaign.
Elstone hit a career-best unbeaten 212 for the Second XI against Worcestershire in April, earning him a call-up to Graeme Welch’s four-day side where he made his first-class debut in the recent fixture against Kent.
During an extended trial period with the Club in 2013, the all-rounder scored 872 runs at an average of 35, including four fifties and one hundred, for the Second XI - as well as making his Derbyshire debut in the Yorkshire Bank 40 match versus Essex.
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Derbyshire Falcons begin their home NatWest T20 Blast campaign against Lancashire Lightning on Friday at The 3aaa County Ground; 7pm start.
Wayne Madsen’s side will be looking to bounceback from last week’s 27-run defeat against Leicestershire. Despite being on the losing side, Marcus North claimed the Man of the Match reward after his stylish knock of 90 off just 47 balls.
Graeme Welch has made one change to his matchday squad as Tony Palladino comes in to replace Shivnarine Chanderpaul who has returned to the West Indies to resume his international duty.
Supporters will be able to clock their bowling speed at The 3aaa County Ground as part of the family-fun on offer throughout the evening. Other family-fun activities will also be available including bouncy castles and entertainers. Supporters will also be able to collect autographs from their favourite Derbyshire players straight after the conclusion of the match.
Live band, The Fentones, will also be playing instantly recognisably catchy tunes immediately after the match in the Lund Pavilion for supporters to enjoy.
Derbyshire Falconettes, the Club’s NatWest T20 Blast cheerleaders, will be sponsored by leading programme designers for diet and fitness; Face2Face Nutrition.
James Rhodes-Doughty, owner of Face2Face Nutrition, said: “I’m really looking forward to NatWest T20 Blast this year. They are going to be absolutely fantastic. We think the Falconettes do a great job at keeping the crowds upbeat and we’re really excited to be working with them.”
Face2Face Nutrition provides tailored programme designs for diet and fitness to suit all ages and with focus on achieving personal goals.
They deliver sessions at home, outdoors or at fitness centres and offer advice on diet and fitness; setting achievable goals and maintaining motivation as well as advising on how to live a healthy life.
The Falconettes, meanwhile, have been recruiting for their 2014 squad and have new dancers from all over Derbyshire, as well as welcoming back some familiar favourites to the team.
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