Some late hitting from Tim Groenewald and career-best bowling figures from Matt Higginbottom has put Derbyshire in a strong position after Day Two against Middlesex at the County Ground.
Derbyshire enjoyed a terrific morning session adding 106 runs to post 385. Groenewald struck a brisk 49 alongside his Captain Wayne Madsen who ended the innings unbeaten on a magnificent 138.
Groenewald (2-40) then claimed two early wickets, before three quick wickets from Matt Higginbottom (3-51) in the evening session tore through the visitors' middle-order reducing Middlesex to 197-6 at stumps - still trailing by 188 runs.
After losing two early wickets on the second morning, Wayne Madsen - who resumed unbeaten on 105 – enjoyed a timely 66-run ninth-wicket stand with Groenewald.
The 29-year-old paceman took the lead smashing 49 off just 48 balls – including nine fours – to move his side from 284-8 to 350-9 in the 110th over, claiming a fourth batting point.
Mark Footitt (19) joined his Captain to add a further 35 runs before Derbyshire were finally dismissed for 385 in the 115th over. Madsen ended the innings unbeaten on 138 off 264 balls – including 14 fours – to conclude a memorable knock for the Club Captain.
Sam Robson became the second man to reach 1,000 LV= County Championship runs shortly after the restart, but his stay at the crease was short-lived as Groenewald found the breakthrough in the final over before lunch to leave Middlesex on 16-1.
Groenewald claimed his second wicket after the break when Joe Denly was well-caught low down by Shivnarine Chanderpaul for four.
Voges and Eoin Morgan led the visitors’ fightback adding 50 runs for the third wicket. But the stand was broken by Higginbottom when Morgan slapped a wide delivery straight to sub-fielder Callum Brodrick – a member of the Cricket Derbyshire University of Derby Academy - who took a smart catch at point.
Resuming after tea on 105-3, the visitors lost a flurry of wickets to slump to 154-6. Footitt claimed the first clean bowling Neil Dexter for 21, before Higginbottom bowled an inspired spell to remove both Voges (69) and Gareth Berg (2).
John Simpson (30 not out) and Ollie Rayner (22 not out), however, remained firm to see out the final overs of the day to close on 197-6, with their side still trailing by 188 runs, to leave the match finely-poised heading into Day Three.
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