A stubborn century from Chris Woakes frustrated the Derbyshire bowlers on Day One at the County Ground.
The hosts made a successful start to their final LV= County Championship fixture of the season as Mark Footitt (2-71) removed both Warwickshire openers inside five overs. Tim Groenewald (4-67) - the pick of the bowlers on the opening day - then claimed three quick wickets after lunch to reduce the visitors to 120-6.
However, 46 from Ateeq Javid, a brisk 40 from Jeetan Patel and an unbeaten century from England all-rounder Woakes (102*) helped their side recover from a precarious position to close on 285-8.
Derbyshire made an ideal start, claiming the first wicket in the third over of the day. Cricket Derbyshire University of Derby Academy graduate Alex Hughes took an excellent low diving catch at third slip to remove Ian Westwood off Footitt.
The left-arm paceman picked up a second soon after, trapping the dangerous Varun Chopra lbw for six.
All the Derbyshire seamers found early movement with the new ball, making life difficult for the new Warwickshire batsmen. Javid – who was dropped twice on seven and 13 by Tom Poynton – and Laurie Evans navigated a challenging period to add 32 runs, before the introduction of Groenewald removed the in-form Evans to claim his first of four wickets.
Resuming after lunch on 88-3, the visitors lost former Derbyshire man Rikki Clarke shortly after the restart, well-caught by Hughes at third slip off Tony Palladino (1-50).
Three quick wickets followed as Javid (46), Keith Barker (14) and Stuart Poynter (0) were all dismissed during an excellent spell from Groenewald to reduce Warwickshire to 120-6.
Jeetan Patel, however, produced some stubborn resistance to add 40 runs in quick time, before an unbeaten partnership between Maurice Chambers and Woakes frustrated the Derbyshire bowlers in the final session and ensured the match remained in the balance after Day One.
Together they added 68 runs, in which Chambers contributed just 14 runs.
Woakes was the mainstay of the visitors’ innings. The 24-year-old struck 11 fours to complete a composed century when his team really needed it and will begin Day Two on 102 and Warwickshire 285-8.
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