Derbyshire’s seam attack – led by Tim Groenewald who returned figures of 5 for 27 off his eight overs – blew away the University side bowling them out shortly before the lunch break.
In response, Graeme Welch’s men posted 283-3 at the close after Billy Godleman (67) and Stephen Moore (73) had shared a 152-run opening stand.
Derbyshire will resume day two with a lead of 216 runs with West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul (31 not out) and Chesney Hughes (17 not out) at the crease.
After winning the toss, Captain Wayne Madsen had little hesitation in electing to bowl first in helpful conditions at The 3aaa County Ground.
The hosts’ bowling attack soon had the University students in trouble before Groenewald produced a devastating spell to dismiss the visitors for just 69 in 26.1 overs.
Groenewald claimed his first of five wickets in the fourth over when Hugo Darby was caught at slip by Wes Durston for three with Durham MCCU 8-1.
New ball partner Mark Footitt (2-16 off seven) then had Cameron Steel caught by Madsen at first slip and Chaitanya Bishnoi caught behind by Richard Johnson to make it 29-3.
But there was then a steadying period for the students before Groenewald’s switch to the city end wreaked havoc.
The right-arm paceman claimed four wickets for just four runs during a nine-ball spell to begin his first-class season in perfect fashion, finishing with impressive figures of 5-27 off eight overs.
Jonathan Clare (2-6 off 2.1) finished the innings off with two wickets, while Tony Palladino bowled nine economical overs to end with 1 for 15 off nine overs.
Derbyshire openers Godleman and Moore set about building an opposing first innings lead and together they compiled their second successive 100-run opening stand which was finally broken for 152 shortly before tea.
Moore – who struck 13 fours in his 102-ball innings – was first to go for 73. His opening partner then fell shortly after the interval for 67 off 94 balls - including eight fours and three sixes – but the openers had put Derbyshire in a commanding position on 174-2, lead of 105 runs.
Madsen took over the mantle adding 42 runs off 74 balls, which included four fours, before he was the third man out, trapped lbw by Liam Dixon.
Chanderpaul and Chesney Hughes navigated the remaining 10 overs to put the hosts in a commanding position on 283-3 at the close.
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