Shivnarine Chanderpaul top scored with 91 on a rain-shorted second day against Durham MCCU at The 3aaa County Ground.
Chanderpaul and Chesney Hughes (53) shared a 141-run fourth wicket stand on the second morning to put the hosts in a commanding position against their University opponents as Derbyshire posted 428 in their first innings.
Durham MCCU began their second innings with a 361-run deficit and lost an early wicket to Tim Groenewald – his sixth of the match – before rain stopped play with the visitors 33-1 after 14 overs.
Derbyshire, therefore, require nine wickets for victory on the final day which begins tomorrow at 11am.
Resuming on 283-3, Chanderpaul and Chesney Hughes added 93 runs together on the second morning to complete a 141-run stand for the fourth wicket.
Chesney Hughes – who struck seven fours and two sixes – finally fell midway through the session shortly after he had completed his half century, caught in the deep for 53 from 82 balls.
His wicket, however, signalled the start of a difficult period for the Derbyshire batsmen under bowler friendly conditions at The 3aaa County Ground.
The hosts lost quick wickets, including that of West Indies batsman Chanderpaul who was finally dismissed just nine shorts of what would have been his 70th first-class century. He hit 13 fours in his 165-ball innings for 91.
Resuming after lunch, Derbyshire lost their three last wickets in quick succession to be all out for 428, a first innings lead of 361.
Durham MCCU managed 14 overs in reply, in which they lost one wicket to that man again Groenewald (1-8 off four overs), before rain forced an early closure with the visitors 33-1, trailing Derbyshire by 328 runs.
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