Having seen Derbyshire amass 288 for the loss of 10 wickets on the Sunday, Warwickshire’s openers Varun Chopra and Ian Westwood set off positively, the pair reaching 40-0 from the opening 10 overs, bowled by Tony Palladino and Tim Groenewald.
However Derbyshire’s bowlers were soon making inroads as Jon Clare had Westwood (23) caught at the wicket before Mark Footitt had Chopra (34) and Darren Maddy (0) out to LBW in consecutive deliveries to leave the visitors 71-3.
The hat-trick ball was survived by Jim Troughton but his stay would not last long, becoming the impressive Footitt’s third victim; caught Paul Borrington at 4th slip for 0, looking to turn the ball away through Square Leg.
There was still time in the session for Clare to claim his second, Will Porterfield clean bowled for three, and at Lunch Derbyshire had reduced Warwickshire to 96-5 from 26 overs; Ateeq Javid 5* and Tim Ambrose 5* the not out batsmen.
Post Lunch, the momentum stayed with the hosts as Mark Turner bowled Ambrose for five with the third ball of the session, with Javid – caught behind off the bowling of Palladino for 18 – the next wicket to fall to leave Warwickshire 129-7 after 40 overs.
Derbyshire were stopping Warwickshire from building any partnership of note and Laurie Evans’ time at the crease was next to come to an abrupt end as Groenewald, in the first over of his spell, had the former Surrey man caught Tom Poynton for 19; 142-8.
142-8 would become 143-9 moments later as David Wainwright claimed his first, trapping Steffan Piolet LBW for one.
The remainder of the session was safely negotiated by Tom Milnes and Keith Barker, the former sweeping Wainwright through midwicket off the final ball for four to take Warwickshire to 178-9 at Tea; both batsmen unbeaten on 17.
Although Milnes fell LBW to Wainwright shortly after the resumption of play without adding to his score, Barker was finding form with the bat and joined by Chopra – who was taking his second innings of the day with all 10 batsmen now out – the former Blackburn Rovers trainee brought up his 50 from 104 balls, including eight fours.
With the pre-season preparations for both sides nearing completion, the pair batted for the next hour without too much alarm, advancing the score to 273-10 with Barker 62* and Chopra 42* before both captains agreed a premature end to proceedings with nine overs remaining.
Attention now turns to competitive action, with Derbyshire hosting Northants in the LV=County Championship curtain-raiser this coming Thursday; 11am start.
Derbyshire Bowling Figures:
Tony Palladino: 14-2-38-1
Tim Groenewald: 13-1-47-1
Mark Footitt: 10-1-38-3
Jon Clare: 11-3-45-2
Ross Whiteley: 11-1-32-0
Mark Turner: 9-2-20-1
David Wainwright: 14-3-28-2
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