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Whiteley and Footitt impress as Derbyshire draw with South Africa

Ross Whiteley and Mark Footitt starred with bat and ball respectively as Derbyshire drew with South Africa.

Whiteley's unbeaten 51 proved a highlight of Derbyshire's 1st innings reply early on Day Two, whilst Footitt then impressed; claiming four South African 2nd innings wickets.

Resuming on 75-1, Derbyshire lost overnight batsmen Wayne Madsen (29) and Usman Khawaja (37)early in the morning session.

There was then a knock of 20 from Dan Redfern before Jon Clare (4), Tom Poynton (0), Alex Hughes (4), Peter Burgoyne (1) and Matt Higginbottom (4) fell in quick succession to a Lonwabo Tsotsobe inspired South Africa; the fast bowler taking figures of 4-45.

However the highlight of the Derbyshire inning was Whiteley’s knock of 51* from just 63 balls, including six fours and three sixes as the hosts declared on 174; giving the tourists a first innings lead of 191.

A much-changed South African batting line-up then slumped to 68-6 with Footitt in fine form, claiming 4-38 including the wickets of Faf du Plessis (4), former Derbyshire player Robin Peterson (11) and Morne Morkel (0).

Post tea, Vernon Philander (68*) and Dale Steyn (34) treated the crowd to some big hitting as the tourists reached 168-7 at 4:50pm, at which point both teams shook hands on a draw; both Derbyshire and South Africa getting a valuable workout ahead of important matches next week against Yorkshire and England respectively.

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