Nottinghamshire amassed a first innings lead on Day 2 at the County Ground, as a persistent Derbyshire claimed two late wickets to take their tally to five on a tough day for the hosts.
Half centuries from Ed Cowan, Alex Hales and James Taylor ensured that Nottinghamshire surpassed Derbyshire’s first innings total of 256, closing on 325-5.
David Wainwright, Tony Palladino, Jonathan Clare and Ross Whiteley all picked up a wicket apiece, but their East Midland’s rivals hold a 69-run lead after two days.
Speaking after the game, Palladino said: "It was a tough day for the team, but we stuck to the task all day. They played well and the wicket is getting a little flatter now and they have got a useful lead now, so tomorrow I think we really need to try hard and knock them over as cheap as possible.
"The wicket is getting better and better. At Derby it is usually better to bat on days two and three and the hard roller which is now back in County Cricket has taken its effect.
"But it is five big wickets that we need to take then hopefully we can bat well in the second innings and enjoy the better of the conditions ourselves. They will be without one of their frontline bowlers so hopefully we can bat well and amass a lead ourselves going into the final day."
Resuming on 28-0, Cowan and Hales looked at relative ease and safely navigated the first hour of play under cloudy skies at the County Ground.
The pair quickly moved past 50 and looked set to complete the hundred partnership, before Wainwright finally claimed the breakthrough for the hosts with his first ball of the match.
Cowan, who hit nine boundaries on his way to 59, chipped the delivery straight to Academy youngster Greg Cork, son of former Derbyshire seamer Dominic, who was on the field as a sub to reduce Nottinghamshire to 95-1.
It would however be the only wicket in the first session, as Hales and Michael Lumb guided the visitors to 124-1 at the Lunch interval.
After the restart, Hales soon completed is half century from 139 balls but the England Twenty20 opener was out shortly after as he was trapped in front by Palladino to reduce Nottinghamshire to 143-2.
Lumb and new batsman Taylor would produce another healthy partnership, this time worth 61 runs, and moved the visitors onto 186 before they lost their third wicket when Jonathan Clare forced an edge out of Lumb that was dully collected by Tom Poynton.
New batsman Samit Patel joined Taylor at the crease and the pair moved Nottinghamshire pass 200 just before tea and they set their sights on Derbyshire’s first innings total.
The hosts took the new ball after 80 overs and created a few opportunities courtesy of Palladino and Tim Groenewald, but they couldn’t make the breakthrough as Nottinghamshire began to build a first innings lead.
Taylor completed his half century soon after, but his partner fell two runs short of the feat after he was run out by Billy Godleman after the England all-rounder unfortunately slipped while attempting a single.
Derbyshire claimed their fifth wicket shortly after as Ross Whiteley found the edge of Rikki Wessels for 8, but Chris Read (27*) and Taylor (67*) saw out the remaining 10 overs before close to finish on 325-5.
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