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Footitt takes four against New Zealand

MarkFootittMark Footitt claimed four wickets to help restrict New Zealand to 289-5 declared on Day 1 at the County Ground, as Derbyshire closed on 24-1 in reply. 

Footitt was the pick of the bowlers on Day 1 finishing the with figures of 4-65 from his 18 overs, but an unbeaten 77 from BJ Watling and 71 from Dean Brownlie ensured that the tourists could declare with 12 overs remaining in the day.

The hosts' reply got off to a solid start but they lost Chesney Hughes for nine in the last over of the day and Derbyshire will now resume Day 2 on 24-1, trailing by 265 runs.

Wayne Madsen won the toss and elected to field first in overcast conditions at the County Ground and his opening pair wouldn’t disappoint claiming two early breakthroughs.

Alasdair Evans (1-52), who was making his first class debut for Derbyshire, claim the hosts’ first wicket of the morning after he clean bowled Test opener Hamish Rutherford for just 13, sending his middle stump cartwheeling out of the ground. 

Strike partner Footitt was soon in on the act as he trapped Peter Fulton in front for 21 with a pacey delivery to reduce the tourists to 50-2. His dismissal signalled the return of former Derbyshire overseas player Martin Guptill who was making his first return to the County Ground since last season’s successful LV= County Championship campaign.

And the 26-year-old quickly found his feet, powering his way to 24 as New Zealand moved onto 92-2 at Lunch, with Captain Kane Williamson unbeaten on 27.

But Guptill’s eye-catching innings was ended soon after the restart, as his glanced a Footitt delivery down the leg-side at it was well caught by keeper Richard Johnson.

Williamson and Brownlie began the fight back moving the visitors past three figures, before Footitt produce an excellent delivery to remove the New Zealand Captain, as Williamson edged a lifting delivery through to Johnson to reduce them to 126-4.

But Brownlie and Watling would remain firm until the Tea interval producing some powerful strokes as they closed the session on 235-4 after an excellent 109-run stand.

Derbyshire continued their disciplined bowling approach with 19-year-old Peter Burgoyne (0-40) bowling particularly well without luck. And the visitors’ partnership was finally broken at the start of the final session as Brownlie was caught behind by Johnson for 71 off the bowling of Footitt, who claimed his fourth wicket of the innings to reduce New Zealand to 242-5.

But Watling (77*) and Tom Latham (21*) maintained the tourists’ run rate to move them onto 289-5 from 76 overs, as New Zealand declared with 12 overs remaining in the day. 

Derbyshire lost Hughes (9) in the final over of the day as he was bowled by Neil Wagner as the hosts closed on 24-1, trailing by 265 runs. 

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