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Defiant Derbyshire secure narrow lead after Day 3

FootittMark Footitt finished with career best figures of 6-120 in the morning, as a defiant Derbyshire secured a second innings lead despite losing regular wickets on Day 3 against Sussex at the County Ground.

Paceman Footitt claimed the wicket of Monty Panesar to pick up his sixth wicket of the innings, as the visitors were dismissed for 401, a lead of 178, with Michael Yardy top scoring with a magnificent 153.

But after an excellent 73-run stand between Chesney Hughes (32) and Wayne Madsen (32), Derbyshire lost regular wickets and ended the day just 11-runs ahead with three wickers in hand on 189-7.

Sussex resumed this morning on 328-8, with Yardy unbeaten on 121 and a lead of 105 runs. But it wasn’t long before Derbyshire picked up their first wicket of the day as Footitt removed Panesar, as the paceman claimed career best figures of 6-120.

Ed Joyce (25*), who missed Day 2 due to personal reasons, entered at number 11 and with Yardy added 60 runs before the latter was finally dismissed by Tim Groenewald for a magnificent 153, as Sussex were all out for 401, a lead of 178.

Derbyshire’s reply suffered an early set-back as Billy Godleman was trapped lbw for five, but Madsen and Hughes began the hosts’ recovery sharing an excellent 73-run stand. The pair rotated the strike well to frustrate the Sussex bowlers, hitting the bad ball to the fence, before the partnership was finally ended when Captain Madsen was bowled by Monty Panesar for 32, reducing the side to 80-2 after 27 overs.

Hughes and Shivnarine Chanderpaul added 21 runs together in quick time, moving the hosts past three figures, before the big-hitting opener miss-timed a pull shot straight to mid-on for 32.

Chanderpaul and Dan Redfern safely navigated the 10 overs to Tea, playing some classy shots through both sides, as the hosts entered the interval on 134-3. However, Derbyshire lost another wicket straight after the restart as Redfern attempted cut was edged through to keeper Ben Brown for 24.

Ross Whiteley joined the obdurate Chanderpaul and together they added 13 runs before bad light forced a premature halt in proceedings with Derbyshire 147-4 from 53.4 overs.

Played resumed 20 minutes later to the delight of the home faithful, but the restart also brought the wicket of Whiteley who was caught at third slip by Joyce for six. And the big wicket of Chanderpaul followed shortly after, as he edged Magoffin to Yardy at second slip for 23 to reduce Derbyshire to 163-6.

Richard Johnson (12*) and Jonathan Clare (12) moved Derbyshire ahead, but the latter was removed with four overs remaining as the hosts closed on 189-7, a lead of 11 runs.

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