A late flurry of wickets saw Australia A set up a tense final half hour runs on the final day at the County Ground, only for Chris Durham (12*) and Mark Footitt (3*) to guide Derbyshire to safety.
The hosts had looked comfortable throughout their innings with Usman Khawaja (66) and Dan Redfern (56 and pictured) both passing 50.
However Nathan Lyon (4-115) and Mitchell Johnson (3-47) impressed as the tourists threatened to wrap up an unlikely victory in the closing stages of the match.
Reigning 2nd XI Player of the Year Matt Lineker continues to lead the way in the averages for Derbyshire’s 2nd XI, averaging 55 from eleven innings in all competitions, with a top score of 145.
Chesney Hughes is second with an average of 30 from 15 innings played, whilst Paul Borrington (23.75), Ben Slater (21.45) and Chris Durham (20.75) all average over 20 from a minimum of 13 innings.
Peter Burgoyne leads the way as far as wickets are concerned, with 16 dismissals at an average of 20.81, having recorded best figures of 6-54.
Derbyshire v Australia A is poised for an intriguing finale after Night Watchman Tony Palladino stunned the tourists with a supreme hundred.
The Aussies are 234 runs ahead overnight with four second innings wickets intact after Derbyshire declared their first innings 93 runs behind in an attempt to force a positive outcome.
Starting the day unbeaten on four and with Derbyshire 48-1 in reply to 362-4 declared, Palladino defied the tradition of a streaky night watchman, instead playing with poise, flair, skill, elegance and controlled aggression as he passed 50 in 80 balls with six fours.
Wayne Madsen (34) fell to the off-spin of Nathan Lyon at 97-2 but, now partnered by Usman Khawaja, Derbyshire’s opening bowler continued to glide serenely towards the maiden thee figure score of his first-class career.
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The match is moving on at pace following Australia A’s Day 1 declaration at 362-4 and an exciting climax to the match this weekend is likely.
Australia A have named a team packed with full internationals such as Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Ed Cowan, Steve Smith and Tim Paine.
The tourists named a strong side with the likes of e Test bowler Mitchell Johnson, all-rounder Steven Smith and wicketkeeper Tom Payne included and it was the visitors that won the toss; electing to bat first.
Cowan and opening partner Michael Klinger then got off to a brisk start, progressing the score to 35 without loss from just seven overs before the latter was caught Usman Khawaja off the bowling of Mark Turner for 25.
The Investec Test Series between England and South Africa has only just begun and we have already witnessed the very best qualities of the touring side.
Even the most ardent England supporter will have appreciated the manner in which South Africa bowled on Day Two to bring the visitors back into contention; such is the character of a side brimming with confidence and, quite rightly, regarded as one of the greatest cricket sides in the world.
Then it was the turn of the batsmen, and the way in which South Africa – specifically captain Graeme Smith, Hashim Amla and Jaques Kallis – put arguably the world’s most formidable bowling attack to the sword was equally impressive.
As a unit, South Africa are a well-oiled machine with the cohesiveness and camaraderie to match any.
Having reduced the visitors to 238-7 from their 40 overs, the Falcons looked in trouble early on before recoveing to victory with 13 balls to spare in the Chesterfield sunshine.
Earlier, the Falcons had won the toss and elected to bowl first and the visitors made a decent start in front of a packed Queen's Park; Phil Jaques and Andrew Gale moving the them to 52 without loss after 10 overs.
With sunshine and 23 degree temperatures forecast, Queen’s Park is the place to be for an afternoon in the sunshine as Derbyshire Falcons play Yorkshire Carnegie in the Clydesdale Bank 40 competition versus Yorkshire Carnegie with a 1.45pm start today (Sunday).
Chief Executive Simon Storey said: “The community of Chesterfield can be very proud of Queen’s Park. It provides the ideal setting for relaxing and watching cricket and a sunny day will bring out the very best in this picturesque and quintessentially English cricket ground.
“Supporters enjoying the sunshine, ice creams in hand and soaking up the atmosphere as they watch the game unfold is what cricket is all about. It promises to be a great day and – if the forecast is right – we would remind supporters to bring their hats and plenty of sun cream.”
Supporters can save up to £3 a ticket for this traditionally packed out fixture by purchasing in advance of the day of the game.
Derbyshire Falcons face Yorkshire Carnegie in a Clydesdale Bank 40 local derby at Chesterfield today (Sunday, 1.45pm start) – and Head Coach Karl Krikken says his side haven’t given up on qualification for the semi-final.
The Falcons sit four points behind Group C leaders Sussex Sharks with five games to go and Krikken’s men know they have it all to do if they are to qualify for the last four.
But the recent 35-run victory over the Unicorns kept Derbyshire’s hopes alive ahead of what promises to be a balmy afternoon in the Chesterfield sunshine.
"The now annual and traditional local derby versus Yorkshire is always a big occasion for us regardless of league position because the crowds flock from both sides of the border and it makes for a great atmosphere.
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