David Wainwright and Alex Hughes led the fightback as Derbyshire recovered from a precarious position to close on 279-8 at stumps on Day Two at Grace Road.
Wainwright (83 not out) hit his highest score in a Derbyshire shirt, while Hughes (60) struck his maiden first-class half-century as the visitors recovered from 115-6 to end the day trailing by just 32 runs with two wickets remaining.
Derbyshire made steady progress in the morning session, despite the loss of both opener Paul Borrington (6) and Stephen Moore (18), to move to 67-2 at the Lunch interval.
The visitors, however, suffered a difficult afternoon session in which they lost four wickets to slip to 157-6 at Tea. Captain Wayne Madsen (27), Marcus North (23) and Scott Elstone (13) all got starts but failed to kick-on in the face of some good bowling from Alex Wyatt (3-61) and Ben Raine (3-34).
Elite Performance Director Graeme Welch will be backed – at the end of the current season – with significant funds to shape the Derbyshire County Cricket Club squad.
Chairman Chris Grant says the required finances will be available for Welch to recruit seasoned professionals who can be match-winners, as well as leading and nurturing the Club’s emerging young talent.
Grant said: “When Graeme was appointed and his coaching team assembled back in January, he was given a very clear objective by the Supervisory Board, summarised as follows:
“Establish a team which is consistently able to compete in the First Division of the LV= County Championship and also both one day competitions whilst providing England players throughout the representative system and a strong pipeline of locally produced talent, capable of delivering sustained success for the Club.
“Clearly, the Board was aware that - for Graeme to achieve this ambitious objective - he would require two things; time and additional financial resources.
Mark Footitt claimed season-best figures of 6-65 as Leicestershire were dismissed for 311 on the opening day at Grace Road.
The left-arm seamer bowled with good pace and aggression throughout the day to claim six wickets, while Tony Palladino (4-65 off 19 overs) claimed the four remaining wickets as the hosts were dismissed shortly before the close.
During a dramatic opening period of play, Derbyshire made an ideal start to the four-day fixture claiming three early wickets, despite being asked to bowl first on a good wicket.
Footitt and Palladino made early inroads, claiming a wicket in each of the first three overs to reduce Leicestershire to 11-3 after just 15 minutes of play.
Chances continued to come for the visitors, with new batsman Josh Cobb dropped on four and Ed Eckersley narrowly edging Palladino just wide of slip. But the pair remained firm in the face of some hostile bowling to add 100 runs for the fourth wicket.
Tim Groenewald has advised Derbyshire of his intention to leave the Club at the end of the season.
The Club have waived their right under ECB rules for 28 days notice to allow the player to speak to other Counties.
The 30-year-old has played 72 first-class matches for Derbyshire and taken 229 wickets, at an average of 29.
He has also taken 103 wickets in limited-overs formats and was capped by the Club in 2011.
Elite Performance Director Graeme Welch said: "Tim has been a terrific player for Derbyshire and we respect his decision to move on.
"We are absolutely committed to our long-term vision for success and we have an exciting crop of young seam bowling talent coming through with the likes of Ben Cotton, Tom Taylor, Matt Higginbottom and Greg Cork.
Despite a half-century for Marcus North, Nottinghamshire Outlaws claimed a five-wicket win in the NatWest T20 Blast fixture at The 3aaa County Ground.
North top-scored with 57 as Derbyshire posted 164-7 off their 20 overs, but a blistering 63 from Alex Hales guided the Outlaws to victory.
It was a difficult start for the Falcons, who slipped to 23-3 after 4.3 overs in the face of some good bowling from Harry Gurney (2-24) and Andy Carter (2-42).
But Captain Wayne Madsen led from the front hitting 36 off 27 balls (3 fours, 1 six) as he sparked the Derbyshire fightback. He was ably assisted by North who, when Madsen fell, carried the mantle to top score with 57 off 47 balls (6 fours).
Scott Elstone chipped in with 17 off 10 balls to help move the hosts to 139-6 in the 18th over. Signal a late onslaught from Tim Groenewald who hit 19 off just 7 balls (3 fours, 1 six) to help his side reach a competitive 164-7.
Derbyshire Falcons continue their NatWest T20 Blast campaign against local rivals Nottinghamshire Outlaws on Friday at The 3aaa County Ground; 7pm start.
Wayne Madsen’s men are aiming for a repeat of their victory at Trent Bridge in 2013 against an Outlaws side armed with a hugely talented squad including England’s Twenty20 opening pair, Michael Lumb and Alex Hales, plus fellow internationals James Taylor, Samit Patel and Chris Read.
Graeme Welch has added young pace bowler Tom Taylor to a 15-man squad for the visit of neighbours Nottinghamshire.
Supporters will be able to clock their bowling speed at The 3aaa County Ground as part of the family-fun on offer throughout the evening. Other family-fun activities will also be available including bouncy castles and entertainers. Supporters will also be able to collect autographs from their favourite Derbyshire players straight after the conclusion of the match.
Live band, The Fentones, will also be playing instantly recognisably catchy tunes immediately after the match in the Marquee for supporters to enjoy.
Last year more than 21,000 current and former players responded to the survey – the first of its kind ever undertaken by ECB - and the national governing body is already acting on the comprehensive and wide-ranging feedback received.
Clubs and leagues nationwide are introducing new formats, rule changes, different start times, shorter travel distances to matches and greater opportunities for women, girls and people with a disability to play the game.
Examples of change at county level since last year’s inaugural survey include:
Wes Durston says the squad are determined to kick-start their NatWest T20 Blast campaign with victory over local rivals Nottinghamshire Outlaws on Friday.
The Club are expecting a bumper crowd at The 3aaa County Ground as Wayne Madsen’s men welcome an Outlaws side including internationals Michael Lumb, Alex Hales, Samit Patel and James Taylor.
Durston is hoping Derbyshire can repeat the result from Trent Bridge last summer when an unbeaten 50 off 25 balls from Durston himself helped the Falcons claim a 16-run win.
“Notts game is a fixture the players always look forward to,” Durston said. “We want to do well and especially against Notts.
“There’s no better way to kick-start our season than a win over our local rivals.
“The weather looks good for tomorrow and we’re looking forward to it. But there’s no doubt that it’s going to be a tough game. Notts are a very good Twenty20 side. It’s going to be hard and we are going to have to play very good cricket, but we are confident that we can do that.
“Last year’s game at Trent Bridge was a memorable match,” Durston added.
Hampshire dominated the final day, but a spirited Derbyshire lower-order, led by David Wainwright and Alex Hughes, survived to salvage a draw at the Ageas Bowl.
Rain washed out the morning session, but when play finally got underway at 2.30pm, Derbyshire endured a disastrous period of play in which they lost five quick wickets.
In favourable conditions, James Tomlinson (2-16) and Matt Coles (2-22) produced a devastating spell of seam bowling to reduce the visitors from 31-0 to 51-5 at Tea.
Wainwright and Hughes, however, stemmed the surge of wickets with a spirited 43-run stand in 11 overs after the restart. The pair batted admirably before Wainwright was seventh man out for 22, with Derbyshire 94-7 with 22 overs still scheduled for the day.
Tony Palladino (2) was eighth man out, but Hughes (18 not out) remained firm despite the toppling of regular wicket. New batsman Tim Groenewald (4 not out) remained with his younger partner before rain returned to stop play with 15 overs still left.
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