Derbyshire safely negotiated a rain-affected final day against Leicestershire at The County Ground to remain top of the LV=County Championship.
Martin Guptill hit an unbeaten 67*, whilst opening partner Paul Borrington finished undefeated on 18* as the hosts reached 91 without loss chasing a theoretical 314 to win before the two captains shook hands at 5pm.
Leicestershire had begun the day 76-1 - a lead of 220 runs - however progress was thwarted by Tony Palladino and David Wainwright; the pair restricting Matthew Boyce and Jacque du Toit to 44 runs in the opening hour.
Shortly after the former had reached a 107-ball fifty, his partner became the first dismissal of the morning, du Toit edging behind to Tom Poynton off the bowling of Jon Clare for 48.
With the visitors looking to force the issue, Ramnaresh Sarwan blasted 24 from just 13 balls, Leicestershire losing Boyce, caught and bowled Wainwright for 65 in the process.
See how Tony Palladino performed like a top-order batsman to save the follow-on – and how the home side’s bowlers, led by Mark Footitt, made light work of the Leicestershire tail earlier in the day.
The number ten batsman top-scored with a serene 38 in tense circumstances as Karl Krikken’s men avoided the follow-on by the skin of their teeth and trail Leicestershire, who are 76-1, leading by 220, heading into the final day.
Mark Footitt had earlier wasted little time mopping-up the Leicestershire tail as 318-7 overnight became 324 all out within 3.5 overs of the resumption. Footitt and Tony Palladino finished with three wickets apiece.
Look out for an excellent David Wainwright quicker ball to dismiss Leicestershire opener Greg Smith.
Mark Footitt and Jonathan Clare also produced fine deliveries to clean bowl batsmen during the course of the day.
Also view the highlights of excellent centuries from Ramnaresh Sarwan and Josh Cobb.
Centuries from Ramnaresh Sarwan and Josh Cobb saw Leicestershire on top on Day Two, despite a late flurry of wickets at The County Ground.
With only 10.5 overs possible on the opening day due to rain, Friday saw a largely uninterrupted day of cricket; save a late morning downpour that saw the players take an early lunch.
At the said Lunch interval, it was Leicestershire who had enjoyed the better of the session, despite losing Jacques du Toit early in the day; LBW to Tony Palladino for 14.
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The 26-year-old signed from Nottinghamshire ahead of the 2010 campaign and he has since taken 38 first-class wickets, in 13 matches, at an average of 30.86.
A left-arm fast bowler with the ability to bowl at 90-plus miles-per-hour, Footitt took 5-53 in the match against Northamptonshire at Queen’s Park, Chesterfield, in 2011.
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The three winners answered 52 to the question - Tony Palladino was Derbyshire’s leading wicket taker in the LV= County Championship in 2011. How many wickets did he take? – and they were randomly drawn as winners.
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