Derbyshire finally mustered some resistance to take their LV= County Championship Division One match against Durham at the Emirates Durham ICG to a fourth day.
After subsiding for 113 in their first innings, the visitors were 49 for five in the second after being set a target of 472, but closed on 181 for seven.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul made 76 and put on 98 for the sixth wicket with wicketkeeper Tom Poynton, who hit 56 not out on his return to the side after being axed because of a lack of runs in the first four games.
Chris Rushworth, the man nominated to stand down if Graham Onions became available, followed his 6-64 in the first innings by taking three more wickets.
The rules dictate that Onions would have had to be on the ground for the start of the third day but, although not in the team, England retained him at Trent Bridge as the Investec Ashes began.
Durham, who would move up to second with victory, saw opener Keaton Jennings follow his 93 in the first innings by completing a maiden championship century.
Resuming on 65, he made his way carefully towards the milestone, off 247 balls, with a series of singles.
He was on 122 at lunch, when Durham led by 446 on 306 for seven, but added only one before being run out.
Mark Wood fell lbw on the back foot to give occasional off-spinner Dan Redfern career-best figures of 3-33 and Durham declared on 331 for nine.
Derbyshire reached 19 before three wickets went down for one run, Ben Stokes taking two.
Stokes nipped a delivery back to remove Richard Johnson's off bail and, after Callum Thorp found some extra bounce to have Wayne Madsen caught behind, saw Michael Richardson hold a fine catch low to his right at third slip off Chesney Hughes.
Rushworth returned for a second spell and took the next two wickets, pinning Wes Durston lbw and having left-hander Redfern caught at first slip.
Chanderpaul reached 50 off 73 balls before hitting Scott Borthwick for three fours when the leg-spinner was finally introduced.
Just as in the first innings, it was Rushworth who persuaded Chanderpaul to feel for a ball just wide of off stump, which he edged to Phil Mustard as Durham continued to chip away.