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Palladino undermines Somerset

England opener Nick Compton missed out on the chance to press his Ashes claims as Tony Palladino celebrated his return from injury with a four-wicket haul for Derbyshire on a rain-affected second day of the LV= County Championship match against Somerset at Derby.

Compton made only 15 before he fell to Palladino, who took 4-75, and now has a possible three more first-class innings before the opening Test against Australia at Trent Bridge on July 10.

It was another struggle for Somerset's batsmen on a day when 45 overs were lost, with only skipper Marcus Trescothick reaching 50 as Derbyshire reduced them to 180 for six at the close, still 86 behind.

It had been a different story at the start with Compton and Trescothick playing confidently until the first of three rain delays held up play for 35 minutes and, when the game resumed, Derbyshire's bowlers took control.

Palladino had been out for seven weeks with a side strain and Derbyshire's leading wicket-taker for the last two seasons showed how much the team has missed him when he sent back Compton with the total on 56.

Compton, who had scored a century in the previous championship match against Durham at Taunton, had failed to hit a boundary in his 70-minute innings which ended when he edged a drive at the former Essex seamer and was caught by Wes Durston at first slip.

Trescothick had looked in command but Derbyshire's seamers bowled with discipline to restrict his scoring opportunities to the extent that he took 21 overs to move from 35 to 50.

The game was held up briefly when one of the sightscreens was blown over before Tim Groenewald got the wicket Derbyshire wanted when Trescothick pushed at one that left him and was caught at third slip, which was the first of five wickets to fall for 65 runs.

South African batsman Dean Elgar looked to be set when he drove Palladino tamely to cover and Craig Kieswetter's brief innings was ended when Palladino had him caught behind four overs later.

A lot now rested on James Hildreth, who timed the ball well to hit five fours in his 36 but he also fell to a poor shot when he played across the line at Palladino and was lbw.

Alex Barrow also went cheaply and, after a two-and-a-half hour break for rain, only three more overs were possible with Palladino having Peter Trego dropped at second slip before another shower drove the players back to the pavilion for the last time.

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