Palladino prospers as Derbyshire dominate

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Tony Palladino continued his fine start to the season with 5-47 as Derbyshire moved into a position of dominance against Gloucestershire

A five-wicket haul from Derbyshire paceman Tony Palladino plunged Gloucestershire into deep trouble on a rain-interrupted second day of the LV County Championship match at Derby.

The 28-year-old took 5-47 from 18 overs as the visitors collapsed to 172 for nine before rain forced play to be abandoned for the day at 5.20 pm. Gloucestershire trailed by 216 and still needed another 67 to avoid the follow-on.

Palladino now boasts 18 wickets this season and he was well supported by Jon Clare, who followed his run-a-ball 48 in Derbyshire’s first-innings 388 with figures of 3-38.

Gloucestershire lost Benny Howell to the third ball of their reply but recovered well to reach 83 for one before Derbyshire’s seamers put their side firmly on top.

They were backed up by keen fielding which was in marked contrast to Gloucestershire who dropped two more catches before Derbyshire’s last wicket went down.

Clare pulled Paul Muchall through the hands of Kane Williamson at deep midwicket for six and was dropped at long leg by Ian Saxelby off the next ball before he was bowled trying to bring up his fifty.

Gloucestershire had to bat a lot better than they had bowled to stay in the game and both Chris Dent and Williamson played positively before Clare beat the latter’s attempted drive just before lunch.

Hamish Marshall had his off stump knocked out when Palladino found a way past his defensive push and Dent’s fine innings ended disappointingly when he edged to second slip for 55 in the seamer’s next over.

When Ian Cockbain nicked one that left him late from Tim Groenewald after a short rain break, Gloucestershire had lost three for 23 in eight overs and the slide continued with Richard Coughtrie edging Palladino down the leg side.

The next delivery bowled Ed Young to give Palladino the sixth first-class five-wicket haul of his career and leave the visitors on the ropes at 159 for seven.

Any chance of a fightback was ended by Clare who removed Will Gidman for 21 with a ball that lifted sharply and then bowled James Fuller three balls later.

Gloucestershire were spared further punishment by heavy rain, which ended play with 26 overs still to bowl. However, even with more showers forecast tomorrow, they face an uphill task to avoid defeat and deny Derbyshire a third victory of the season.

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