Palladino strikes before rain intervenes

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Tony Palladino added to his early-season wicket haul before the rain had the final say on the opening day of the LV= County Championship Division Two match between Derbyshire and Leicestershire.

Only 45 minutes play were possible at Derby, where the action finally got under way at 3.30pm following five pitch inspections.

Tony Palladino

Tony Palladino claimed the only wicket of the day as rain limited Derbyshire's clash with Leicestershire to just 10.5 overs on Thursday

That was time enough for Palladino to add to his 10 wickets from the first two matches of the season when he trapped Matthew Boyce lbw for one in the third over.

But the rain returned and play was abandoned for the day at 5.15pm, with Leicestershire 24 for one from 10.5 overs.

Derbyshire went into the match as the early Division Two leaders after victories over Northamptonshire and Glamorgan but they were held up by the weather, which wiped out the morning session and delayed the start until mid-afternoon.

The rain clouds were briefly replaced by blue skies but the light was murky enough for the County Ground floodlights to be switched on after only four overs, by which time the visitors had already lost a wicket.

The conditions suggested the toss could be significant and it was no surprise when Derbyshire skipper Wayne Madsen put Leicestershire in on a green-tinged pitch.

Greg Smith drove Palladino through the covers for the first boundary in the opening over but when Boyce tried to drive the seamer in his next over, he was lbw - although the opener’s reaction suggested he was clearly unhappy with umpire Steve O’Shaughnessy’s decision.

Mark Footitt tended to stray down the leg side in his opening spell and did not make the batsmen play, although he should have had Smith caught at point when a mistimed cut was put down by Ross Whiteley diving forward.

From there on, Smith and Jacques Du Toit denied the home side another opportunity until another downpour ruled out any chance of a resumption and the batsmen will respectively resume on nine and 13 tomorrow.

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