Redfern breaks new ground
Dan Redfern celebrated a double first to lead an impressive Derbyshire fightback on the first day of the LV= County Championship Division Two match against Northamptonshire at Derby.
The 21-year-old left-hander scored his maiden first-class century and also achieved the honour of becoming the first batsman to make a hundred in the 2012 season.
Ross Whiteley shared a stand of 160 in 39 overs with Redfern, who made 110, following a fine spell from Jack Brooks which reduced the home side to 50 for four after Northants had won the toss.
Whiteley finally fell for 83 to Brooks, who finished with 5-61, as Derbyshire were bowled out for 286. However, Northants slipped to 28 for three to trail by 258 at the close.
The decision to put Derbyshire in looked a good one once Brooks switched to the Racecourse End with a stiff northerly breeze at his back to take 3-17 in five overs, including New Zealand Test opener Martin Guptill.
The tall right-hander drove Chaminda Vaas for six and looked well set until he clipped Brooks firmly to square-leg, where Kyle Coetzer did well to cling on in the cold conditions.
Wayne Madsen made only one in his first game as Derbyshire captain before he played on to Lee Daggett, and Paul Borrington also fell for a single when he edged Brooks to first slip.
Wes Durston looked in good touch until he played across the line at Brooks in the 19th over, but Redfern played with authority to reach 50 from 55 balls before lunch.
He had a let-off on 59 when David Willey dropped him, diving at extra-cover, and Northants were to regret that as the fifth-wicket pair took control.
The century stand came up in 25 overs and Whiteley twice drove James Middlebrook for six, the second maximum bringing up a half-century that came off 85 balls and also included seven fours.
Redfern was given another life on 88 when Niall O’Brien shelled him off Middlebrook, and he got to his hundred in his 46th first-class game by clipping Daggett for three through midwicket.
Despite those two dropped catches, it had been a fine display of batting. But, when he was bowled by Willey aiming for his 14th four, the last six wickets then fell for 76.
However, Derbyshire ended the day on top as Tony Palladino, who broke his jaw less than three weeks ago, had Rob Newton caught at second slip before Tim Groenewald removed Stephen Peters and Coetzer in consecutive overs.