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Palladino and Groenewald heroics hurt Leics

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Watch the highlights as Tony Palladino takes a hat-trick for Derbyshire v Leicestershire

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Tony Palladino took a hat-trick and Tim Groenewald claimed a five-wicket haul to put Derbyshire in command on the opening day of their LV= County Championship match against Leicestershire at Grace Road.

The hosts were dismissed for 177 after Palladino sent them crashing to seven for three with the first hat-trick of his career.

Groenewald then picked up the final three wickets for one run in 12 balls to finish with figures of 5-29. 

Tim Groenewald

Derbyshire seamer Tim Groenewald claimed figures of 5-29 as Leicestershire were skittled for just 177 on the opening day at Grace Road

It added up to an excellent day's work for the Division Two leaders, who reached five without loss in reply before rain brought an early end to proceedings with 20 overs still remaining.

Palladino's hat-trick was the first for Derbyshire since Kevin Dean, now on the county's committee, achieved the feat on the same ground 12 years ago.

The 28-year-old seamer, who joined Derbyshire from Essex in 2010, bagged the three wickets in his third over of the morning after Leicestershire won the toss and decided to bat.

He had Michael Thornely lbw with the second ball of the over, had Ned Eckersley caught behind by Tom Poynton and then produced a superb yorker that sent Ramnaresh Sarwan's off-stump cartwheeling.

It was an uphill battle for Leicestershire after that and, despite a half-century from Matthew Boyce and determined knocks from Josh Cobb and Kadeer Ali, Derbyshire remained in control with some disciplined and accurate bowling in helpful conditions.

Cobb was caught behind off Jonathan Clare for 30 just before lunch and, after reaching his half-century off 104 balls with six fours, Boyce became Groenewald's first victim when he somehow looped a full toss to mid-off.

Kadeer and Nathan Buck offered some resistance with a stubborn eighth-wicket partnership of 58, before Groenewald returned to the attack to finish things off.

Buck edged to first slip for 13, Kadeer was caught behind for 48 off 81 balls and Nadeem Malik was taken at slip.

Clare also bowled well, taking 2-18 in 12 overs, while left-arm spinner David Wainwright conceded only 38 runs in 22 overs - 10 of those coming off two balls that Kadeer hit for four and six.

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