Turner and Durston propel Derbyshire
Mark Turner claimed the first five-wicket haul of his career as Derbyshire strengthened their position on the third day of their LV= County Championship match with Division Two leaders Northamptonshire at Wantage Road.
Northants were bowled out for 275 in the morning, giving Derbyshire a first-innings lead of 89, as Turner returned superb figures of 5-32 – his last four wickets coming at a cost of just two runs.
Wes Durston then thumped 62 from 74 balls to help the visitors move on to 171 for four by the time rain and bad light forced an early close.
Northants started the day on 220 for six, 144 behind their opponents, with wicketkeeper Niall O’Brien resuming on 14 and former Sri Lanka seamer Chaminda Vaas on 11.
Vaas made it to 21 before departing by smashing Tim Groenewald to Jonathan Clare at mid-on and it was slow going for the hosts in the early stages.
O’Brien was given a life when he was dropped by Chesney Hughes at second slip off Groenewald.
Derbyshire then brought on Turner in the 98th over and with his fifth ball he sent O’Brien’s middle stump tumbling, the Ireland international having made 40.
Turner repeated the trick with Lee Daggett, who faced eight balls without scoring, in his next over before completing his five-wicket haul by forcing Jack Brooks to edge to Durston at first slip.
Vaas thought he had Wayne Madsen caught for seven by Northants captain Andrew Hall at the start of Derbyshire’s second innings but umpire Jeff Evans signalled a no ball.
Daggett came on in the 12th over and with his very first ball he was nudged by New Zealand international Martin Guptill, who made 20, to O’Brien.
Hughes departed on 10 when he was caught behind by O’Brien off Hall but Durston completed an explosive fifty in as many balls as Derbyshire reached tea on 145 for two.
Madsen, however, fell two short of a half-century in the third over of the evening when he edged Vaas to Hall at first slip to end a third-wicket stand of 87.
Durston perished three overs later when Daggett’s delivery came off the shoulder of his bat and flew to Hall, again standing at first slip.
Rain then forced the players off before the light faded leading to an early close and the loss of 23 overs. Greg Smith and Ross Whiteley will resume tomorrow on 19 and two respectively.