Leaders in trouble despite Redfern

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Division Two leaders Derbyshire continued to struggle on a rain-affected second day of their LV= County Championship match against Northamptonshire despite Dan Redfern’s half-century.

Northants were eventually bowled out for 400 in the morning as David Willey smashed an unbeaten 60 off just 62 balls, with Tony Palladino taking 5-82 for Derbyshire.

The visitors then lost wickets regularly as they closed on 163 for five, with Redfern scoring 70 off 135 deliveries after being dropped early in his innings.

Northants began the day on 311 for six with James Middlebrook resuming on 50 and wicketkeeper David Murphy 16.

Dan Redfern

Dan Redfern struck a fine fifty, yet that did not stop Northamptonshire moving into a powerful position against leaders Derbyshire today

Murphy, however, could only add four runs to his overnight total before edging Palladino to his opposite number Tom Poynton in the seventh over of the day.

Middlebrook moved on to a composed 71 before David Wainwright’s terrific delivery turned viciously and clipped off stump.

Willey then completed an explosive half-century off 50 balls from number nine as Northants’ tail continued to wag.

Palladino forced Lee Daggett to edge to Poynton before sealing the eighth five-wicket haul of his career by trapping Jack Brooks lbw to end the hosts’ innings just before lunch.

Daggett was brought on in the 12th over of Derbyshire’s reply and, with his very first ball, pinned Australia international Usman Khawaja lbw for 16.

Matt Lineker followed him back to the pavilion for 20 in the next over when he left Willey’s straight delivery and the ball crashed into off stump.

Redfern was then dropped on six by Murphy off Daggett before rain briefly forced the players off.

They emerged for another five overs before play was suspended again, but that proved just enough time for Northants captain Andrew Hall to dismiss Wes Durston lbw.

The latest delay prompted an early tea with the visitors on 79 for three and yet another shower brought the day’s third stoppage five overs into the evening session.

After half an hour, play resumed yet again and Redfern went on to make the most of his second chance as he completed a half-century off 93 balls.

However, he departed after edging Middlebrook to Murphy before the same combination did for nightwatchman Palladino, who went for a five-ball duck.

Derbyshire captain Wayne Madsen survived the final four overs and will resume tomorrow on 37 with his latest partner Ross Whiteley yet to score.

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