Madsen at the double in amazing stand

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Derbyshire captain Wayne Madsen smashed a stunning double-century as the Division Two leaders came roaring back on day three of their LV= County Championship match against Northamptonshire at Wantage Road.

Madsen piled on 223 not out, including 31 fours, as Derbyshire soared to 512 for eight at the close while he also formed part of an incredible partnership with wicketkeeper Tom Poynton.

Their unbroken ninth-wicket stand of 259 is the third-highest in the history of first-class cricket and it included the maiden century of 22-year-old Poynton’s career as he finished unbeaten on 105.

Derbyshire began the day on 163 for five, 237 runs behind, with Madsen resuming on 37 and Ross Whiteley yet to open his account.

The visitors needed 88 to avoid the follow-on, but Whiteley fell in the first over of the day when he edged David Willey to wicketkeeper David Murphy for a 14-ball duck.

Wayne Madsen

Wayne Madsen's double-hundred, allied to Tom Poynton's century, gave Derbyshire an improbable first-innings lead © David Griffin

Madsen completed a patient half-century, but the visitors lost David Wainwright when he was trapped lbw by James Middlebrook.

Rob Newton then dropped a straightforward catch at deep midwicket off Jack Brooks to give Jonathan Clare a reprieve on 22, but he was snared on 28 by Murphy in the next over to give Lee Daggett his second wicket as the visitors reached lunch on 282 for eight.

Madsen completed the 13th hundred of his first-class career and his second at Northamptonshire in three years in the fourth over of the afternoon.

He and Poynton then set about obliterating Tony Palladino and Tim Groenewald’s county record ninth-wicket partnership of 78 that was set in this same fixture last season.

They eventually went way past the first-class record for any county against Northamptonshire: 136 made by Kent’s Richard Ellison and Alan Knott at Wantage Road in 1985.

Madsen moved beyond 150 before Poynton completed his half-century as he topped his previous best score of 50 not out, made against Essex at Chelmsford in May.

Madsen serenely overtook the 179 he hit on this ground two years ago after tea before he completed his double-ton with a four through midwicket off Alex Wakely.

Poynton then brought up his century towards the close on a day Derbyshire’s promotion hopes received a massive boost.

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