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April 21, 2012
Leicestershire 324 and 76 for 1 lead Derbyshire 180 by 220 runs
Former Derbyshire all-rounder Wayne White punished his old club again with another career-best performance to put Leicestershire on top on the third day at Derby.
Two years after making his first-class best with the bat on the same ground, a maiden century, White took his first five-wicket haul for the Foxes to bowl Derbyshire out for 180. That gave Leicestershire a first innings lead of 144 and White - a day before his 27th birthday - finished with 5 for 54, eclipsing the 5 for 87 he took for Derbyshire against Northants in 2007.
Derbyshire needed a few timely blows from number 10 batsman Tony Palladino to avoid being asked to follow on and, by the close, Leicestershire had moved on to 76 for 1 in their second innings, a lead of 220. Matt Boyce was 43 not out and Jacques du Toit 25 not out.
The bowlers had the better of the day after conditions seemed to favour the batsmen on the second day and the pattern was soon set. Leicestershire resumed on 318 for 7 but, within 23 balls, Robbie Joseph and Claude Henderson had their middle stumps sent flying and Nadeem Malik lost his off stump. Mark Footitt took two of those wickets to finish with 3 for 43 and Palladino the other to give him 3 for 66.
At 324 all out, Leicestershire had lost their last five wickets for seven runs but Derbyshire were soon in trouble at the start of their reply. Joseph's fourth ball had Paul Borrington caught behind without a run on the scoreboard and Wes Durston was caught at short leg to give Joseph a second victim in his next over.
Wayne Madsen and Dan Redfern repaired some of the damage with a stand of 55 for the third wicket, but they fell to slip catches on either side of the lunch interval and that was 70 for 4.
The follow-on loomed when Malik took the wicket of Ross Whiteley and White removed Martin Guptill, who had to come in down the order at four because he spent time off the field for an ankle injury on the second day, and Jon Clare, to make it 115 for 7.
Spinner Claude Henderson had been made to wait for his first bowl of the season as the Leicestershire seamers dominated but, with his first ball, he had David Wainwright caught behind.
Derbyshire were still 24 short of the follow-on target when Tom Poynton was ninth man out at 151, but Palladino hit 29 off the next 16 balls he faced, including a pulled six off White, before the bowler was able to complete his five-for.
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