Redfern battles as Northants take charge
Derbyshire 163 for 5 (Redfern 70) trail Northamptonshire 400 (Newton 115, Middlebrook 71, Willey 60*, Palladino 5-82) by 237 runs
Division Two leaders Derbyshire continued to struggle on a rain-affected second day of their 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 for 82 for Derbyshire. The visitors then lost wickets regularly as they closed on 163 for five with Redfern scoring 70 after being dropped early in his innings.
Northants began the day on 311 for 6 with James Middlebrook resuming on 50 and wicketkeeper David Murphy on 16. Murphy, however, could only add four runs to his overnight total before he edged 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 his off stump. But Willey was to complete an explosive half-century off 50 balls batting from No. 9 as Northants' tail continued to wag.
Palladino then forced Lee Daggett to edge to Poynton before he sealed the eighth five-wicket haul of his career when he trapped 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 he 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 his off stump.
Redfern was then dropped on 6 by Murphy off the bowling of Daggett before rain briefly forced the players off. They emerged for another five overs before play was suspended again but this was just enough time for Northants captain Andrew Hall to dismiss Wes Durston by trapping him lbw.
The latest delay prompted an early tea with the visitors on 79 for 3 and yet another shower brought a third stoppage of the day 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.
But he walked when he edged Middlebrook to Murphy before the same combination did for night-watchman Palladino, who went for a five-ball duck. Derbyshire captain Wayne Madsen then survived the final four overs and will resume tomorrow on 37 with his latest partner Ross Whiteley yet to score.