Wayne White puts Leicestershire in control
Derbyshire 207 and 13 for 1 v Leicestershire 330 for 8 dec
Wayne White hit a maiden first-class century against his former county as Leicestershire built a big lead on the third day of their Championship match against Derbyshire.
Only a week after making a career-best 89 against Northants, the 24-year-old Derby-born all-rounder completed an unbeaten 101 before Leicestershire declared their second innings half an hour before the close. Ahead by 155 overnight, Leicestershire batted with tremendous patience to move onto 330 for 8, setting Derbyshire an imposing 403 to win.
To complete a good day for Matthew Hoggard's side, they then had Derbyshire captain Chris Rogers caught behind for nought off the fourth ball to leave the home side 13 for 1.
White hauled the balance of the game emphatically back in Leicestershire's favour after three quick wickets following lunch threatened to undo much of their hard work. Derbyshire had the early breakthrough they needed at the start of play when James Taylor tried to turn a straight ball from Mark Footitt to midwicket and was lbw for 25.
But Matthew Boyce and Josh Cobb kept them waiting 20 overs for another wicket, putting on 64 before Cobb tried to take on left-arm spinner Robin Peterson and was caught at long off for 25 to make it 158 for 4.
Opener Boyce appeared completely assured until, after facing 248 balls for his 90, he tried to drive Peterson over cover and fell to a good running catch from Paul Borrington.
From 194 for 4, Leicestershire slipped to 214 for 7 when Tom New and Claude Henderson gave South African Peterson two more victims on his way to final figures of four for 91.
But White made sure Derbyshire were denied the chance of getting a grip on the game as, with 18-year-old Nathan Buck, they saw off the second new ball and regained control.
Buck, fresh from his career-best bowling figures of 4 for 44 in the first innings, saw off 112 balls for 14 runs, including two fours. The pair put on 95 in 38 overs and, having clearly been told that the declaration was close, White decided it was time to get a move on and hit Peterson for a straight six before bringing up three figures with a clip to long leg. It took him 142 balls and included eight fours and a six.
Leicestershire immediately declared and were celebrating again in Buck's first over when Rogers was caught behind by New.
It could have been even better for them but White could not hold onto a low catch at third slip off Buck when Wayne Madsen was on six.