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Briggs turns screw on Derbyshire

Derbyshire 166 for 7 (Moore 53, Briggs 4-29) trail Hampshire 388 (Wheater 87, Smith 82, Bates 50, Palladino 4-97) by 222 runs
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Hampshire's slow left-armer Danny Briggs claimed four wickets to leave Division Two's bottom side Derbyshire in trouble at the Ageas Bowl. They finished the second day on 166 for 7, still 222 runs behind and, with no recognised batsmen left, facing an uphill struggle.

The visitors had done a good job of polishing off the leaders' innings in the morning as once Michael Bates was removed having made his half-century, Mark Footitt finished off the tail.

With only 56 added to the overnight total Derbyshire at least had some momentum but the loss of Paul Borrington to Briggs just before lunch curtailed their progress. Sean Ervine had Wayne Madsen caught at slip and bad light forced an early tea with Stephen Moore still unbeaten on 48.

Upon the resumption, the 23-year-old Briggs was back in the action, trapping Marcus North lbw but Kyle Abbott's removal of Moore for 53 in similar fashion dealt the real blow.

At 101 for 4, Derbyshire were in trouble but Scott Elstone and Alex Hughes fought back with a partnership of 59, which was eventually broken when Ervine took another good catch at slip to give Briggs his third victim.

Gareth Cross fell cheaply to Abbott before the Briggs-Elstone combination accounted for Hughes to leave Derbyshire still needing 73 runs to avoid the follow on. Briggs closed with 4 for 29 off 22 overs with his sights set on eclipsing his career-best figures of 6 for 45.

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Derbyshire 4th innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st31SC MoorePM Borrington
2nd3SC MooreWL Madsen
3rd6MJ NorthWL Madsen
4th1WL MadsenSL Elstone
5th1WL MadsenAL Hughes
6th9GD CrossAL Hughes
7th43DJ WainwrightAL Hughes
8th2AP PalladinoAL Hughes
9th11TD GroenewaldAL Hughes