Derbyshire struggle on day two

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Dan Redfern's half century may not be enough for Derbyshire
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Dan Redfern's half century may not be enough for Derbyshire

LV= County Championship Division Two leaders Derbyshire continued to struggle on a rain-affected second day of their 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 five for 82 for Derbyshire.

The visitors then lost wickets regularly as they closed on 163 for five with Redfern scoring 70 off 135 deliveries after being dropped early in his innings.

Bottom-of-the-table Leicestershire had promotion hopefuls Hampshire on the rack at the end of the second day of their game at Grace Road.

Home captain Matthew Hoggard took four wickets and Alex Wyatt and Wayne White three each as the hosts bowled out Hampshire for 181 to secure a first-innings lead of 175 runs. By the close they had increased that to 243 having reached 68 for two in their second innings.

Sean Ervine top scored for Hampshire making an unbeaten 58, while David Balcombe hit 31 in a ninth-wicket stand of 50 - the biggest of the innings.

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