LV County Championship - Division Two
Chesterfield - Day Four
Northamptonshire 399 (L Klusener 135, M H Wessels 79, C K Langeveldt 5-52) & 216-3 dec (S D Peters 104 no, M H Wessels 52 no) v Derbyshire 342 (J L Clare 88, G M Smith 76, C J L Rogers 57, A J Hall 5-81)
Derbyshire (10pts) drew with Northamptonshire (11pts)
An unbeaten century from Stephen Peters was the highlight on the final day at Chesterfield as the Division Two clash between Derbyshire and Northamptonshire ended in a draw.
The 29-year-old opener was on 104 not out from 173 balls as the visitors reached 216-3 in their second innings by the time the two teams decided to shake hands.
Wicketkeeper Riki Wessels was on 52 not out at the finish having been forced to retire hurt after turning his ankle. David Sales hit a quick-fire 33 before falling to Greg Smith.
Northants had cleaned up Derbyshire's lower order earlier in the day with the hosts finishing up with a first innings total of 342.
Seamer Andrew Hall claimed his first five-wicket haul of the campaign including trapping Smith leg before after he had added just six runs to his overnight total of 70.
Jonathan Clare looked set for his second first-class century until David Lucas knocked back his off stump when he was on 88. He had faced 126 balls and hit 15 fours and a six.
Derbyshire's injured wicket-keeper Jamie Pipe helped his side avoid the follow-on after Northamptonshire missed out on maximum batting points by one run in their Division Two clash at Chesterfield.
Pipe dug in for 17 overs despite suffering from a broken finger after Derbyshire had slipped to 124-4, needing 250 to force the visitors to bat again.
Greg Smith (70no) and Jon Clare (50no) then batted with increasing freedom to score unbeaten half-centuries and share an unbroken stand of 97 in 26 overs to take the home team to 269-5 at the close, 130 behind Northants.
Derbyshire would have been facing a bigger target but for an excellent spell of seam bowling by Charl Langeveldt who took three wickets in four overs to bring the Northamptonshire innings to a swift end on 399.
Alex Wakely fell for 24 without addition to the total when Chris Rogers took a brilliant reaction catch at first slip and then Langeveldt yorked David Lucas for 13.
Andrew Hall was caught behind by Pipe's deputy Tom Poynton pushing forward at Langeveldt, and Graham Wagg denied Northants a fifth point when Jason Brown was lbw for a duck.
No play was possible on the second day of Derbyshire's LV County Championship Division Two fixture against Northamptonshire at Chesterfield.
The visitors were due to resume on 382-6 in their first innings after Lance Klusener's century on the first day.
But a torrential downpour just after the scheduled start left large areas of the outfield under water and although the ground drained quickly, another heavy shower left the pitch saturated.
Umpires Richard Kettleborough and Nigel Cowley were left with no option but to abandon play for the day just after 3pm, shortly before the rain set in again.
And there was further bad news for Derbyshire when it was confirmed that wicketkeeper Jamie Pipe suffered a broken left index finger on the first day.
Tom Poynton, 18, will deputise for Pipe on the final two days.
Former South Africa Test star Lance Klusener made Derbyshire pay for two early drops as Northamptonshire piled on the runs on day one.
The 36-year-old all-rounder was dropped twice early in his innings and took full advantage by scoring a century to put his side in a strong position at Chesterfield.
Klusener had made half-centuries in his two previous Championship innings against Derbyshire and with Riki Wessels making 79, Northants cruised to 382 for six to underline the quality of the pitch and the speed of the Queen's Park outfield.
Klusener was dropped on four by wicketkeeper Jamie Pipe diving to his left and in the next over, the South African survived a sharp chance at short leg on five.
Derbyshire were left to regret those misses as Wessels and Klusener settled in to bat past tea although Wessels was also dropped poorly on 55 at long leg by Nayan Doshi, who misjudged a pull off Graham Wagg that went over his head for six.
Klusener went on to make 135, which came off 179 balls and contained a six and 21 fours, but then dragged a delivery from Wagg onto his stumps after Derbyshire took the second new ball.