LV County Championship - Division Three
Northampton - Day Four
Derbyshire 485-7 dec (J L Clare 129 no, G G Wagg 108, W W Hinds 76, P M Borrington 57, G M Smith 50) & 278-5 (C J L Rogers 118, D J Birch 77, W W Hinds 64) v Northamptonshire 341 (N J O'Brien 80, L Klusener 73, A J Hall 54, J L Clare 7-74)
Northamptonshire (9pts) drew with Derbyshire (12pts)
A century from Australian Chris Rogers entertained the Wantage Road crowd as the match petered out into a draw.
The stand-in captain scored 118 in Derbyshire's 278-5 after the hosts had narrowly avoided the follow-on earlier in the day, thanks to the efforts of last pair David Wigley and Jason Brown.
Jonathan Clare removed both Johan van der Wath and David Lucas to give the all-rounder career-best figures of seven for 74, but some cavalier batting from Wigley (18 not out) and Brown saw them to 341, 144 behind.
With little chance of a positive result in sight, Rogers played some lovely shots, scoring 10 fours as he took 78 balls to pass his fifty shortly after lunch.
He added 164 with Dan Birch for the second wicket, Birch hitting seven fours and three sixes on his way to a 70-ball half-century.
He eventually fell to Brown for 71 but Rogers and Wavell Hinds continued to enjoy themselves with little at stake, adding 59 before Brown had Rogers dismissed caught behind by Andrew Hall for 118.
Hinds made 64 before holing out to mid on off Wigley and bad light forced a premature end to proceedings.
Jonathan Clare was the star of the show for the second day running as Derbyshire dominated on day three of their LV County Championship game with Northamptonshire.
Clare followed up his maiden first-class century with 5-52 as Derbyshire continued to dominate at Wantage Road.
The hosts closed on 296 for seven, still trailing by 189 runs. Having resumed on 48-0, they made the worst possible start to the day as Stephen Peters was trapped lbw by Clarke from the second ball.
Rob White then edged Clare to Jamie Pipe for 12, before the bowler claimed his third wicket when he dismissed David Sales lbw for 13.
Niall O'Brien (80) stood his ground for Northants before Lance Klusener (73) and Andrew Hall (54) set about building a strong middle-order partnership.
Derbyshire took the new ball after 81 overs and made the breakthrough just two overs later when Hall was caught by the substitute fielder Wayne White to give Clare his fourth wicket.
Clare completed a memorable two days with his fifth wicket of the innings as he removed Klusener's leg stump with the South African on 73.
Derbyshire powered into a strong position against Northamptonshire thanks to maiden centuries from Jonathan Clare and Graham Wagg.
The pair both passed three figures for the first time as their seventh-wicket partnership eventually grew to 203 and enabled Derbyshire to declare on 485-7 and out the pressure on the hosts, who reached 48-0 at stumps.
After an hour's delay to the start due to rain, Wagg and Clare continued their partnership in aggressive fashion and Wagg was able to build on his highest-ever score to register a century for the first time before he was eventually out for 108.
His seventh-wicket stand of 203 with Clare was the third highest in Derbyshire history and it put the visitors in pole position.
Clare went on to bag his maiden century, which came off 148 balls, and he put on lively 71 with Jake Needham and quickly progressed to 129 when Derbyshire declared.
After another delay for rain Northants started their response to the hefty Derbyshire total and Stephen Peters and Niall O'Brien played well to score 48 in just 12.3 overs before bad light brought a premature end to proceedings.
Graham Wagg hit a highest score of 81 not out as Derbyshire's batsmen shone on day one against Northamptonshire.
The right-hander smacked 10 fours and three sixes as he and Jonathan Clare (58 not out) put on 141 to help the visitors reach the close on 352-6.
Their seventh-wicket alliance followed up earlier good work by Paul Borrington, Greg Smith and Wavell Hinds, who had all reached half-centuries.
Stand-in captain Chris Rogers was one of few failures for Derbyshire, the Australian managing just a single against his former county.
The only other highlight for Northamptonshire was a spell of three wickets in 10 balls for seamer David Wigley.
After David Lucas had taken the first three wickets to fall Wigley finally made an impact when he had Smith caught behind for an even 50.
He then removed Jamie Pipe for a first-ball duck before ending Hinds' entertaining innings of 76 by getting the former West Indies international caught at extra cover.