No saving Grace for Derbyshire
Redfern left 19 runs short of recording a century for visitors
Last Updated: 08/06/12 9:49pm
Rain ruined the hopes of both Derbyshire and Dan Redfern as the final day of the LV= County Championship Division Two clash with Leicestershire was washed out.
Persistent rainfall throughout the night and during the early part of the morning left the outfield heavily saturated at Grace Road.
Despite the best efforts of the groundstaff, play was called off and the game declared a draw at 12.30pm by umpires Richard Kettleborough and Nigel Llong.
Derbyshire had been due to resume on 259-5 in their second innings, with batsman Redfern 19 runs short of recording his third ton of the campaign.
Top-of-the-table Derbyshire were again left frustrated by the weather, as rain reduced the third day's play in their County Championship match against Leicestershire to 18.1 overs at a soggy Grace Road.
In that time, the Division Two leaders scored another 68 runs without losing a wicket to reach 259-5, giving them a lead of 82 runs and a second batting bonus point.
Dan Redfern and David Wainwright extended their unbeaten sixth-wicket partnership to 109, with Redfern remaining on course for his third Championship century of the season.
The 22-year-old was still there on 81 off 138 balls when play was abandoned for the day in mid-afternoon. Wainwright was 45 not out.
Derbyshire reached 191-5 - giving them a lead of 14 over Leicestershire - on a rain-hit second day to their LV= County Championship clash at Grace Road.
Wes Durston led the way with 44 as the visitors, who had bowled out their opponents for 177 on Tuesday, slowly worked their way ahead in the 52.3 overs of play that were possible.
Resuming in the morning on five without loss, Derbyshire's opening duo of Matt Lineker and Chesney Hughes carried the score to 43 before the former was bowled by Nathan Buck.
Hughes fell soon after for 28 while skipper Wayne Madsen contributed 21 during a third-wicket stand of 66 with Durston, who hit a six and six fours in his entertaining 58-ball knock.
When Ross Whiteley became Buck's second victim, Derbyshire had slipped from a relatively comfortable 117-2 to 150-5.
However Dan Redfern (40 not out) and David Wainwright, who finished up unbeaten on 20, shared an unbroken alliance of 41, pushing their team in front, until a torrential mid-afternoon downpour ended proceedings early.
Tony Palladino's hat-trick and a five-wicket haul for Tim Groenewald put Derbyshire in command on the opening day of their County Championship match against Leicestershire at Grace Road.
The hosts were dismissed for 177 after Palladino (3-58) sent them crashing to 7-3 in the fifth over of the day with the first hat-trick of his career and first by a Derbyshire bowler since Kevin Dean on the same ground 12 years ago.
The former Essex seamer had Michael Thornely lbw with the second ball, snared Ned Eckersley with a lifting delivery edged to wicketkeeper Tom Poynton and then produced a yorker that sent Ramnaresh Sarwan's off-stump cartwheeling.
It was an uphill battle for Leicestershire after that, and despite a half-century from Matt Boyce (50) and determined knocks from Josh Cobb (30) and Kadeer Ali (48), Derbyshire remained in control with some disciplined and accurate bowling in helpful conditions.
Groenewald picked up the last three wickets for one run in 12 balls to finish with figures of 5-29.
It added up to an excellent day's work for the Division Two leaders, who reached 5-0 loss in reply before rain brought an early end to proceedings with 20 overs still remaining.