Northants 218 v Derbyshire
Conor McKerr picked up a maiden five-wicket haul in just his second first-class match as Derbyshire bowled Northamptonshire out for 218 by tea on the first day at Wantage Road.
McKerr, the 19-year-old on loan from Surrey, took 5 for 87 as Derbyshire enjoyed a great start to the match as they seek a first County Championship win for two years.
His wickets helped hurry Northants away from 134 for 3 when Rob Newton and Ben Duckett were going well in a stand of 78 for the fourth wicket.
Newton looked in good touch but needed to survive a straightforward chance to first slip to the seventh ball of the afternoon session when he had 28. Thereafter he played with fluency, driving confidently and pulling Alex Hughes to the long midwicket boundary. A well-timed off side push brought him a fourth Championship fifty of the summer in 83 balls with seven fours.
Duckett, returning from England Lions duty, also looked full of confidence and struck two perfect straight drives and took further boundaries with flourishing strokes through extra-cover off Palladino.
But it was Palladino who found the breakthrough to begin the collapse. Duckett dragged a cover drive into his stumps for 36 and Newton followed three overs later to the same bowler, trying to punch off the back foot and edging to wicketkeeper Daryn Smit. Palladino also removed Nathan Buck who dabbed at a ball just outside the off stump and got an edge into his stumps.
Before Buck’s wicket, McKerr - who removed Alex Wakely and Rob Keogh before lunch - returned to have Josh Cobb splendidly held in the gully by Hughes for a sixth-ball duck, driving far too loosely outside his off stump, and picked up a fourth wicket with Ben Sanderson also caught in the gully.
But the most galling dismissal of the innings was that of Chesney Hughes. Trying to pull a long hop from part-time off-spinner Wayne Madsen he got a miserable top-edge to extra-cover.
Rory Kleinveldt lifted two sixes over point and a third over midwicket - all to the short boundary - as Northants limped to a batting point. But a very poor innings was ended when Kleinveldt miscuing a pull that was taken by Smit to hand McKerr a first five-wicket haul.