LV County Championship - Division Two
Derby - Day Four
Leicestershire 412 (J Allenby 96, J W A Taylor 89, T J New 66, I D Hunter 5-82) & 209-7 (T J New 63 no, J Allenby 52) v Derbyshire 365 (G T Park 72, D J Redfern 50, I E O'Brien 6-87) Derbyshire (11pts) drew with Leicestershire (12pts)
The prospect of an exciting finish to Derbyshire's County Championship match against Leicestershire was scuppered by heavy rain on the final day.
With Leicestershire 256 runs ahead at 209-7 in their second innings, both sides had a good chance of winning the Division Two contest.
Derbyshire would have fancied chasing up to 300 on a good pitch but, after three days of heatwave conditions, Friday instead brought storm clouds to the County Ground.
Although the rain eased shortly after midday, another downpour during the scheduled lunch interval put paid to the chances of any play.
Umpires Vanburn Holder and Nigel Cowley therefore had no option but to abandon the match at 1.30pm.
The draw means that Derbyshire - who took 11 points from this match to Leicestershire's 12 - remain unbeaten at home in the championship since September 2007.
Iain O'Brien's bowling has given Leicestershire the edge heading into the final day against Derbyshire.
The New Zealand seamer took 6-87 as Derbyshire were all out for 365 in their first innings, a deficit of 47.
And although the Foxes stumbled to 209-7 in their second innings, that represents a lead of 256 runs on a wearing pitch.
Leicestershire slipped to 92-5 before Jim Allenby (52) and Tom New (63no) struck half-centuries to leave the contest finely poised.
O'Brien had earlier recorded the best figures by a Leicestershire bowler this season as Derbyshire slipped from 188-2 to 365 all out.
Garry Park added just two to his overnight position of 70, while Daniel Redfern (50), Wavell Hinds (40) and Greg Smith (40) and James Pipe (49) all failed to build on promising starts.
Although 15 wickets tumbled on day three, 386 runs were also scored - and both teams will still fancy their victory chances.
Derbyshire's winter recruit Garry Park reached stumps unbeaten on 70 to prevent Leicestershire making significant inroads in their Division Two clash at the County Ground.
The former Durham schemer forged an unbroken 85-run stand with teenager Dan Redfearn to put the home side back on track after the Foxes had posted 412 in their first innings.
Resuming day two on 341-5, Leicestershire gloveman Tom New, who had a stint on loan at Derbyshire last season, scored 66 to propel the visitors towards maximum batting points.
James Taylor added only three to his overnight 86 before he tried to work Ian Hunter (5-82) off his legs and was lbw in the third over, and Hunter completed his five wicket haul when George Walker was trapped leg before shortly after.
Kiwi paceman Iain O'Brien (5) became Nantie Hayward's first Championship victim for Derbyshire, however New made sure Leicestershire reached 400 by farming the strike whilst batting with the tail.
In response, Derbyshire left-hand openers Chris Rogers and Steve Stubbings nullified the swinging conditions with a 60-run partnership before Harry Gurney ended the Australian's stay when he edged into the gloves of New three short of his fifty.
Stubbings (19 off 110) had dug in but had become almost strokeless and took 71 balls to reach double figures. He scored only 18 between lunch and tea and Derbyshire added just 75 runs in 34 overs against accurate seam and spin bowling.
Foxes all-rounder James Allenby found lavish swing and Walker got some turn with his slow left arm spin but it was Gurney who returned to finally end Stubbings' painful stay in the third over after tea.
From then on Park and Redfern took the attack to the bowlers and remain unbeaten on 70 and 36 respectively heading into day three.
James Allenby fell agonisingly short of his first Championship century for nearly three years as Leicestershire made 341-5 on day one at Derby.
The all-rounder reached 96 before getting himself run out - Garry Park producing a superb direct hit from backward point.
Despite the disappointment of missing out on a ton, Allenby had helped repair the Foxes' first innings after they had at one stage slumped to 116-4.
Boeta Dippenaar (39) and HD Ackerman (48) made useful contributions for the visitors but three wickets from Ian Hunter put them in trouble.
However, Allenby and and James Taylor, who was on 86 not out at the close, battled back against Derbyshire's bowlers, putting on a stand of 177 in 46 overs.
Tom New, who had a loan spell with Derbyshire last season, then made an unbeaten 24 in an unbroken sixth-wicket alliance worth 48.