Seconds shade honours at Derby

Northamptonshire's bowlers turned in a solid performance on the opening day of their four-day Second XI friendly against Derbyshire at Derby.

Trialist Usman Arif - a 24-year-old seamer who played occasionally last season - led the way with 4-39 as the hosts were dismissed for 269 after winning the toss.

Rob Keogh (2-30) was also on target while Luke Evans, Gavin Baker, Vicram Sohal and Joe Dawborn snapped up a wicket apiece.  Dawborn, the young Peterborough Town paceman, returned impressive figures of 1-19 from 12 overs with five maidens.

Scott Ellstone (82) and Peter Burgoyne (72) provided the bulk of Derbyshire's runs.

Josh Tolley then departed before the close but Northamptonshire ended the day of 42-1 with James Kettleborough (17no) and nightwatchman Baker (8no) at the crease.

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