Seconds face uphill struggle at Derby

Northamptonshire will need a strong batting performance on the final day of their Second XI friendly against Derbyshire at Derby after being set a distant-looking 417 for victory.

The home side - who resumed on 50 without loss in their second innings - eventually declared on 407-4, thanks to a fourth-wicket stand of 293 between Ben Slater (153no) and Peter Burgoyne (150).

Trialist Usman Arif followed his four wickets on the opening day with 3-78 while Gavin Baker claimed the other wicket to fall.

First-innings century-maker James Kettleborough then departed for 25 before the close as the County closed on 44-1 - still needing a further 373 to win on Thursday.

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