Derbyshire hit by Leicestershire's Will Jefferson

LV County Championship Division Two, Grace Road
Close of play, day two: Derbyshire 305, Leicestershire 201-2
Leics 4pts, Derbys 3pts
Match scorecard
Will Jefferson and Tom New
Jefferson (left) and Tom New shared an opening stand of 141 for Leicestershire

Opener Will Jefferson hit an unbeaten century as Leicestershire moved towards a first innings lead over Derbyshire on day two at Derby.

After resuming on 238-5, Derbyshire lost their last five wickets for 35 to be bowled out for 305.

Jefferson and Tom New (52) then shared an opening stand of 141 for the hosts.

New and Paul Nixon fell in quick succession, but Jefferson remained 117 not out at the close, to leave Leicestershire on 201-2, 104 behind.

Although Jefferson took the day's honours, four-wicket hauls from Matthew Hoggard and Claude Henderson ensured that Derbyshire were not able to build on the steady progress they made on the first day.

Jefferson did have a scare shortly after passing 50 when on-loan spinner Azeem Rafiq claimed a tumbling return catch, but the umpires decided there was too much doubt over whether the ball had carried.

New also had some luck, being dropped at slip by Usman Khawaja off Greg Smith when on 30, as well as seeing other edges fly to the boundary.

But Leicestershire capitalised on their fortune, and will be looking to build a healthy first innings advantage on day three.

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