Derbyshire v Worcestershire: Footitt checks Worcs total

Mark Footitt
Mark Footitt took his 150th first-class wicket for Derbyshire.
LV= County Championship Division Two, Derby
Close, day three: Derbyshire 356 & 145-2, Worcestershire 385
Derbyshire 7pts, Worcestershire 7pts
Match scorecard

Derbyshire's Mark Footitt claimed figures of 6-115 on day three of an even contest against Worcestershire.

Joe Leach (71), Shaaiq Choudhry (44) and Mitchell McClenaghan (27) all contributed as the visitors recovered from 221-6 to finish 385 all out.

Footitt, meanwhile, also passed 150 first-class wickets for Derbyshire.

A century stand between openers Ben Slater (65) and Billy Godleman (52) gave them a 116-run lead on 145-2 ahead of the final day's play.

The opening stand of 125 between Slater and Godleman was the third century partnership of the season for Derbyshire and set the hosts up well to build a lead.

However Worcestershire's position would have been much better had captain Daryl Mitchell not dropped Chesney Hughes and Wayne Madsen at slip before the close.

Meanwhile, India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara has been granted a visa and will arrive in time to make his Derbyshire debut in next week's game against Glamorgan.

"Because it's such a key signing for the club, we have worked hard to make it happen," chief executive Simon Storey told the club website.external-link

Derbyshire captain Wayne Madsen:

"We are still in a position where we can win the game.

"It would have been ideal if we had bowled them out earlier and had a lead, but they played well in the morning session to get past us.

"But we've set ourselves up for what could be a very interesting day tomorrow."

Worcestershire spinner Jack Leach:

"We probably started the day behind the eight ball and it's a shame we couldn't have held on to those catches late on.

"We can still push hard for the win but we need early wickets in the morning and, if not, we have to keep it as tight as we can so they don't get away from us."