Derbyshire v Middlesex: Higginbottom on form for hosts

LV CC Division One, Derby

Close, day two: Derbyshire 385, Middlesex 197-6

Derbyshire 6 pts, Middlesex 3 pts

Match scorecard

Matt Higginbottom took three wickets for Derbyshire to leave Middlesex still needing 39 runs to avoid the follow-on.

Resuming on 279-6, Derbyshire were all out for 385 with Wayne Madsen (138 not out) adding 33 to his overnight score and Tim Groenewald contributing 49.

The visitors appeared set on 128-3 but lost a clatter of wickets, including Adam Voges for 69, to close on 197-6.

Higginbottom (3-51), playing in his fifth first-class match, was the stand-out bowler for the hosts.

VIEW FROM THE COMMENTARY BOX

BBC Radio Derby's Dave Jepson:

"This was Derbyshire's day as first they added 106 runs in the morning session and then reduced Middlesex to 197-6.

"Wickets fell at regular intervals as tight Derbyshire bowling meant the run rate never reached three an over.

"Derbyshire will hope to wrap up the Middlesex innings early tomorrow morning and have the opportunity of enforcing the follow-on, although they may prefer to try to bat Middlesex out of the game and press for victory on the final day."