|County Championship Division Two, Northampton (day two, close):|
|Northants 400 v Derbyshire 163-5|
|Northants 4pts, Derbyshire 2pts|
Division Two leaders Derbyshire will start day three needing 88 runs to avoid the follow-on after again being bettered by Northants at Wantage Road.
Resuming on 311-6, Northants piled up 400, James Middlebrook making 71, supported by David Willey (60no).
The visitors then slumped to 79-3 before a 76-run stand between Dan Redfern (70) and Wayne Madsen (37no).
But two late wickets left Derbyshire in peril on 163-5, as Northants chase a win to retain outside promotion hopes.
Earlier, paceman Tony Palladino (5-82) and spinner David Wainwright (3-99) proved to be Derbyshire's two best operators with the ball.