Haseeb Hameed and Ben Duckett both hit fifties as Nottinghamshire drove home their advantage on Day Two of the LV= Insurance County Championship clash with Derbyshire at Trent Bridge.

Hameed made 57 and Duckett closed unbeaten on 69 as the Green and Golds reached 256 for seven at stumps, taking a lead of 107 into the third day.

Earlier, from 91 for five overnight, Derbyshire subsided to 149 all out in the morning session as Luke Fletcher snared three for 36.

Derbyshire’s last five wickets fell for 32 after the partnership between Fynn Hudson-Prentice and Leus du Plooy that began on Sunday was ended just inside the first hour when the former drove Dane Paterson straight to cover.

With five fours, Hudson-Prentice had been the only Derbyshire batsman to hint at assertiveness against a sharp Notts attack that delivered 36 maidens.

Du Plooy, having faced 146 balls for his 30, fell without addition to the total when he was drawn into chasing a wide delivery from Fletcher.

Paterson removed Alex Thomson leg before, Michael Cohen - dropped on nought - drove at Hutton and was caught behind, and Ben Aitchison found the fielder on the square-leg boundary.

Two wickets in two balls from Hudson-Prentice had Nottinghamshire 25 for two as Ben Slater miscued to mid-on and Ben Compton edged to third slip.

However, Hameed and Steven Mullaney fashioned a measured recovery to 94 for two at tea with six fours apiece, as Hameed drove handsomely through the off side and Mullaney profited mainly from cuts and pulls.

Hudson-Prentice removed both soon after tea, as Mullaney was caught at first slip after a stand of 78 and Hameed, shortly after passing fifty for the fifth time this season, tickled a thin edge through to Harvey Hosein.

Duckett helped Lyndon James add a rapid 61 in 13 overs to give Nottinghamshire the lead, but one wicket again brought another.

James flashed at one from Cohen to be caught at second slip before Aitchison juggled and then held a chance at first slip as Liam Patterson-White departed in a double-wicket maiden for the left-arm quick.

Joey Evison (19) was caught behind as Aitchison claimed Derbyshire’s seventh wicket, but Duckett timed the ball nicely and his 10 boundaries enabled Nottinghamshire to claim a second batting bonus point prior to the close. 


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