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Duo help Derbyshire fight back

Half-centuries from Scott Elstone and David Wainwright helped Derbyshire fight back on a rain-affected second day against Gloucestershire.

Elstone made 63 and Wainwright 54 not out, the pair putting on 70 for the seventh wicket, as Derbyshire went from 166 for six overnight to post 278 at the County Ground.

With the rain again proving a disruption, Gloucestershire only managed to get to 21 without loss before play was called off for the day.

Derbyshire's hopes of a recovery lay largely with all-rounder Elstone at the start of the day as he resumed on 36.

After a first day dominated by the ball, Derbyshire needed a strong start and Elstone and Wainwright gave them exactly that.

Elstone, 23, brought up his first 50 in only his second first-class innings and moved on to 63 before he was trapped lbw by Will Gidman, bringing an end to a 158-ball knock.

His partnership with Wainwright had taken the score to 223 and Wainwright kept the score ticking on past the 250-mark.

Tim Groenewald chipped in with a useful 17 from 20 balls before becoming Gidman's fourth wicket of the innings, the all-rounder finishing with four for 50.

Rain prevented Gloucestershire's reply from getting off the ground, with openers Michael Klinger and Chris Dent on 12 and eight respectively at stumps.