County Championship Division Two: Palladino secures fife-for on day play is at a premium due to adverse weather

On a day where rain disrupted proceedings in Leicester and Chelmsford, Worcestershire's Moeen Ali scored 74 in his first innings of the summer

County Championship Division Two: Palladino secures fife-for on day play is at a premium due to adverse weather
Tony Palladino celebrates getting a wicket for Derbyshire (image via: PA)

Rain and even sleet fell on Monday, as day two of the third round of County Championship fixtures in Division Two saw plenty of suspensions in play. 

Just ten overs were possible in Chelmsford, where Essex moved onto 351/3 in their match against Northamptonshire, whilst less than seven overs were bowled in Leicester, where Kent progressed to 233/8 in their clash with Leicestershire

Elsehwere, 47 overs took place in Derby, where Glamorgan were bowled out for 377, whilst Bristol saw a full-day's play allowing Worcestershire to bowl out Gloucestershire for 380, before moving on to 297/5 in their reply. 

Moeen makes 74 for Worcester, but Clarke steals show with excellent ton

In his first county match of the Summer, Moeen Ali looked in good touch, making 74 against Gloucestershire, striking 15 boundaries in the process. 

Batting at his prefered position of three, Ali shared a partnership of 120 with Brett D'Oliveira (40) as Worcester replied to their hosts score of 380, where Hamish Marshall had top-scored with 135. 

Hamish Marshall celebrates going to three-figures (image via: Getty)

The wicket of Ali caused a collapse in the Worcestershire batting line-up as they fell from 120-1 to 162-5, before a superb century with highly-touted youngster Joe Clarke saw them close day three on 297/5, 83 runs behind the home side. 

Palladino secures five wickets as Derby dismiss Glamorgan for 377

After being handed 12th man duties last week, Tony Palladino made an excellent return to the Derbyshire starting XI, returning figures of 5-83 to help bowl Glamorgan out for 377. 

Palladino secured the wickets of Graeme Wagg and Michael Hogan early on day two to complete his five-wicket haul, before a last-wicket partnership of 63 between Andrew Salter (25*) and Timm van der Gugten (36) frustrated the hosts. 

In reply, Derbyshire batted for 27 overs before rain and sleet bought an end to the day, reaching 98-2, with Ben Slater 41 not out and Hogan having bagged a pair of wickets for the Welsh county. 

Rain frustrates sides in Chelmsford and Leicester

Even though just ten overs were possible at the County Ground in Chelmsford, Dan Lawrence managed to join the other four members of the top-five in reaching a half-century.

After Nick Browne (60), Alastair Cook (65) and Tom Westley (64) had all passed 50 and got out on day one, Lawrence (51*) and Ravi Bopara (66*) are currently sharing in an unbeaten fourth-wicket stand of 104 against Northamptonshire, with Essex 351-3. 

Over in Leicester, just 6.3 overs were possible, as Kent moved onto 233/8 from their overnight score of 227/7. Matt Coles was dismissed by Clint McKay for one on the fifth ball of the day, as Kent continued to struggle outside of Daniel Bell-Drummond's 124.