A counter-attacking half-century from Tony Palladino and a four-wicket haul from Mitchell Marsh were the highlights of the final day's play as the tour game between Australia and Derbyshire culminated in a tame draw in Derby.
Australia managed to pick up a couple of wickets against Derbyshire for the cost of 81 runs before heavy rain lashed down at the County Ground, ruling out any further play on day two of their tour game.
The top flight woes of Northamptonshire and to a lesser extent the troubles of Derbyshire last year has ignited a debate surrounding the perceived gulf in quality between the two divisions of the County Championship.
The LV= County Championship Division Two match between Leicestershire and Derbyshire has been postponed for two days after Derbyshire player Tom Poynton was involved in a car crash in which his father died.
Derbyshire CCC have made several additions to their new coaching structure following the recent appointment of Graeme Welch from Warwickshire to lead the Elite Performance structure as Elite Cricket Performance Director.
Graeme Welch has, as expected, been appointed as the new Elite Cricket Performance Director at Derbyshire. As a result, Worcestershire seamer Alan Richardson has been tempted into retirement to fill the vacant position at Edgbaston.