A WAG of the tail and afternoon rain frustrated Gloucestershire’s hopes of defeating Derbyshire and recording back-to-back LV= County Championship wins.
Resuming on 166 for six on the second morning, the home side battled gamely to see off the second new ball and give the hosts a sense of respectability.
A seventh wicket partnership between Scott Elstone and David Wainright added 70 runs to the total, giving Derbyshire the first of two batting bonus points and frustrating the visitors.
In just his second first class game, Elstone recorded his first 50, bringing up the landmark in the 11th over of the day.
His lengthy vigil was ended by a fine delivery from Will Gidman, who trapped him in front of his stumps for 64, made off 158 balls.
Tony Palladino fell soon afterwards trying an adventurous pull off the nagging seam of Benny Howell with Will Gidman taking an easy catch at fine leg.
Wainright was still batting well, however, and despite being dropped on 41 the former Yorkshire spinner brought up his 50 off 104 balls to give the hosts their second batting point on the cusp of lunch.
Rejuvenated after the interval, Gloucestershire finally polished off the home side’s resistance with Gidman bagging his fourth wicket via a catch from big brother Alex to dismiss Tim Groenewald for 17.
Mark Footit was then bowled by Howell, who claimed a fine return of four for 60 as Derbyshire were bowled out for 278, with Wainright unbeaten on 54.
Gloucestershire made a steady if unspectacular start to their reply, with captain Michael Klinger and opening partner Chris Dent prepared to see off the new ball.
In the eight overs possible before rain curtailed the entertainment for the day, the pair played out four maidens to finish on 21 without loss at the close.
Klinger, in desperate need of time in the middle hit two boundaries on his way to an unbeaten 12 with Dent on eight and Gloucestershire trailing by 257 runs on first innings.