Derbyshire 118 for 4 (Hughes 74 *) trail Northamptonshire 255 (Zaib 57, Curran 51, Hughes 4-57) for 137 runs
Alex Hughes It was the main beneficiary of a rain-shortened day on Wantage Road as it headed to 74 no, moving Derbyshire to 118 by 4 responding to 255 from Northamptonshire.
With only 29 possible overs in the morning session, Hughes moved from his 38th overnight to a quarter fifty in consecutive County Championship games.
Under very gloomy skies with menacing rain, Hughes enjoyed a good run of luck with several plays and faults and an inner edge through the diaper that missed the stump of the leg.  But he took every opportunity to score and eliminate Ben Sanderson on the front and behind the point between his 10 limits and a six.
Northants hit twice in the session, with Tom Lace, for 38, and Gary Wilson, for only 3, skirting and leading Ben Curran in the point.