An early batting collapse put an end to Worcestershire’s hopes of an easy win as Derbyshire battled back on day two of their County Championship encounter.

The Pears were in a promising position at the start of the day but found themselves all out with barely an hour played.

Worcestershire came into day two already leading by 11 runs and just five wickets down, 141/5.

A debut half-century for Kashif Ali and 48 from Jack Haynes on the opening day put the hosts in a commanding position following an impressive bowling performance which saw Derbyshire all out for 130.

Ed Barnard and Gareth Roderick got proceedings underway on Tuesday, the latter managing just 15 balls without a run before edging the ball through to Derbyshire wicketkeeper Brooke Guest.

Things went from bad to worse for Worcestershire when Joe Leach was trapped lbw just three deliveries later, the pair of ducks leaving the hosts 148/7.

The wickets continued to fall in the early stages, Josh Baker bowled for just two runs by Ben Aitchison, 154/8.

Barnard had been standing firm at the other end, managing 39 runs before being caught behind, a sixth catch for the Derbyshire wicketkeeper.

Pakistan international Mohammad Hasnain made a brief appearance before being caught at first slip to bring an end to Worcestershire’s innings, all out for 185 from 45.1 overs with a lead of 55 runs.

The visitors' second innings started arguably more promising than their first, with openers Luis Reece and Harry Came holding out for six overs before Leach found the breakthrough, pinning Reece LBW for five.

The next wicket came following the lunch break, Leach getting his second of the day when he bowled Guest for 17 off 18, Derbyshire 53/2.

Dillon Pennington took the new ball with 22.2 overs played and was able to strike with the very first delivery, opener Came caught lbw for 39 off 89.

Pennington doubled up soon after, bowling Leus du Ploy who managed just six runs off eight deliveries.

With 28 overs played it was time for spin and Baker provided, claiming the wicket of Hilton Cartwright with his first delivery of the innings.

As the afternoon moved on there was finally some consistency at the crease, with Wayne Madsen and Anuj Dal combining to take Derbyshire’s lead to over 100 with the former reaching his half-century shortly after tea.

After extending the visitors' lead to 111 Madsen was struck on the pads by Barnard, caught lbw for 69 off 114.

At the time of writing Derbyshire are 166/6 with a minimum of 27 overs remaining.