Stephen Moore struck an unbeaten century to frustrate Hampshire on day two of their County Championship division two clash with Derbyshire.
The opening batsman finished on 106 not out as the home side reached 203 for two at stumps at the County Ground.
Derbyshire will resume this morning 125 runs adrift of Hampshire, who were bowled out for 328.
The visitors began the day on 231 for five but lost nightwatchman Kyle Abbott for a duck in the first over of the day.
They recovered thanks largely to a half century from Joe Gatting (67) but not before Sean Ervine (six) fell cheaply as Derbyshire continued to attack.
Gatting, who began the day on 25, passed the 50 mark and continued to cause problems before he was sent packing – caught by Chesney Hughes off the bowling of Wes Durston.
Footitt trapped Matt Coles leg before wicket for nine before Moore caught Michael Bates, who managed to push Hampshire up to 328 with a useful 32.
In reply, James Tomlinson trapped Billy Godleman (one) in front to leave Derbyshire four for one.
But Moore began to pile on the runs, reaching his ton off 178 balls in 227 minutes with 14 fours and one six.
Wayne Madsen shared a 106-run second-wicket partnership with Moore before he was stumped for 36 by Bates.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul then helped Moore to the close with an unbeaten 35, leaving Derbyshire in a strong position.