Northants in pole position

Lucas stars as Foxes are demolished

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Northants in pole position

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LV County Championship - Division Two
Northampton - Day Three
Northamptonshire 600-8 dec (R A White 193, A J Hall 159, N Boje 90 no, M H Wessels 65) v Leicestershire 218 (P A Nixon 52, A J Hall 4-41) & 186 (J G E Benning 72, D S Lucas 7-45)
Northamptonshire won by an innings and 196 runs

Northamptonshire put themselves in prime position to gain promotion to LV County Championship Division One after a dominant win against Leicestershire.

Left-arm seamer David Lucas ripped through the visitors' batting line-up in the second innings, eventually finishing with figures of 7-45 as the Foxes were easily defeated.

Northants now will have to wait and see if Essex gain the 19 points they require for promotion at Derbyshire.

On the third morning, Lucas immediately removed the experienced Paul Nixon (8), who edged an attempted drive and was caught behind by Niall O'Brien.

Lucas then trapped Greg Smith (9) leg before during the next over and wicketkeeper Tom New was bowled for a duck shortly afterwards.

The Foxes slipped to 44-5 when young batsman Josh Cobb was yorked for one but James Benning's quick-fire 72 provided some much needed resistance.

But Benning only delayed the inevitable before chipping Nicky Boje to Lucas at deep mid-off as Northamptonshire put the final nail in the coffin.

The match ended with Johan van der Wath's 50th first-class wicket of the season when Harry Gurney was bowled out by the South African.

Day two

Andrew Hall led Northamptonshire's promotion charge as Leicestershire were forced to follow-on at Wantage Road.

After finally declaring their first innings on 600-8, the hosts then rolled over their opponents for 218. Asked to bat again, the Foxes slipped to 30-2 second time around, left-arm seamer David Lucas claiming both wickets.

The visitors find themselves still 352 runs behind with two days to go, leaving Northamptonshire on course for a resounding victory that could see them leapfrog Essex and finish in second place in the final Division Two table.

South African all-rounder Hall picked up 4-41 in just 9.4 overs during Leicestershire's first innings having managed 159 with the bat.

Paul Nixon offered the only real resistance for Leicestershire, the evergreen wicketkeeper making 52 in his new opening role.

Tom New was left high and dry on 46 not out as his side subsided from 51 without loss, Nicky Boje chipping in with two wickets having earlier belted an unbeaten 90 before deciding to declare with a century in his sights.

Day one

Rob White's 193 powered Northamptonshire to 465-6 on the opening day of their must-win Division Two clash with Leicestershire at Wantage Road.

White and Andrew Hall shared a sixth-wicket stand of 268 to complete the home side's recovery from the depths of 44-4 after they had been asked to bat.

Medium pacer James Benning (2-53) claimed two of the wickets as the Foxes made early inroads into Northants' top-order but number six White repaired the damage, initially in the company of Riki Wessels (65) and then alongside Hall.

White struck 27 fours and four sixes during his explosive 226-ball innings before falling to AJ Harris (2-106) in the evening session.

Hall remained unbeaten on 138, his first century since April, and will resume alongside Nicky Boje (14no) on the second morning with all five batting bonus points already secured.

A Northamptonshire victory would see them promoted should second-placed Essex fail to win away at Derbyshire.

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