LV= County Championship: Leaders Northants close out the win

Last updated: 27th April 2013  

Steven Crook Northants 2013

Steven Crook: took seven wickets in the match

david sales Northants 2013

David Sales: unbeaten 29 saw Northants home

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Northamptonshire strengthened their position at the top of Division Two with a seven-wicket victory over Gloucestershire at Bristol.

The hosts began the final day on 280-9 in their second innings, leading by only 68, and added 19 runs in 25 minutes before being bowled out for 299, Jack Taylor last man out for 48.

Taylor's resistance ended when he got a bottom edge on to his stumps to give Steven Crook his fourth wicket of the innings, seventh of the match and 18th of the season.

Crook finished with 4-48 off 26.1 overs, while fellow seamer Andrew Hall returned three for 69 from 21 overs.

That left Northamptonshire requiring 88 to win and, despite some spirited Gloucestershire bowling, which accounted for Kyle Coetzer, Stephen Peters and Alex Wakely, they reached 90-3 off 22.3 overs just before lunch.

David Sales and Rob Newton saw Northants safely to their modest target, Sales ending unbeaten on 29.

The visitors took a maximum 24 points from the game, while Gloucestershire had to be content with three.

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