LV= County Championship: Andre Hall's ton crucial for Northamptonshire
Andrew Hall's knock of 113 helped Northamptonshire reach 355 before Leicestershire closed day two on 89-1.
Last Updated: 17/05/13 4:18pm
South African Hall hit 113 off 235 balls to make sure the hosts - who had reached 91-4 by the end of a rain-hit opening day to the Division Two fixture - claimed four batting bonus points.
Rob Newton played his part in a fifth-wicket stand worth 143, contributing 81 from 150 deliveries before he was well taken at slip by Leicestershire captain Ramnaresh Sarwan off Jigar Naik.
Naik also dismissed Rob Keogh for eight while first-class debutant Ben Duckett departed for five when he edged Ollie Freckingham to West Indian Sarwan.
But Hall went on to complete his 13th first-class ton. It was also his first since May 2011 when he reached three figures against Kent at Canterbury.
His innings eventually came to an end when he was bowled by the impressive Freckingham, who then sealed the first five-wicket haul of his professional career when Steven Crook (four) was taken by Naik at gully.
David Willey blasted a career-best 77 from 76 deliveries before he was the final wicket to fall, Freckingham getting him caught as he ended with figures of 6-125.
Niall O'Brien was given a reprieve on eight when he was dropped by wicketkeeper Duckett off the bowling of Trent Copeland, though the Australian paceman did get his man 21 runs later after a short rain break.
Greg Smith and Ned Eckersley then saw out the remaining seven overs and will resume on 36 and 16 respectively on Friday morning.