Daggett finishes off Gloucs

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Lee Daggett

Northamptonshire seamer Lee Daggett ripped out Gloucestershire's last two wickets this morning to seal an innings win that sent his side to the summit

Northamptonshire needed just half an hour to wrap up victory by an innings and six runs over Gloucestershire at Bristol and go top of LV= County Championship Division Two.

The home side went into the final day on 248 for eight, needing 21 to make Northants bat again.

However, Lee Daggett cleaned up David Payne and last man Craig Miles as Gloucestershure were bowled out for 263, with Will Gidman unbeaten on 81 from 111 balls with 11 fours.

It was rough on Gidman, who might have achieved the distinction of scoring his first two first-class centuries in the same match, having finished 116 not out in the first innings.

Northants took 24 points from the game to Gloucestershire's four and overtake Middlesex, who have a game in hand, at the top of the table.

Daggett finished with 3-42 from 18.2 overs and Jack Brooks 3-43 from 17.

Gidman must have hoped for more support as he resumed on 76, but Payne edged Daggett to Andrew Hall at first slip attempting to drive in only the second over of the day. It was Hall's fourth slip catch of the innings and fifth of the match.

Sixteen-year-old Miles played and missed at his first ball, and had made just five before having his middle stump knocked out of the ground by Daggett.

It was an emphatic end to a game Northants dominated once they recovered from 125 for five to make 557 for nine declared.

Gloucestershire's top order collapsed to 31 for five in the first innings and 73 for six in the second and, but for Gidman's efforts, it would have been an even more embarrassing defeat.

While the left-hander made 197 runs in the match without being dismissed, his team-mates managed only 272 between them.

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