Leicestershire crumble to Northants

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Jack Brooks took 5-23 as Northamptonshire extended their lead at the top of LV= County Championship Division Two at Grace Road

David Lucas and Jack Brooks each took five wickets as Division Two leaders Northamptonshire hammered Leicestershire by an innings and 155 runs in their LV= County Championship match at Grace Road.

Bottom-of-the-table Leicestershire lost their last eight wickets for 15 runs in 64 balls as they were bowled out for a meagre 48 in 25.1 overs, an hour before lunch on the third day.

The only player to reach double figures was Matthew Boyce, who made 12. Lucas finished with 5-20 for match figures of 9-75, while Brooks claimed 5-23.

The two seamers each had a wicket to their name overnight with Leicestershire starting the day at 27 for two, still 176 runs behind.

But Matthew Hoggard's men were then blown away in just over an hour and 15.1 overs. Boyce and Greg Smith survived the first four overs of the morning but, in the fifth, Smith carved a catch to point off Lucas, and the astonishing collapse began.

Smith's departure left Leicestershire 33 for three. With both Lucas and Brooks swinging the ball in helpful conditions, the home side had no answer and the innings became a procession of batsmen walking in and then out.

England hopeful James Taylor made a duck, bowled by the late inswing of left-armer Lucas, who also trapped Andrew McDonald lbw with a similar delivery.

Brooks accounted for Boyce, taking a return catch off a top edge, and the tailenders offered no resistance, with captain last man out when he was caught at gully off Brooks.

It was the lowest total of the county season - surpassing Somerset's 50, made against Warwickshire at Taunton in April - but not Leicestershire's lowest championship score against Northamptonshire in a championship match. They managed just 43 at Peterborough in 1968.

The victory earned top-of-the table Northamptonshire 22 points to continue their push for promotion, while Leicestershire collected only two points.

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