Peters ton leads Northants fightback

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Northamptonshire opener Stephen Peters makes inroads into Essex's 433 en route to 105 in a total of 256 for four

Northamptonshire opener Stephen Peters struck a century against his old club as his side fought back on the second day of their LV= County Championship Division Two clash with Essex at Wantage Road.

Peters' 105 from 167 balls, included 14 fours, as Northants reached 256 for four at the close. Seventeen-year-old Reece Topley continues to impress and he claimed 2-48 today.

Former Sri Lanka seamer Chaminda Vaas earlier took 5-73 as Essex were bowled out for 433, with their captain and wicketkeeper James Foster making 64.

Essex started the day on 345 for six but Mark Pettini dragged Vaas onto his leg-stump after making 18.

Vaas then completed the 29th five-wicket haul of his first-class career when he forced Tim Phillips to edge to wicketkeeper Niall O’Brien and depart for a nine-ball duck.

Foster went on to complete his half-century from 79 balls when he smashed Jack Brooks for a straight six.

Essex debutant Lonwabo Tsotsobe made just five before he was bowled by James Middlebrook before Foster launched the same bowler to Rob White at long-on to end the innings.

Mal Loye scored just four in reply before presenting Tsotsobe, who bowled 11 no-balls during the day, with his first Essex wicket when the opener lofted to Topley at fine-leg.

Peters, who had previously struggled for form this season, led the assault early on and he battered his way to a half-century from just 64 balls.

He and Rob White were untroubled for the rest of the session as they added over 100 between them by tea, with their side well-placed on 151 for one.

But White, who plundered 36, then walked when he was trapped lbw by Topley with the second delivery of the evening to end a second-wicket partnership of 114.

Peters, however, went on to complete his 25th first-class ton from 163 balls with a four edged through fine-leg off Topley in the 46th over.

But he was to depart tamely later in that over when he smashed Topley to David Masters, who took a good catch at mid-on.

Ravi Bopara then claimed his first victim when David Sales nudged to Alastair Cook at slip for 13.

Alex Wakely reached his half-century from 100 balls in the penultimate over and he will resume tomorrow on 54, with his captain Andrew Hall on six.

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