Peters makes it back-to-back hundreds

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Stephen Peters struck a century for the second game running as Northamptonshire's batsmen dominated the first day of their LV= County Championship Division Two match against Leicestershire at Wantage Road.

Peters, who hit a ton against Yorkshire last week, produced an excellent knock of 137 not out as Northants closed on 300 for five with Ireland wicketkeeper Niall O'Brien making 70.

After failing to take a wicket before lunch despite winning the toss, Leicestershire hit back in the afternoon with Wayne White and Shiv Thakor claiming two victims each. But the hosts regained control after tea.

Leicestershire’s bowlers were initially unable to make an impact as openers Peters and O'Brien piled on 126.

O'Brien comfortably completed a half-century before Northants reached lunch sitting pretty on 95 without loss.

Stephen Peters

Stephen Peters advances towards an unbeaten 137, his second ton in as many games, as Northants dominated the opening day

The visitors finally made a breakthrough in the 38th over when White forced O'Brien to edge to wicketkeeper Ned Eckersley.

Two balls later, White struck again when David Sales was well taken at second slip by Michael Thornely in a double-wicket maiden.

Peters hung around to patiently reach his fifty as he looked to follow up his first hundred in a year.

Alex Wakely edged 18-year-old all-rounder Thakor to Thornely, who this time was standing at first slip.

Rob Newton did not last long either as he was trapped lbw in Thakor’s next over, the 49th, as four wickets fell for 35 runs.

Thornely should have claimed his third catch in the final over before tea but he dropped Northants captain Andrew Hall, on 12, at slip off spinner Claude Henderson.

In the evening session Peters completed his 29th first-class century with a four through backward point off Henderson.

Hall made the visitors pay for giving him a second chance as he reached a half-century, with his partnership alongside Peters in three figures.

Leicestershire took the second new ball as soon as it became available to them and they finally got their reward with their last ball of the day.

Hall, who had moved on to 59, played a loose shot off Nathan Buck to give Eckersley an easy catch and break a fifth-wicket stand of 139.

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