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Northants in charge despite Sarwan fifty

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Ramnaresh Sarwan struck a half-century but Leicestershire remained in a perilous situation after the second day of their LV= County Championship Division Two match at Northamptonshire.

Northants added 99 runs to their overnight score before being bowled out for 399, with Stephen Peters eventually out for 148 and Wayne White taking 4-94.

After Leicestershire collapsed to 108 for five just before tea, former West Indies international Sarwan hit 59 off 127 deliveries, but the visitors were still 212 runs behind their opponents when they closed on 187 for six.

Northants began the day on 300 for five, with Peters resuming on 137 and James Middlebrook beginning his innings.

Peters soon departed when Nathan Buck’s searing delivery took out his off stump in the sixth over of the day.

Ramnaresh Sarwan

Ramnaresh Sarwan's determined half-century failed to prevent Northamptonshire from taking control on day two at Wantage Road

Buck struck again in his next over when another terrific ball crashed into Middlebrook's stumps to dismiss him for 20.

White was brought into the attack in the 102nd over and, with his first ball, he forced David Willey to edge to Michael Thornely at first slip.

He then had his fourth wicket in his next over when Olly Stone was bowled after leaving a straight delivery.

The Northants innings was brought to an end when wicketkeeper David Murphy, after plundering 31, launched Claude Henderson to Leicestershire captain Josh Cobb at mid-off.

After surviving nine overs before lunch, Leicestershire lost Thornely for 22 early in the afternoon when he was trapped lbw by Stone.

His fellow opener Will Jones moved on to 37 before his off stump was sent tumbling by Northants captain Andrew Hall, who was able to celebrate his 550th first-class wicket.

Leicestershire wicketkeeper Ned Eckersley went cheaply for 27 when his huge swipe at Middlebrook produced nothing but an air-shot and the ball rattled into the stumps.

Matthew Boyce was then pinned lbw by Willey for an 11-ball duck, and the same bowler had Cobb caught behind.

Sarwan completed a typically composed half-century off 111 balls with a four over cover off Willey.

Yet he was dismissed in farcical fashion as he and Shiv Thakor aborted running a quick single off Stone too late to stop Alex Wakely running in from short extra-cover to take off the bails at the striker’s end.

Thakor and White then survived the last five overs of the day and will resume on 30 and four respectively.

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