Wood and Ervine hamper Northants
Chris Wood and Sean Ervine capitalised on bowler-friendly conditions with seven wickets between them on the first day of Hampshire’s LV= County Championship Division two match against Northamptonshire at Wantage Road.
Northants lost their last five wickets for just 21 runs as they collapsed to 218 all out, opener Stephen Peters top-scoring with 44.
Youngster Wood returned figures of 4-52 and fellow seamer Ervine 3-32 before Hampshire stuttered to close on 42 for three, 176 runs behind.
The visitors chose to field and gave Peters a reprieve in the sixth over when he was dropped on nine by Ervine at third slip off David Balcombe.
But Balcombe was to get his reward when Rob Newton, who had plundered 39, edged to Liam Dawson at second slip, breaking an opening partnership of 68.
Peters perished to the last ball before lunch when he was just about snared after an initial fumble by Hampshire's stand-in captain, Australian Simon Katich, at first slip off David Griffiths.
David Sales went for 10 in the sixth over of the afternoon when Ervine managed to hold on at third slip after he nudged a Griffiths delivery to him.
Alex Wakely made 27 before his off stump was taken out by Wood.
Northamptonshire captain Andrew Hall then departed in the fourth over before tea when he was well taken by Dawson at second slip to give Ervine his first wicket.
Scotland international Kyle Coetzer crawled to 41 from 137 balls until he played Wood on to his stumps in the sixth over of the evening.
A superb delivery from Ervine that clipped off stump then accounted for Ireland wicketkeeper Niall O’Brien.
James Middlebrook made just a single before he was bowled by Wood and David Willey hooked the same bowler to Sean Terry, who took a good catch at midwicket.
Northamptonshire’s innings was then brought to an end as Jack Brooks went for a four-ball duck by edging Ervine to Dawson at second slip.
Hall brought himself on in the 13th over of Hampshire’s reply and his second ball clattered into the off stump of Terry before he also bowled Hamza Riazuddin three deliveries later.
Michael Carberry then fell in the penultimate over of the day when he fended Brooks to Middlebrook at gully as the hosts fought back.