Five-star Willey sees off Hampshire
Seamer David Willey took five wickets as Northamptonshire claimed their first LV= County Championship win of the season by beating Hampshire.
Northants added 56 to their overnight total this morning before they declared on 232-9 to give Hampshire a winning target of 297 from 71 overs.
It was a target they fell considerably short of as Willey took an outstanding 5-39 to help dismiss them for 179 despite Michael Carberry’s bright 61 off 88 balls.
Northants started the day on 176 for five, 240 runs ahead, with their captain Andrew Hall resuming on 29 and Ireland wicketkeeper Niall O’Brien on three.
Hall moved on to 41 before he was caught at second slip by Liam Dawson in the fifth over of the day off Chris Wood.
James Middlebrook was run out for two after he and O’Brien hesitated in running a second off Dawson, giving Wood time to launch the ball from fine leg to the bowler, who whipped off the bails.
Willey also made just a couple before he left a straight delivery by Wood and his off stump was sent tumbling.
Lee Daggett then edged David Balcombe to wicketkeeper Michael Bates before Northants declared after 80 overs leaving O’Brien unbeaten on 27 and Jack Brooks on three.
Dawson played Willey’s delivery on to his stumps in just the second over before the left-armer struck again when Sean Terry, who made 19, slashed him to David Sales at second slip
After a brief rain delay, Daggett accounted for Australian Simon Katich when the stand-in skipper was caught behind by O’Brien for 31.
James Vince then lasted just two balls before he returned to the pavilion when he edged Daggett to Hall at first slip.
Former Zimbabwe international Sean Ervine fell cheaply by clipping Daggett to Middlebrook at gully to give the bowler his third wicket in 12 balls.
Carberry then completed his half-century off 81 deliveries but Hampshire’s hopes effectively died when he was trapped lbw by Willey with the last ball before tea.
Bates was the next to depart as he chopped Brooks on to his stumps after he made 20 before Willey bowled Hamza Riazuddin for a single.
Willey then completed the third five-wicket haul of his career when Wood edged him to O’Brien and the 117-run success was wrapped up as Balcombe launched Brooks to Daggett at midwicket.