Smith shines for Leicestershire

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Greg Smith (Leicestershire)

Greg Smith struck his second successive hundred to give Leicestershire hope of ending their campaign on a high note

Leicestershire batsman Greg Smith struck his second century in as many LV= County Championship innings on day two against Northamptonshire at Wantage Road.

The 21-year-old, well supported by James Taylor’s 32 not out, hit 100 not out from 161 balls, including 16 fours, to lead the visitors to 159 for two.

His efforts were preceded by a brilliant performance from skipper Matthew Hoggard, who claimed a third five-wicket haul of the season to bowl Northants out for 250.

Northants started the day on 186 for six, with David Murphy and David Lucas resuming on five and three respectively.

But Murphy was unable to add to his overnight score before he was pinned lbw by Hoggard with the fifth ball of the morning.

Hoggard completed his haul by bowling Jack Brooks as Leicestershire looked to quickly mop up the tail.

But Lucas and Lee Daggett frustrated their attack by adding 46 for the ninth wicket, the former making a respectable 31 before being trapped lbw by Jigar Naik.

Two balls later Naik ended the innings by removing debutant David Burton lbw for a second-ball duck, leaving Daggett unbeaten on 22.

Leicestershire lost Matthew Boyce cheaply to the final ball before lunch when he struck Lucas tamely to Burton at mid-on.

They suffered another soft dismissal in the ninth over after the interval when Jacques Du Toit was caught and bowled by James Middlebrook.

But Smith, who smashed 158 not out in the second innings against Gloucestershire last week, went on to reach his half-century off 65 balls with his ninth four.

He and fellow youngster Taylor made the Northants bowlers toil for the rest of the session, comfortably guiding Leicestershire to 145 for two at tea.

Rain began to fall during the interval, meaning a delay to the start of the evening session and the loss of two overs.

In the second over after play restarted, Smith reached his century off 145 balls, and he and Taylor completed the hundred partnership before rain intervened again.

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