Jack the lad for Northants
Jack Brooks took four wickets as Northamptonshire romped to an innings victory over Kent on the third day of their LV= County Championship Division Two match at Wantage Road.
Northamptonshire added 51 to their overnight total before being bowled out for 480, with captain Andrew Hall eventually departing for 146 off 297 balls and Simon Cook taking 3-72.
Brooks then ripped through the Kent top order on his way to 4-36 as Kent were skittled for 119 to go down by an innings and 159 runs.
Northamptonshire started the day on 429 for seven - 227 ahead - with Hall resuming on 141 and James Middlebrook 50.
However, Hall’s brilliant innings came to an end when he was superbly held by substitute fielder Ashley Shaw at midwicket off Robbie Joseph.
Lee Daggett made 14 before he was caught behind off Cook, who then located Brooks’ edge and James Tredwell made no mistake at slip.
That left Middlebrook unbeaten on 74 off 122 balls, an innings which included six fours and four sixes.
Trailing by 278, Kent’s second innings got off to a miserable start when Joe Denly edged Chaminda Vaas to wicketkeeper Niall O’Brien in the third over.
Captain Rob Key followed cheaply in the next over when he slashed Brooks recklessly to Hall at first slip, and the visitors were left floundering on 15 for three when Brooks clipped Sam Northeast’s off stump.
Amazingly, it was 25 for five at lunch with Brooks having Jones caught behind before Vaas uprooted Martin van Jaarsveld’s off stump.
Kent’s woes continued after the interval: Darren Stevens was trapped lbw first ball by Brooks and Daggett ended Alex Blake’s futile resistance when he fended to David Sales at second slip.
Stephen Peters took a superb one-handed catch at short mid-on to dismiss Matt Coles off Daggett, Middlebrook pinned Cook lbw and victory for Northamptonshire was secured when Tredwell, who made a battling 35, hit Alex Wakely straight to Middlebrook at point.