McDonald goes large
Andrew McDonald smashed an enthralling century for Leicestershire on the first day of their LV= County Championship Division Two match against Northamptonshire at Wantage Road.
The visitors were teetering on 15 for three when Australia all-rounder McDonald came to the crease, but he hammered 164 off just 140 balls, a sensational innings which included 26 fours and two sixes.
Seamer Jack Brooks took 5-80 – the first five-wicket haul of his career – as Leicestershire were bowled out for 313 before Northants survived 12 overs to close on 32 without loss.
Leicestershire won the toss and chose to bat but lost Will Jefferson for a single in the fourth over when he was trapped lbw by Brooks, who wreaked havoc from the Lynn Wilson End.
Veteran Paul Nixon made three before chopping Brooks on to his leg stump and England Lion James Taylor edged to stand-in wicketkeeper David Murphy to give Brooks his third wicket, but McDonald led the recovery by racing to 50 off 51 balls.
Brooks struck again before lunch by forcing Matthew Boyce, on 26, to edge to Northants captain Andrew Hall at first slip.
McDonald went on to complete an explosive century off 98 balls with a four behind square-leg off Hall.
Wayne White had made 47 when he smashed James Middlebrook to Stephen Peters at midwicket to end a fifth-wicket stand of 118.
McDonald went to 150 off 130 balls with a straight six off Brooks as Northants piled on 174 runs in the afternoon session to reach tea on 264 for five.
But his breathtaking innings ended when he edged the first ball of the evening session, bowled by David Lucas, to Murphy.
Paul Dixey spent 16 balls over his duck – he was lbw attempting to sweep Middlebrook – and Jigar Naik slashed Lucas to Middlebrook at gully to fall for 27.
Captain Matthew Hoggard failed to score before he was caught by Murphy off Lucas, and Brooks ended the innings when Claude Henderson, who made 23, launched him to Alex Wakely at mid-on.
The Northants openers, Peters and Ben Howgego, batted through to the close and will resume tomorrow on 26 and six respectively.