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Peters ton gives Northants innings lead

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Northamptonshire opening batsman Stephen Peters scored his first century in a year but more rain disrupted the third day of the hosts’ LV= County Championship Division Two match against Yorkshire at Wantage Road.

Peters struck a superb 107 off 227 balls, including 12 fours, and David Willey smashed a career-best 76 off just 91 deliveries as Northants were bowled out for 352.

The visitors had forced their way back into contention with all-rounder Adil Rashid taking 5-105 before they closed on five without loss.

Stephen Peters

Opening batsman Stephen Peters completed his first century in a year to put Northamptonshire in charge against Yorkshire at Wantage Road

With tomorrow's forecast looking bleak, a result now looks unlikely, meaning that Yorkshire will surely remain unbeaten in this season's championship. But this would be their 10th draw in 12 games.

Northants began the day on 175 for three, 74 runs behind their opponents, with Peters resuming on 74 and Rob Newton on 40.

Newton, however, added just three runs to his overnight total before he edged Moin Ashraf to Gary Ballance at first slip in the fifth over of the day.

Ashraf was then on a hat-trick when he trapped Northants captain Andrew Hall lbw, but he could not quite complete it as he missed James Middlebrook ‘s off stump with a yorker.

Rashid trapped Middlebrook in front for 10 as Yorkshire continued their fightback. But Peters completed his first century of the season and his 28th in first-class cricket off 206 balls with a four through midwicket off Rashid.

It was also his first ton since he piled on a career-best 222 against Glamorgan at Swansea in July last year.

He eventually departed when he pulled Rashid and was taken superbly by Joe Root at short-leg before rain forced the players off, prompting an early lunch.

It rained persistently and heavily and there were large puddles on the outfield by the time it finally stopped in the afternoon. Play eventually restarted at 4.30pm.

When the players finally did re-emerge, Willey raced his way to a fifty off as many balls before wicketkeeper David Murphy was leg before on 20 to give Rashid his fourth wicket.

He had his 16th five-wicket haul in first-class cricket when Willey played on, before Lee Daggett was taken by Adam Lyth at slip off Rafiq.

Yorkshire began their second innings late in the day. Lyth and Root survived four overs and will resume tomorrow on three and two respectively.

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