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Gloucestershire 408 lead Northants by 242 runs
Michael Klinger hit 140 as Gloucestershire moved into a strong position by tea on the third day of the Specsavers County Championship match with Northamptonshire at the Brightside Ground, Bristol.
The hosts were eventually bowled out for 408, from an overnight 240 for four, to take a first innings lead of 242, with Klinger last man out, having faced 286 balls and hit 14 fours and 2 sixes.
Leg-spinner Seekkuge Prassana finished with five for 97 on his Championship debut, but there was little else to cheer Northants, although Richard Gleeson was unlucky in claiming three for 94 from 34 overs.
David Payne (32) shared a ninth-wicket stand of 76 with Klinger to frustrate the visitors.
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Leicestershire 316 and 40-8 vs Worcestershire 274
The deteriorating pitch played its part, but the Leicestershire batsmen did not help themselves in collapsing to 40-8 at lunch on the third day of their county championship match against Worcestershire at Grace Road.
There was little indication of the mayhem to come when Leicestershire picked up the two first innings wickets remaining to Worcestershire, Jack Shantry caught at first slip and last man Charlie Morris run out in his eagerness to get Matt Henry his half-century.
Thereafter, however, it was chaos. Henry struck in his first over, Paul Horton edging an out-swinger low to third slip, but while Neil Dexter could do little about a Joe Leach delivery that rose and took the shoulder of the bat before flying straight to point, skipper Mark Cosgrove was playing a disappointingly airy drive to the Henry in-swinger which disturbed the left-hander’s off-stump.
With the score 11-3, Mark Pettini then decided the time was right to risk a quick single to a mis-field and paid the price, Ross Whitely throwing down the stumps from wide gully. The Leach delivery which pinned Angus Robson on the back foot both seamed back and kept low, before, astonishingly, another risky single saw Aadil Ali run out by a Brett D’Oliveira throw which took out middle stump.
Wells went the same way as Robson, though his foot movement was minimal, and Ben Raine then fenced at an ordinary delivery from Henry and edged to the wicket-keeper.
Leicestershire’s previous lowest score against Worcestershire is 52, made in 1965. The Foxes will have to go well past that to have a serious chance of winning this game now.