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Specsavers County Championship, Wednesday, August 24, 2016

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    Worcestershire 35-1 trail Northants 551 by 516 runs
    Northamptonshire number ten Chad Barrett scored his maiden century as the record books were rewritten on day two of the Specsavers County Championship match with Worcestershire at New Road.
    Barrett finished unbeaten on 114 in his maiden Championship appearance as Northamptonshire amassed 551 all out in 144.1 overs.
    It was the highest score by a Northants number 10 in first class cricket, beating the 106 by Gus Williamson against Cambridge University in 1960.
    Barrett and another century-maker in Steven Crook added 145 in 34 overs - the best Northamptonshire ninth wicket stand in matches against Worcestershire as it surpassed the 137 by JE Timms and RJ Partridge at Stourbridge in 1934.
    Northamptonshire also registered their highest ever total at New Road and Crook's 145 was his career best score, over-taking his 142 not out versus Australia last summer.
    Ed Barnard struck in the first over of the day after Northants resumed on 345-6 when David Murphy (7) was caught at second slip and then Rory Kleinveldt (8) became Joe Leach's 50th Championship victim of the campaign when trapped lbw.
    Crook and Barrett then flayed the home attack and the former went to three figures off 142 balls with 15 fours.
    Barrett was involved in a bizarre finale in the battle for bonus points when blocking out the final five deliveries of the 110th over from Brett D'Oliveira when Northants required one more run for a fifth batting point.
    But that was the only blip to the visitors until Crook (145) turned D'Oliveira into the hands of deep square leg.
    Last man Ben Sanderson was dropped on nought at first slip off D'Oliveira with Barrett still one short of his century. But he reached the milestone soon afterwards with a cover drive for four off George Rhodes.
    Worcestershire lost D'Oliveira for a duck, caught at second slip off Sanderson, as they reached 35-1.
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