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Peters ton leaves game in balance at Northampton

CLOSE OF PLAY, DAY TWO: Sussex 175 & 137-2 Northants 274
Northants 5 pts, Sussex 3 pts
Match scorecard

Stephen Peters
Northants opener Peters has now scored 608 first-class runs this season

Stephen Peters hit his second century of the season to leave Northants' Championship game with Sussex at Wantage Road in the balance.

Peters made 136 as the home side, who resumed on their overnight 118-5, were eventually dismissed for 274.

Corey Collymore (3-56) and Ollie Rayner (3-45) excelled with the ball and there were also two wickets each for Robin Martin-Jenkins and James Anyon.

Sussex closed on 137-2 in their second innings, a lead of 38 runs.

Michael Thornely is unbeaten on 45, with Murray Goodwin 21 not out.

But it was Peters' brilliant knock of 136 from 251 balls was the highlight of the day, earning Northants a handy first-innings lead of 99.

At the start of Sussex's second innings, Chris Nash pulled a four to go past 4,000 career first-class runs on his 27th birthday.

Nash and Thornely managed to survive 15 overs before tea to leave their side on 42 without loss. But Nash fell in the fourth over after the resumption for 32, edging Lee Daggett straight to David Sales at second slip.

Ed Joyce survived a scare when he was dropped by Sales in the same position, before a 50 partnership between him and Thornely helped put Sussex ahead again.

But Joyce was dismissed for 30 when he pushed James Middlebrook to Alex Wakely at short leg.

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