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Newton century delays Leicestershire promotion charge

CLOSE OF PLAY, DAY ONE: Northants 186-6 v Leicestershire
Leics 2pts, Northants 0pts
Match scorecard

LV County Championship

A superb maiden first-class century from academy graduate Rob Newton rescued Northants from complete collapse against Leicestershire.

Northants had slumped to 23-3 before Newton and opener Stephen Peters put together a partnership of 99.

Peters was dismissed by Matthew Hoggard for 55, but Newton hit 14 fours in going to 102 off just 115 balls before being caught off Claude Henderson.

Hoggard finished with 3-39 before rain ended play with Northants on 186-6.

Realistically Leicestershire need a freak set of results to win promotion, but they made the ideal start when Mal Loye was caught behind off the bowling of Hoggard with the fourth delivery of the match.

Alex Wakely threw his wicket away by smashing Nathan Buck straight to James Taylor at point, and David Sales also went cheaply by driving Hoggard to Greg Smith at gully.

That brought Newton to the crease in his sixth first-class match and he did not take long to get to 50, off just 54 balls. Hoggard claimed his third victim when he forced Peters to edge to Jacques du Toit at slip to break the fourth-wicket partnership before 15 overs were lost to rain.

With the first ball of the fourth over after the restart, Naik trapped James Middlebrook lbw but Newton completed his magnificent hundred off 111 balls. He added only two more runs before being superbly caught by Taylor diving forward from short leg.

Only one more over was possible before play was halted for bad light with 23 overs remaining.

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