Leicestershire v Northamptonshire, Leicester, 3rd day June 21, 2011

Sorry Leicestershire sink to embarrassing loss

Northamptonshire 371 for 9 dec beat Leicestershire 168 and 48 by an innings and 155 runs

Division Two leaders Northamptonshire landed a spectacular victory against Leicestershire in their County Championship match at Grace Road, claiming the last eight wickets for 15 runs in 64 balls to win by an innings and 155 runs an hour before lunch on the third day.

David Lucas and Jack Brooks each took five wickets as bottom-of-the-table Leicestershire were bowled out for a meagre 48 in 25.1 overs. The only player to reach double figures was Matthew Boyce, who made 12.

Lucas finished with 5 for 20 for match figures of 9 for 75, while Brooks claimed 5 for 23. The two seamers each had a wicket to their name overnight with Leicestershire starting the day at 27 for 2, still 176 runs behind.

But Matthew Hoggard's men were then blown away in just over an hour and 15.1 overs. Boyce and Greg Smith survived the first four overs of the morning but, in the fifth, Smith carved a catch to point off Lucas, and the astonishing collapse began. Smith's departure left Leicestershire at 33 for three and 63 balls later they were all out, having added just another 15 runs.

With both Lucas and Brooks swinging the ball in the helpful conditions, the home side had no answer and the innings became a procession of batsmen walking in and then out. England hopeful James Taylor was out for a duck, beaten and bowled by the late inswing of left-armer Lucas, who also trapped Andrew McDonald lbw with a similar delivery. Brooks accounted for Boyce, taking a return catch off a top edge and the tail-enders offered no resistance.

Leicestershire captain Hoggard was last man out caught at gully off Brooks, and admitted his side's performance in the second innings had been an "embarrassment". But it was still not Leicestershire's lowest score against Northamptonshire in a championship match. They were dismissed for 43 at Peterborough back in 1968.

The victory earned top-of-the table Northamptonshire 22 points to continue their push for promotion. Leicestershire collected only two points from the game.

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  • Mark on June 22, 2011, 9:17 GMT

    I have to be honest, I saw Jack Brooks in a one-day game last year and didn't think much of him but he is tearing the league up this year. It is great to see Northants bringing in all these youngsters who are doing really well, they have a top captain in Hall and a truly great overseas pro in Vaas so they should have lots of advice and help available. Glad to see this as Northants 'Kolpak-inflated XI' as EVH316 put it was a disgrace. Think we actually have the ECB to thank for this for the ruling on young english players. Northants are now getting up there with the best youngster-producing County sides (Along with Somerset, Hampshire, Yorkshire and Sussex imo).

    Even Surrey have produced some good youngsters recently along with turning Tremlett into a fire breathing dragon. See? Dont have to buy every player in the country now do you?

  • Mark on June 21, 2011, 23:00 GMT

    It's been noticed alright. The chasing pack have more or less accepted that they are all fighting for second place. Northants weren't favourites pre-season, but they look unstoppable now.

  • Simon on June 21, 2011, 16:11 GMT

    If this sort of performance, on the back of a similar destruction of Glamorgan in the last Div. 2 game, people might even start to notice Northamptonshire exist after all. I think it should be noted that this is not with the horribly Kolpak-inflated XI of two or three years ago either...sure, Hall is skipper and O`Brien played this game as a batsman, but nine Englishman, some young and promising played. Northants are doing what counties are supposed to be doing - blood youngsters and be competitive. Hopefully, and it`s a long shot because selectors seem to drive straight to the North of England from London without turning off the M1, Jack Brooks and Alex Wakely can get some Lions recognition this winter.

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