Hall and Willey lift Northamptonshire
Leicestershire 89 for 1 trail Northamptonshire 355 (Hall 112, Newton 81, Willey 77, Freckingham 6-125) by 266 runs
Andrew Hall struck his first century in two years on the second day of Division Two leaders Northamptonshire's match against Leicestershire.
Hall's superb knock of 113 off 235 balls included 13 fours as Northamptonshire were bowled out for 355 with Rob Newton contributing 81 from 150 deliveries. Ollie Freckingham was easily the pick of Leicestershire's bowlers, taking 6 for 125 before the visitors closed on 89 for 1, having lost wicketkeeper Niall O'Brien.
Northamptonshire began the day on 91 for 4 with Newton resuming on 22 and former captain Hall on 12. Newton comfortably went past 50 for the first time this season off 80 balls with a four smacked through backward point off the bowling of Robbie Williams.
Hall also completed his first half-century of the campaign off 101 deliveries as the fifth-wicket pair reversed the damage done by the cheap wickets their side lost yesterday.
They eased Northamptonshire to 205 for 4 at lunch, but Newton was to depart in the second over of the afternoon when he was well taken at slip by Leicestershire captain Ramnaresh Sarwan off Jigar Naik. This broke a terrific stand of 143, but it did not take Naik long to claim another victim when he trapped Rob Keogh lbw for 8.
Wicketkeeper Ben Duckett, who is making his first-class debut, then walked on 5 when he edged Freckingham's wide delivery to West Indies international Sarwan at first slip. But Hall went on to complete his 13th first-class ton and his first since May 2011 against Kent at Canterbury off 209 balls.
There was still enough time before tea for David Willey to race to 50 off 51 deliveries with Northamptonshire well placed on 316 for 7 at the break. Hall's brilliant innings finally ended when he was bowled by Freckingham, who then sealed the first five-wicket haul of his professional career when Steven Crook was taken by Naik at gully. Freckingham then ended Northants' innings when Willey smashed him to Josh Cobb at mid-on after making a career-best 77 off just 76 balls.
O'Brien was given a reprieve on 8 when he was dropped by Duckett off Trent Copeland. After a brief rain delay, O'Brien departed on 29 with Duckett this time making no mistake to give Copeland a deserved wicket. Greg Smith and Ned Eckersley then saw out the remaining seven overs and will resume on 36 and 16 respectively.