Northants began the final day knowing their backs were on the ropes, after losing Matthew Spriegel to a contentious decision, on the last ball the day before.
The hosts resumed on 88/4, with Rob Newton and Andrew Hall at the crease, knowing they needed to put a big partnership together, to give Northants a chance of salvaging a draw.
Unfortunately though, Newton was dismissed when the score was on 95. This was another controversial decision, as Newton was adjudged caught behind off Tim Murtagh for 18, although footage seemed to indicate, the ball did not hit the bat. Two more wickets fell soon after, as Hall was caught behind off Roland-Jones for 6, followed by David Murphy who was bowled by Roland-Jones for 0.
Ben Duckett and Ian Butler showed great fight, as they put together a long-standing 62 run partnership, before Butler was caught behind off Roland-Jones for 14. This ended Northants’ final stand as Duckett then fell for 56 as he was also caught off Roland-Jones, followed by Muhammad Azhar Ullah who was run out for 0.
Northants finished 176 all out, losing by an innings and 84 runs. Next match at the County Ground will be Leicestershire Foxes in the NatWest T20 Blast on Friday night, in what will be an East Midlands Derby. You can purchase tickets here.