There was a later than usual start on the opening day of the LV= County Championship game between Northants and Yorkshire here at the County Ground.
With overcast conditions expected to last the whole day, Northants Skipper Stephen Peters won the toss and elected to bowl first. Northants got off to an excellent start, as Maurice Chambers bowled Adam Lyth for a duck, with the score on 4.
Yorkshire wickets fell at regular intervals throughout the morning session, as the visitors simply could not put a partnership together. Australian Aaron Finch came in shortly before lunch and immediately went on the attack, as he tried to launch a Yorkshire fight back. However Finch’s efforts were in vain, as he chopped a Muhammad Azhar Ullah delivery back onto his stumps whilst on 34, with the score on 95/7.
The Yorkshire tail showed some fight, as the visitors scored 41 for the last two wickets, with Chambers finishing the innings off, as Plunkett was caught behind for 25, which left Yorkshire 136 all out. The pick of the Northants bowlers was Ian Butler, who recorded figures off 4 for 41. All four of the Northants bowlers were in the wickets, as Azhar Ullah took three, Chambers took two and Hall got one.
In reply, the Northants openers Stephen Peters and James Middlebrook got the home side off to a strong start, as they put together a 44 run partnership. Peters was the first man to go as he was caught by Alex Lees off Jack Brooks for 27. Middlebrook was the man to lead the Northants charge, standing strong, despite wickets falling around him.
Middlebrook was eventually dismissed for an impressive 70, when he was caught at slip off Bresnan. Andrew Hall and Ben Duckett then put together a good partnership, but would have been disappointed in the fact that it didn’t last to the end of the day. After play was paused briefly due to bad light, the players returned to the pitch, only for Hall to then fall lbw to Liam Plunkett for 16.
Duckett was joined by Ian Butler, and the pair managed to last to the end of the day, as the umpires took the players off for a second time due to bad light and five minutes later, called it a day, with the score on 191/7, with Duckett on 19 and Butler on 13.
Play begins at 11am on day two, with regular match updates on the Northants Cricket Twitter account, @northantsccc.