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David Murphy (100*) hit an unbeaten century yesterday as Northants Second XI beat their Gloucestershire counterparts by 168 runs.

The home side won the toss and elected to field against a Northants Second XI side at Thornbury Cricket Club.

Northants picked a strong side for their latest Second XI Trophy match against Gloucestershire with David Willey, David Murphy and Graeme White all featuring for the side.

Ben Howgego and David Willey opened the batting for the visitors and made a quick start to their innings positively with boundaries coming on a regular basis. The opening pair put on a century for the first wicket partnership before David Willey (58) was dismissed. The First Team all-rounder hit three boundaries and six maximums in his innings from just thirty-seven deliveries.

Howgego continued hitting boundaries to all corners of the ground and Akhil Patel came in and built on the opening pairs foundation. Both Howgego (79) and Patel reached their half centuries before the former was clean bowled by Smithson to leave the visitors 195-2.

The wicket of Howgego brought David Murphy to the crease and the wicket keeper looked comfortable from the start. Murphy and Patel put on a century partnership for the third wicket before Patel (67) was dismissed by Gloucestershire bowler Shrewsbury.

Northants were 295-3 when Lloyd Paternott came to the crease and he attacked from the outset. Murphy (100* off 71 balls) and Paternott (61* off 28 balls) put on an unbeaten partnership of 112 as the visitors finished on 407-3 off their 50 overs.

In reply, Gloucestershire made the worst possible start with David Willey taking an early wicket of the opening batsman, Lezar leaving the hosts 5-1.

Northants bowler Hussain then struck with two wickets in quick succession as the home side were reduced to 33-1. Wickets continued to fall on a regular basis and it was only Gloucestershire batsman Grieshaber (50*) that stood out for the hosts as they were bowled out for 239.

Hussain (3-41) and White (3-60) both impressed with the ball, whilst Willey (2-61) and Getkate (1-16) also took wickets as the visitors won by 168 runs.

The two sides meet in a three-day Championship match starting today (1st July).

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