Seconds lose Thornbury thriller

Northamptonshire's Second XI suffered a one-wicket defeat following a fascinating final day of their Championship match against Gloucestershire at Thornbury.

With a day to go, the home side were 58-0 in pursuit of 403 to win - and at 368-5 thanks largely to Robbie Montgomery (106) and Dan Housego (87) it looked odds-on a Gloucestershire win.

But Northamptonshire hit back through Leo Carter, son of Bob, who picked up 4-19 from seven overs, and at 399-9 the match was back in the balance.

The hosts' last pair managed to see their side over the line, though - despite the best efforts of Gemaal Hussain with four second-innings wickets to give him nine in the match.

The seconds are back in action next week (July 7-10) with four days of cricket against Somerset at Campbell Park in Milton Keynes.

Seconds lose Thornbury thriller