De Lange holds seconds together

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Con de Lange hit a battling half-century to keep Northamptonshire afloat on the opening day of their Second XI friendly against Leicestershire at sunny Finedon.

De Lange's knock of 52 off 58 balls - including a six and three fours - was the only contribution of note as the County were dismissed for 191.

But the visitors also struggled on a day for the bowlers, closing on 157-7 in reply.

Muhammad Azharullah claimed the bowling honours with 3-44 while Luke Evans, de Lange and Rob Keogh picked up a wicket apiece.

The match continues at Avenue Road on Tuesday.

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