LV County Championship - Division Two
Grace Road - Day Four
Northamptonshire 310 (N Boje 125, R A G Cummins 5-60) & 459-6 dec (D J G Sales 187 no, N J O'Brien 109, A R Crook 72) v Leicestershire 236 (J K Maunders 51, D S Lucas 5-49) & 356 (P A Nixon 110, J Allenby 58, N Boje 6-110)
Northamptonshire (20pts) beat Leicestershire (4pts) by 177 runs
Nicky Boje took six wickets as Northamptonshire completed a 177-run victory over Leicestershire at Grace Road.
Set a target of 563 to win, Leicestershire could only really hope to save the game by batting out the day.
Jim Allenby and wicketkeeping captain Paul Nixon took their overnight partnership to 117, but Richard Logan then got the number four caught by David Sales at first slip.
Despite a valiant 110 by Nixon, he was eventually bowled by Boje trying to reverse sweep.
The tail was then skittled out without much resistance, as Northants claimed their fourth LV County Championship victory off the season.
Boje finished with figures of six for 110 as Northants created a bit of breathing space over their eighth-placed opponents.
Leicestershire will need to bat for a day with seven wickets left in order to claim a draw at Grace Road on Saturday.
Northamptonshire put their bowlers to the sword on day three, David Sales and Niall O'Brien claiming centuries as they declared on 459-6 - a lead of 563.
Resuming on 160-5, Sales took the game away from the weakened Foxes with some belligerent batting, hitting 22 fours and three sixes in his unbeaten 187.
He added 185 with fellow centurion O'Brien (109) before the latter was removed by debutant Harry Gurney, but it didn't end there for Sales.
He was joined by Lance Klusener (37) and the pair added an undefeated 114 for the seventh wicket before Sales called time on the innings.
The hosts faced a mountain to climb and wickets fell at regular intervals after tea, Tom New and John Maunders both establishing themselves before losing their wickets.
Hylton Ackerman followed for just four but Jim Allenby and Paul Nixon added an unbroken partnership of 55 for the fourth wicket to give themselves hope of a draw.
Northamptonshire skittled their opponents for 236 to take the upper hand at Grace Road.
The visitors then reached 160-5 at the close on day two to lead by 236 before bad light brought a premature end to play.
Seamer David Lucas took a career-best 5-49 and his removal of opener John Maunders for 51 sparked the Foxes collapse.
Resuming on 57 without loss, the hosts moved on to 101 before losing their first wicket, and no other player managed to reached the half century.
Ryan Cummins again kept Leicestershire in the game with the ball though, taking two early wickets and that of Nicky Boje late in the day as Northants sought to build a match-winning lead.
Andrew Crook was the mainstay of the visitors' second innings, making 74 including 12 fours and adding 99 with David Sales (42no) for the third wicket.
But Crook's wicket - playing on to Tom New - and those of Boje and Alex Wakely late in the day, kept the Foxes' hopes alive.
Ryan Cummins claimed career-best figures as injury-hit Leicestershire bowled Northamptonshire out at Grace Road.
Nicky Boje scored a century for the visitors but it was Cummins, who only kept his place in the side due to a late injury to David Masters, who stole the show with 5-60.
Northamptonshire looked to be compiling a big total with Boje at the crease, but his wicket with the score on 293 sparked a collapse that saw them lose five wickets for 17 runs.
And it was that man Cummins who did for the South African, taking a return catch after Boje had scored 125 including 22 fours and put on 135 with compatriot Lance Klusener.
David Lucas and David Wigley both fell to Cummins before Klusener was run out for 45.
And a fine day got better for the Foxes - who were forced to field debutants Josh Cobb, Harry Gurney and Sam Cliff - as openers John Maunders and Tom New took them safely through to 57-0 at the close.