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Day 4 of 4
Northamptonshire won by 6 wickets.

Northants vs Gloucs

White seals Northants comeback

Gloucestershire capitulate on final day

White: match-winning innings

LV County Championship - Division Two
Northampton
Gloucestershire 475 (M J North 96, S D Snell 78, A P R Gidman 68, M A Hardinges 55, J Lewis 51) & 142 (D S Lucas 5-30, N Boje 4-32) v Northamptonshire 329 (S D Peters 122, N J O'Brien 53, J Lewis 4-65) & 292-4 (R A White 132 no, N Boje 59)
Northamptonshire (19pts) beat Gloucestershire (8pts) by 6 wkts

Robert White's unbeaten 132 guided Northamptonshire to a victory target of 289 for a six-wicket success over Gloucestershire.

That represented a remarkable turnaround after Gloucestershire had piled up 475 in their first innings at Wantage Road inside the first two days of the contest.

Northamptonshire skipper Nicky Boje (4-32) and David Lucas (5-30) set-up the win by snapping up the remaining six wickets of Gloucestershire's second innings within the first 12 overs of the final day - the visitors slumped from an overnight position of 115-4 to 142 all out.

Opening pair Niall O'Brien and Stephen Peters (34) began the chase steadily, adding 54 before Anthony Ireland (1-56) found Peters' edge and Hamish Marshall held a sharp catch in the gully.

O'Brien followed soon after for 22, trapped in front by Matthew Gitsham (1-81), but White and David Sales dug in to get the chase back on track.

Sales raced to 29 in 48 balls during a third-wicket stand of 64 before Jon Lewis (1-71) ended his innings by winning an lbw appeal.

That blow could not knock White, who was joined by Boje, off his stride and he went to 50 soon after tea before smashing Mark Hardinges (0-34) over mid-on for six.

Boje joined in the fun and raced to a boundary-laden 50 in just 45 balls as he passed 500 runs for the summer.

And White, who took 95 balls to reach 50, required just 34 more to bring up the fourth first-class century of his career. Boje was finally removed for 59 when Hardinges ran him out, but it was too little too late as White hit the winning runs to complete a comfortable victory with 13 overs to spare.

Day three

Stephen Peters' innings of 122 guided Northamptonshire to maximum batting points against Gloucestershire at Wantage Road.

The opening batsman turned his overnight position of 49 into a 16th first-class century before being eighth out as the hosts totalled 329, although that still represented a first-innings deficit of 146.

Gloucestershire skipper Jon Lewis led from the front with figures of 4-65 and his side then reached 115-4 second time around to reach the close on day three with an overall lead of 261.

They had slumped to 58-4 before Hamish Marshall (43no) and Chris Taylor (33no) put on an unbroken 57 for the fifth wicket.

Day two

Northamptonshire reached 135-3 in reply to Gloucestshire's first-innings effort of 475 at Wantage Road.

Opening pair Niall O'Brien and Stephen Peters made a solid start with a stand of 89 before three wickets in the evening session put the visitors in the box seats.

O'Brien fell to Alex Gidman (2-30) for 53 and was soon followed back to the pavilion by Rob White (0) and David Sales (18). Peters stood firm to finish the day on 49 not out.

Earlier, Gloucestershire had used the first 60.4 overs of the second day to extend their first innings from 258-4 to 475 all out.

Marcus North fell four short of a century after resuming on 84, but half-centuries for Steven Snell (78), Mark Hardinges (55) and skipper Jon Lewis (51) ensured a mammoth total for the visitors.

Day one

A resolute 84 not out from Marcus North saw him come to Gloucestershire's rescue on day one of their LV County Championship Division Two match against Northamptonshire.

The Australian batsman overcame indifferent form which has brought an average of just 33 in four outings so far this season to piece together a 150-run partnership with Alex Gidman (68) to help steer Gloucester to 258-4.

With visiting captain Jon Lewis winning the toss and opting to bat, Johannes van der Wath overcame some early punishment to have Craig Spearman caught behind having made just one run.

Johann Louw then revealed himself to be the pick of the Northants bowlers as he proceeded to remove dangermen William Porterfield and Hamish Marshall as the visitors slumped to 77-3.

But Gidman then joined North at the crease and, after a slow start, the duo eased Gloucestershire out of trouble, with both racking up half centuries as their partnership reached 150 shortly after tea.

Fading light meant that the umpires then took both teams back to dressing rooms and, upon resumption of play, Andrew Hall immediately trapped Gidman lbw.

The resumption was brief, however, with enclosing cloud cover seeing play called off with 30 minutes remaining.

Match Details

Date
6th Jun 2008
Toss
Venue
County Ground, Northampton
Umpires
V A Holder and A A Jones

northants BATTING CARD

Batsman R
Peters c Marshall b Ireland 34
O'Brien lbw b Gitsham 22
White not out 132
Sales lbw b Lewis 29
Boje run out 59
Klusener not out 10
Extras 2nb, 1w, 3lb 6
Total 67.3 Overs 292 - 4
Full Batting Card

gloucs BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
Lewis 19 4 71 1
Ireland 10 0 56 1
Gitsham 22.3 2 81 1
Hardinges 4 0 34 0
North 12 1 47 0
Full Bowling Card