LV County Championship - Division Two
Northamptonshire 373 (D J G Sales 151, L Klusener 65, S D Peters 65) & 29-2 v Leicestershire 173 (D S Lucas 4-54) & 226 (P A Nixon 73)
Northamptonshire (21pts) beat Leicestershire (3pts) by 8 wkts
Northamptonshire secured an eight-wicket win over Leicestershire with a day to spare at Wantage Road.
Leicestershire had been asked to follow-on on the second evening and resumed at 8-1 on Thursday with some hard graft required from their top-order.
That did not materialise, the Foxes soon slumped 92-6 before a defiant innings of 73 from skipper Paul Nixon at number eight at least ensured Northants had to bat again.
Leicestershire's second innings total of 226 left the hosts to chase a target of 27, which they achieved in 5.4 overs for the loss of both openers, Stephen Peters and Niall O'Brien.
The result earns Northamptonshire 21 points and moves them up to third in the Division Two table.
David Lucas took five wickets in the day to help send Leicestershire reeling at the County Ground.
Lucas claimed four first innings wickets as the Foxes slumped to 173 all out, and then removed opener Nadeem Malik as the visitors followed on.
Northants resumed on 274 for four, with David Sales and Lance Klusener beginning day two as they finished day one - attacking the Leicestershire bowlers to take the hosts past 300.
Klusener bought up his half-century thanks to five over-throws before Dillon du Preez trapped him lbw for 65.
Sales continued to find the boundary as he reached 151 from 322 balls before he was bowled by Jim Allenby, bringing an end to his 378-minute stay at the crease.
They lost their last six wickets for 53 runs, du Preez and Allenby taking three wickets apiece.
The visitors' reply never got off the ground after Nicky Boje took an outstanding catch at gully to remove Matt Boyce for a duck.
The visitors slipped to 15 for two, as Tom New played a Lucas delivery to Stephen Peters at third slip when on seven.
It got even worse for Leicestershire when they lost HD Ackerman for nine, the South African edging Andrew Hall to Niall O'Brien.
Jacques du Toit made 29 before Lucas had him caught by O'Brien, while Boeta Dippenaar was also caught by O'Brien off countryman Hall, who clamied a third wicket when Sales caught du Preez at slip.
Malik and Allenby offered some resistance, putting on 50 for the last wicket, before Allenby edged van der Wath to Sales at second slip for 47.
Malik finished unbeaten on 27 as Leicestershire were all out for 173, trailing Northants by exactly 200, and he was sent out as nightwatchman in the second innings but fell to Lucas as they closed on eight for one.
David Sales struck his second ton in the LV County Championship this season as Northamptonshire's batsmen dominated day one at Wantage Road.
The right-hander batted for over five hours, striking 15 fours and a six to reach the close of play on 113 not out.
With Sales still in and Northants set to resume on 274-4, Leicestershire will be already regretting their decision to bowl first after winning the toss.
They made a decent enough start with the new ball, Dillon du Preez picking up the first of his two wickets when he had Niall O'Brien caught with only 18 runs on the board.
Rob White was the next to go for 20 but opener Stephen Peters (65) combined with Sales to put on a third-wicket partnership of 114.
Lance Klusener then put on an unbroken 90 in the final session, finishing the day unbeaten on 44 from 64 balls to put the hosts in sight of maximum batting points.