Northants on top against Leics
Leicestershire remain in an unenviable position despite Ramnaresh Sarwan's half-century on the second day of their match at Northamptonshire.
Northants added 99 runs to their overnight score at Wantage Road before being bowled out for 399 with Stephen Peters eventually out for 148 off 278 balls and Wayne White taking four for 94.
After Leicestershire collapsed to 108 for five just before tea, West Indies international Sarwan hit 59 off 127 deliveries, but the visitors were still 212 runs behind their opponents when they closed on 187 for six.
Northants began the day on 300 for five with Peters resuming on 137 alongside new batsman James Middlebrook.
Peters was to add 11 to his overnight total before Nathan Buck's searing delivery took out his off stump in the sixth over of the day.
Buck struck again in his next over when another terrific ball crashed into Middlebrook's off stump to dismiss him for 20.
White was brought into the attack in the 102nd over and he forced David Willey (10) to edge to Michael Thornely at first slip with the opening ball of his spell.
He then had his fourth wicket in his next over when Oli Stone (eight) was bowled after the teenager left a straight delivery.
And the Northants innings was brought to an end when wicketkeeper David Murphy, having making 31, launched Claude Henderson to Leicestershire captain Josh Cobb at mid-off.
After surviving nine overs before lunch, Leicestershire lost Thornely for 22 early in the afternoon when he was trapped lbw by Stone.
His fellow opener Will Jones moved on to 37 before his off stump was sent tumbling by Northants captain Andrew Hall, who took his 550th first-class wicket.
Leicestershire wicketkeeper Ned Eckersley went cheaply for 27 when he missed a huge drive off Middlebrook and was bowled.
Matthew Boyce was then pinned lbw by Willey for an 11-ball duck before the same bowler was edged by Cobb (five) to Murphy.
Sarwan was to complete a typically composed half-century in the evening off 111 balls with a four over cover off the bowling of Willey.
But he was dismissed in farcical fashion as he and Shiv Thakor aborted running a quick single off Stone too late to stop Alex Wakely running in from short extra cover to take off the bails at the wicketkeeper's end.
Thakor and White then survived the last five overs of the day and will resume on 30 and four respectively.