Northants move into promotion position

Ben Curran of Northamptonshire batting Getty Images

Northamptonshire 357 (Keogh 132, Rossington 63, David 4-73) and 142 for 3 beat Leicestershire 308 (Azad 86, Cosgrove 65, Rhodes 61) and 189 (Ackermann 60) by seven wickets

Northamptonshire moved into second place in Division Two after completing a seven wicket victory over Leicestershire in the Specsavers County Championship match at the Fischer County Ground.

Beginning the day on 22-0, with a target of just 141 to win, openers Ben Curran and Rob Newton extended their partnership to 68 before Newton went leg before to an Alex Evans delivery that came back in to the right-hander.

Curran, on 40, edged a flat-footed drive at Will Davis to Colin Ackermann at second slip, and Ackermann picked up a second catch when first innings centurion Rob Keogh edged a drive at left-arm spinner Callum Parkinson.

The odd ball was beginning to turn for Parkinson, but by that stage Alex Wakely was well established, and the vistors' former skipper saw his side across the line with an unbeaten 40.

Northants 4th innings Partnerships

1st68RI NewtonBJ Curran
2nd19AG WakelyBJ Curran
3rd29AG WakelyRI Keogh
4th26AG WakelyRE Levi