Andrew Hall helps give Northants control over Kent

LV County Championship Division Two, Canterbury
Close, day two: Kent 280, Northants 407-6
Northants 8pts, Kent 4pts,
Match scorecard
LV County Championship

Andrew Hall hit an unbeaten 77 as Northants built a sizeable lead on the second day of their clash with Kent.

After resuming on 5-0 in reply to Kent's 280, Northants reached the close at Canterbury on 407-6, a lead of 127.

They were wobbling at 207-5 but captain Hall shared 89 with Niall O'Brien (62) and an unbroken 111 with Chaminda Vaas (53 not out) to put them on top.

Debutant spinner Adam Riley provided the only bright spot on another day of toil for Kent, taking 4-132.

Kent's other two wickets fell to ex-Surrey seamer Neil Saker, who is on trial at Canterbury and is also making his debut for the county.


Kent's teenager spinner Adam Riley told BBC Radio Kent:

"I was pleased with that - getting four wickets. It's a shame we couldn't bowl them out today but getting four wickets is a good start.

"There was a bit of nerves in the first few overs but I got a wicket early on - just before lunch - which settled the nerves. They then disappear and you just go and do what you do and bowl the off-spin that I know I can bowl.

"We've still got four wickets to get so hopefully I can get one more or a couple more."

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