David Sales half-century puts Northants in control

County Championship Division Two, The County Ground, Northampton
Close, day three: Northants 218 & 176-5, Hampshire 154
Hants 3pts, Northants 4pts
Match scorecard

David Sales' half-century helped Northants take control of their Division Two match against Hampshire going into the final day.

Starting the day on 42-3, the visitors were all out before tea for 154, 64 behind Northants' first-innings total, with James Vince making 46 not out.

Northants then pulled further away to finish on 176-5, a lead of 240 runs.

Sales made his 58 off 96 deliveries, including seven fours, while David Balcombe took 2-63.

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