Northants v Warwickshire: Jim Troughton in runs on Bears return
|LV= County Championship Division One, Wantage Road|
|Close, day two: Northants 312, Warwickshire 274-4|
|Warwickshire 5 pts, Northants 4 pts|
Warwickshire skipper Jim Troughton and teenager Sam Hain hit half-centuries to help the Bears edge towards a first-innings lead against Northants.
Chris Woakes and Chris Wright took less than half an hour to polish off the Northants tail as the hosts, 297-8 overnight, were bowled out for 312.
Varun Chopra (47) and Will Porterfield (32) put on 81 for the first wicket.
But a 138-run fourth-wicket stand from Troughton (69) and Hain's career-best 87 not out, helped the Bears to 274-4.
Troughton's three-hour stay at the crease came on his return from a back injury almost a year after his last Championship appearance.
But it could yet be overshadowed by 18-year-old Hain, who is due to return to the middle on Tuesday morning just 13 runs short of a maiden first-class century.
Earlier, England all-rounder Woakes took his haul of Championship wickets for the season to 20 after finishing with 4-87, while Wright's 3-63 leaves him on 24 victims.
BBC WM 95.6's Rob Gurney:
"The brilliant fourth-wicket stand between Jim Troughton and Sam Hain has given Warwickshire the platform to build a big first-innings lead.
"Troughton's innings was almost chanceless, perfectly picking the bad balls to score off.
"But Hain remains unbeaten overnight and no-one would begrudge him his maiden century."