County Championship: David Willey hits maiden first-class ton

David Willey
David Willey's previous highest first-class score was 81
LV= County Championship Division Two, Northampton (day three)
Northants 333 & 416-8 dec: Willey 104 not out, Keogh 81
Gloucestershire 296 & 35-0: Dent 22 not out
Gloucestershire trail by 419 runs
Northants 6pts, Gloucestershire 5pts
Match scorecard

David Willey smashed his maiden first-class century to give Northants control against Gloucestershire on day three.

The 25-year-old all-rounder hit 104 not out off 83 balls before the hosts declared on 416-8 - a lead of 453.

Willey shared a eighth-wicket stand of 115 in just 15.2 overs with South African Rory Kleinveldt (48), while Rob Keogh scored 81 and Josh Cobb made 58.

Gloucestershire then reached 35-0 at stumps with Chris Dent unbeaten on 22 and Will Tavare 13 not out.

Willey, who came to the crease with his side wobbling on 211-6 after Cobb was dismissed, struck seven fours and six sixes to surpass his previous first-class best of 81.

Gloucestershire will now need to chase down the sixth-highest score in County Championship history if they are to pull off a remarkable win on the final day.

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