County Championship: Ben Raine career-best rattles Northants

Ben Raine
Ben Raine claimed his previous first-class best of 4-98 against Glamorgan at Swansea in 2013
LV= County Championship Division Two, Grace Road
Northants 251: Newton 71, Raine 4-55
Leicestershire 102-1: Robson 52 no
Northants lead by 149 runs
Leicestershire 3 pts, Northants 2 pts
Match scorecard

Ben Raine was twice on a hat-trick in a career-best bowling performance for Leicestershire on the opening day against Northants at Grace Road.

He took 4-55 after dismissing Stephen Peters and Rob Keogh with consecutive deliveries, later accounting for both Rob Newton (71) and Rory Kleinveldt.

Raine was unable to make it three in a row on either occasion, while Aussie Clint McKay marked his debut with 2-75.

Angus Robson then made an unbeaten 52 as Leicestershire closed on 102-1.

Still trying to shed themselves of the unwanted record of not having won a Championship game since the end of the 2012 season, the home side supported their bowlers well in the field,.

Northants were unable to build a major partnership, the 65 shared by Newton and David Willey (36) for the seventh wicket proving to be the best of the innings.

By contrast, Robson and Dan Redfern (40) found batting much easier as they launched Leicestershire's reply by putting on 83 before the latter edged Azharullah to slip shortly before stumps.

Leicestershire seam bowler Ben Raine:

"I think we thought it would do a bit more. We bowled quite well in patches but in patches we didn't, so we're still looking to improve on where we are but 10 wickets on a first day, we're happy with that.

"I had a couple last year where I got two in two, I've never managed to get my hat-trick yet. It was bizarre to have two chances at it.

"I genuinely feel around the camp that there is a real strong belief that we will win games.

"It's not just 'we've got to win a game this year' - our aim for this year is promotion."

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