Northants on top against Gloucestershire

LV County Championship Division Two, Northampton
Close, day two: Northants 343, Gloucestershire 183 & 84-5
Northants 6pts, Glos 3pts
Match scorecard
LV County Championship

Northants' hopes of promotion to Division One seem to be fading despite the hosts dominating their clash with Gloucestershire.

The home side, resuming on 316-9, made 343 in their first innings, with Will Gidman taking 5-74.

David Willey (5-29) helped dismiss Gloucestershire for 183, before taking 3-15 as the visitors closed on 84-5 following on, still 76 behind.

But his work could prove in vain with Surrey looking set to beat Derbyshire.