County Championship: Alex Wakely hits career-best score of 123

Alex Wakely
Alex Wakely has four County Championship centuries
LV= County Championship Division Two, Northampton (day one, close)
Northants 325: Wakely 123, Kleinveldt 43, Crook 40; McKay 5-54, Shreck 3-60
Leicestershire 30-3: Robson 13; Kleinveldt 3-12
Northants lead by 295 runs
Northants 4 pts, Leicestershire 3 pts
Match scorecardexternal-link

A career-best first-class score from Alex Wakely gave Northants the edge over Leicestershire at Wantage Road.

Clint McKay (5-54) had the hosts in trouble at 42-4 after Mark Cosgrove won the toss and fielded first.

But skipper Wakely hit 123 to help Northants post 325 all out with support from Rory Kleinveldt (43) and Steven Crook (40).

Kleinveldt then removed Lewis Hill, Ned Eckersley and Angus Robson as the visitors reached stumps at 30-3.

Wakely came to the crease in just the third over and batted with plenty of assurance to reach his second County Championship century of the season off 149 balls.

The 26-year-old stroked 20 fours in an innings which lasted almost five hours before he fell to a superb low catch from wicketkeeper Niall O'Brien off Charlie Shreck.

Northants skipper Alex Wakely:

"It's probably my best knock, maybe because of the circumstances.

"It was a tricky pitch, but everything was coming off the middle of the bat. I got my feet moving and when I do that, everything else seems to fall into place.

"I always feel in pretty good nick I just sometimes don't score any runs - I find stupid ways of getting out.

"I've been lacking hundreds for the club, but hopefully this is the year and I can kick on."

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