County Championship: Cosgrove ton gives Leicestershire lead

Mark Cosgrove
Mark Cosgrove has hit three Championship centuries for Leicestershire this summer
LV= County Championship Division Two, Northampton (day two, close)
Northants 325: Wakely 123, Kleinveldt 43, Crook 40; McKay 5-54
Leicestershire 372: Cosgrove 110, O'Brien 95; Kleinveldt 5-68
Leicestershire lead by 47 runs after the completion of their first innings
Leicestershire 7 pts, Northants 6 pts
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Mark Cosgrove's second century in as many Championship matches helped Leicestershire recover to take a first-innings lead against Northants.

After nightwatchman Rob Sayer was caught behind off Rory Kleinveldt (5-68), the visitors looked in deep trouble on 34-4 at Wantage Road.

But Cosgrove and Aadil Ali added 71 together, before Niall O'Brien smashed 95 off 84 balls.

Cosgrove eventually went for 110 as his side totalled 372, a lead of just 47.

Clint McKay was left stranded on 51 - his maiden Championship half-century for the county - as Muhummad Azharullah took his 300th first-class wicket when last man Charlie Shreck edged to Richard Levi at second slip.

There was further bad news for the hosts as Steven Crook was carried off on a stretcher after tripping over the boundary rope and injuring his ankle, making him a doubt for T20 Blast Finals Day next Saturday.