Northants v Gloucestershire: Visitors fight back after Ben Duckett fireworks
|Specsavers County Championship Division Two, The County Ground, Northampton (day one):|
|Northants 343: Newton 70, Levi 56, Duckett 52; Norwell 3-70|
|Gloucestershire: Yet to bat|
|Northants 3 pts, Gloucestershire 3 pts|
Gloucestershire's bowlers battled back to check Northants' flying start at the County Ground.
Opener Ben Duckett (52) hit a 46-ball half-century and Rob Newton made 70 as the hosts raced to 153-1 at lunch.
Skipper Alex Wakely (49) and Richard Levi (56) also chipped in with middle-order runs as the hosts looked set to post a commanding first-innings score.
But Liam Norwell (3-70) chipped away with late wickets to dismiss Northants for 343 when stumps was called.
A total of eight batsmen passed 20 for promotion-chasing Northamptonshire , but none were able to reach three figures as David Payne (2-75) and Craig Miles (2-51) also helped to limit the damage.