Cricket - Hall ton boosts Northants

Northamptonshire's LV= County Championship Division Two match with visiting Leicestershire is evenly poised.

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Cricket - Hall ton boosts Northants
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Andrew Hall struck 113 for Northamptonshire

Andrew Hall's century was the performance of the day, the South African all-rounder making 113 in his side's 355 all out, while Rob Newton (81) and David Willey (77) offered willing support.

Ollie Freckingham chipped away to end up with a career-best return of six for 125. The Foxes then reached 89 for one at a good rate before the close, Greg Smith with 36no.

England limited-overs batsman Ravi Bopara showed his class with a knock of 145 to hand Essex the lead over Glamorgan at the SWALEC Stadium.

His 265-ball stay saw Essex to 343 for nine, replying to the hosts' 231 all out.

Australian seamer Michael Hogan ended the day with five for 68.

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