CricInfo Championship: Northamptonshire v Somerset at Northampton, 20-23 Jun 2001
Robin Reid

Northamptonshire 1st innings: Lunch - Day 3,
Somerset 2nd innings: Tea - Day 3, Stumps - Day 3,
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NORTHANTS SCENT FIRST CHAMPIONSHIP WIN OF SEASON

Northamptonshire’s hopes of notching a first Championship win of the season were boosted by four wickets in the final session to leave Somerset hanging on by their fingernails at Wantage Road.

Darren Cousins and Paul Taylor both struck twice as the visitors slumped to 130-4 at the close, still needing a further 138 to avoid an innings defeat.

Northants were finally dismissed for 567 in mid-afternoon, after a record-breaking stand of 161 in 38 overs for the eighth wicket between skipper David Ripley and his deputy, Tony Penberthy.

Ripley was last out for 95, including a six and 14 fours, while Penberthy stroked a dozen boundaries in his fluent 80. Their partnership was a new county best for that wicket against Somerset, surpassing the 145 posted by Penberthy and Curtly Ambrose at Taunton in 1994.

But there was disappointment for Mal Loye, who added only three to his overnight 194 before becoming Steffan Jones’ fourth wicket of the innings.

Richard Johnson wrapped up proceedings by removing both men to finish with commendable figures of 5-127 from 40.1 overs, while Jones, his hard-working pace partner, claimed 4-121 from 36.

Northants were hoping for an early breakthrough when Somerset went in again, but they were denied it when Graeme Swann spilled a chance in the gully offered by Bowler before he had scored.

Bowler (60) and Holloway (30) opened up with 97 in 31 overs, but when they both fell in the space of three overs – quickly followed by Mark Lathwell and Michael Burns - Northants were able to scent a much-needed win.



NEW PARTNERSHIP RECORD FOR NORTHANTS

Tony Penberthy and David Ripley set a new Northamptonshire partnership record for the eighth wicket against Somerset as the hosts built a formidable first-innings lead at Wantage Road.

The pair put on 161 in 38 overs, eclipsing the 145 posted by Penberthy – again – and Curtly Ambrose at Taunton in 1994.

Penberthy hit a dozen boundaries in his 80 while skipper Ripley was last out for 95, including a six and 14 fours, with the Northants total on 567 – a lead of 268.

Somerset openers Peter Bowler and Piran Holloway survived a testing session up to tea, and at 55-0 the visitors still needed a further 213 to make Northants bat again.

There was an early disappointment for Mal Loye who failed narrowly to complete a double century. Unbeaten on 194 overnight, he added just three more runs before Steffan Jones had him caught behind down the legside in the fourth over of the morning.

Jones claimed 4-121 and Richard Johnson 5-127 – the hard-working pair sending down 76 overs between them.



LOYE JUST MISSES OUT ON DOUBLE HUNDRED

Mal Loye narrowly missed out on a double century as Northamptonshire continued to build up a healthy first-innings lead over Somerset at Wantage Road today.

Resuming on 194, he added just three more runs before Steffan Jones removed him in the fourth over of the morning as Loye flicked a legside catch to wicket-keeper Rob Turner.

His magnificent innings of 197 lasted just over seven hours, featuring three sixes and 25 fours in 326 balls. Somerset then struck another blow in the next over when Graeme Swann departed for a duck, caught at mid-off via a leading edge to give Richard Johnson a wicket.

But Tony Penberthy (44 not out) and David Ripley (59 not out) came together in a solid eighth-wicket stand worth 98, and secured the final batting point for Northants at 400-7 in the 124th over of the innings.

They played out the session and steered the hosts to 461-7 at lunch – a lead of 162 with three wickets in hand.

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