|LV County Championship Division Two, Grace Road|
|Close, day two: Leicestershire 168 & 27-2, Northants 371-9 dec|
|Northants 6pts, Leics 2pts|
David Lucas, Alex Wakely and Lee Daggett hit half-centuries as Northants batted themselves into a position of strength against Leicestershire.
Stephen Peters, 76 not out overnight, fell four short of a century after Northants resumed day two on 136-2.
But Lucas (60) and Daggett (50 not out) made career-best scores, while Wakely top-scored with 62 as his side declared on 371-9.
Leicestershire were 27-2 second time around at stumps, still 176 behind.