|County Championship Division Two, Southampton|
|Close, day one: Northants 170-5 v Hampshire|
|Hampshire 1pt, Northants 0pts|
Northants recovered well after making a poor start on day one of their game against promotion-chasing Hampshire.
Hampshire's David Balcombe and James Tomlinson both took two wickets as Northants were in trouble at 98-5, despite Stephen Peters scoring 47.
However, a sixth-wicket partnership of 72 between Rob Newton (46 not out) and James Middlebrook (26 not out) rescued the visitors as they reached 170-5.
Hampshire are second in Division Two, 26 points behind leaders Derbyshire.