|County Championship Division Two, Southampton|
|Close, day two: Northants 356, Hampshire 125-2|
|Hants 3pts, Northants 4pts|
James Middlebrook and David Willey scored half-centuries to bolster Northants on day two of their Division Two match against Hampshire.
The visitors resumed on 170-5 and that soon became 172-6 when David Balcombe (3-58) got rid of Rob Newton (48).
But Middlebrook (65) and Willey (54), aided by David Murphy's 43, pushed Northants to 356 all out.
Hampshire closed 231 runs behind on 125-2 with Neil McKenzie making 31 and Jimmy Adams 48 not out.