County Championship: Northamptonshire close in on win as Gloucestershire collapse
|Specsavers County Championship Division Two, The County Ground (day two):|
|Gloucestershire 62 & 245-8: Sanderson (5-16); Higgins 63, Hutton (6-57)|
|Gloucestershire (4 pts) lead Northamptonshire (5 pts) by 25 runs|
Northamptonshire took seventeen wickets as they closed in on victory after forcing the follow-on against Gloucestershire on day two.
Resuming on 25-1, the visitors conceded a first-innings lead of 220, losing nine wickets for 37 runs as they were bowled out for 62.
Ryan Higgins (63) and Gareth Roderick (46) had a 100-run stand in the second innings to give hope.
But Brett Hutton (6-57) starred as Gloucestershire ended on 245-8.
Gloucestershire were bowled out in their first innings within 18 overs, with opener Benny Howell top-scoring with a paltry 14 and Ben Sanderson (5-16) leading the attack.
In their second innings, Gloucestershire lost Roderick, Higgins and Kieran Noema-Barnett within nine balls, but Craig Miles (34*) and Matt Taylor (37*) showed resistance towards the end meaning they at least managed to build a 25-run lead going into day three.