Northamptonshire v Leicestershire

  • Last Updated: May 16 2013, 10:20 BST

LV= County Championship Division Two leaders Northamptonshire finished the first day of their match against Leicestershire on 91 for four after captain Stephen Peters was ruled out for up to six weeks with a broken finger.

Stephen Peters: Out for six weeks with a broken finger
Stephen Peters: Out for six weeks with a broken finger

Peters suffered the injury during a morning net session, meaning he was replaced in the side by 21-year-old Rob Keogh.

Keogh had been due to appear for the club's second XI against Somerset in Taunton Vale before he was summoned back to Northampton for just his second County Championship match.

In the 34 overs that were possible on a day at Northampton when it rained on and off throughout, some loose shots by their top order saw them lose four wickets.

Leicestershire will be pushing to capitalise on their position tomorrow with paceman Ollie Freckingham looking to add to his two for 34.

Persistent drizzle meant there was no play before lunch with proceedings scheduled to get under way at 1:40pm after Leicestershire won the toss and chose to field.

However, just minutes before the players were about to emerge, yet more rain began to fall leading to the covers being brought back on.

This delayed the start for another 50 minutes but only 15 balls were possible before another downpour forced the players off.

Luckily the shower soon passed and Leicestershire made a breakthrough soon after play resumed when James Middlebrook sliced Freckingham to Jigar Naik at gully after making just two.

While Middlebrook was trudging back to the pavilion, the heavens opened yet again leaving the players with another sprint for shelter after another 22 deliveries had been bowled.

Rain was now falling heavier than at any previous stage of the day, which led to another lengthy delay and tea being taken with Northants on six for one.

Play got under way again at 4:45pm and Northants soon lost David Sales cheaply for 10 when he was taken by Naik at gully off the bowling of Alex Wyatt.

Leicestershire brought on Robbie Williams in the 17th over and he claimed the wicket of Matthew Spriegel, who chipped him to Matthew Boyce at square leg to perish on 11.

Stand-in captain Alex Wakely made 18 before he was next back in the pavilion when he dragged Freckingham on to his off stump.

Rob Newton and former South Africa international Andrew Hall were then able to see out the remaining 10 overs and will resume on 22 and 12 respectively.

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