Justin Broad top scored with 69 but the 2XI slipped to a ten wicket defeat against Worcestershire 2XI.

After a challenging Day 3 with the bat, Northamptonshire 2XI found themselves starting the final day 157/4 in their second innings, 80 runs behind Worcestershire’s first innings score of 392.

Justin Broad and James Sales started the day at the crease and in the fifth over of play, Broad brought up his half century off 104 deliveries and with seven 4s.

The pair built on their resilient display in the evening session on the previous day, reaching their 50 partnership in the 67th over.

However, the partnership was quickly broken after as James Sales was caught at midwicket for 15 two overs later off the bowling of Reeve Evitts, reducing Northamptonshire to 187/5.

The 2XI’s struggles continued as Evitts picked up another wicket, this time the seamer trapped Justin Broad LBW.

Broad fell for a well made 69 off 141 deliveries, including eleven 4s but his departure left Northamptonshire 194/6 and still trailing Worcestershire by 43 runs after the bowling side enforced the follow-on.

Gus Miller couldn’t follow up on his half century in the first innings as he found a top edge off the bowling of Josh Baker, as Simon Kerrigan joined Rohan Mehmi at the crease.

The following over, Kerrigan and Mehmi were unable to rebuild the innings as Kerrigan was caught and bowled by Taylor Cornall, leaving the 2XI 207/8.

Northamptonshire managed to go past Worcestershire’s first innings score as Mehmi started to accelerate the scoring, hitting 21 off 12 after the new ball was taken.

Mehmi ended up on an unbeaten 41 but George Weldon and George Gowler fell quickly as Northamptonshire were all out for 254, leading Worcestershire by 17 runs ahead of their second innings.

Worcestershire wasted no time in chasing the 17 run target, hitting the winning runs in the 6th over and giving Worcestershire 2XI a ten wicket victory.