A hostile James Fuller spell helped Hampshire secure victory on the afternoon of Day 3 against Northamptonshire.

Following on after being bundled out for 149 before lunch, the hosts limped to 63 all out in their second dig in this LV= Insurance County Championship match at Wantage Road.

Fuller bagged the hosts’ final four first innings wickets this morning to add to the two he took last evening to finish with six for 37. Wickets then continued to fall as Northamptonshire started their second innings, as they slumped to 17 for five shortly before lunch. A total of nine wickets had fallen in the session with Fuller reaching 200 career first-class wickets in the process.

Northamptonshire’s batters had no answer against an unrelenting Hampshire attack who extracted plenty of bounce and found just enough movement to entice Northamptonshire’s batters to play down the wrong line or prod at balls outside off-stump. Josh Cobb’s 44 was the one bright spot in Northamptonshire’s first innings and only some lusty blows from Chris Tremain offered a positive in the second innings.

Northamptonshire had resumed on 95 for five, but were effectively six wickets down with keeper Lewis McManus unable to resume his innings after sustaining a broken finger yesterday evening.