Northamptonshire second XI completed a terrific win on day three by an innings and nine runs against Gloucestershire at Bristol Cricket Club.

After enforcing the follow on the previous day, Northamptonshire spent more than two days in the field to achieve victory, which was made even more difficult by serious resistance from the Gloucestershire middle order and tail.

The turning point came at the end of the 78th over, just one over before the new ball, when Phillips, who had come in at number three for Gloucestershire, was stumped by Harry Gouldstone off Saif Zaib for ninety-nine.

But Gloucestershire refused to lie down and when the last man Conolly joined Middleton at the crease, the tenth wicket pair dug deep and made Northamptonshire do the same. With the overs rapidly diminishing and the last hour fast approaching, academy all-rounder, James Cronie, took the final hard-fought wicket when Conolly was caught at first slip by captain Gus Miller.

This win puts the 2XI fifth in the Championship table. A huge positive for the Club and second team coach Graeme White.

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