Raphael Weatherall ended with figures of 6/37 but Northamptonshire 2XI fell to an 8 wicket defeat on Day 2 against Leicestershire.

Leicestershire started Day 2 85/5 after an entertaining first day of action, as the visitors aimed to chase down Northamptonshire’s first innings score of 152.

Having taken two wickets in the evening session of Day 1, Raphael Weatherall continued his impressive start by bowling Scott Steel five overs into the day.

Weatherall continued building on a strong morning, taking the next two wickets, and claiming his five-wicket haul.

Leicestershire were reduced 126-9 and trailed Northamptonshire by 26 runs but a handy innings from Roman Walker helped Leicestershire to a lead. Walker posted 57 and formed a 72 run partnership with Josh Hull to guide Leicestershire to a lead of 46 runs at the end of their innings.

Weatherall was the pick of the bowlers for Northamptonshire, finishing with brilliant figures of 6/37 from 16 overs.

Ethan Rice picked up two wickets, with George Gowler and Rishabh Upadhyay taking a wicket apiece to leave Leicestershire 198 all out.

It was a troubling start to Northamptonshire’s second innings as Harry Gouldstone fell in the first over to Josh Hull after the seamer found one to nip back and hit the stumps.

Rohan Mehmi also fell early after being trapped LBW in the 8th over, leaving the 2XI 9/2.

The 2XI struggled to accelerate the scoring and the wickets continued to fall, reducing the side to 40-6 after a flurry of wicktes from Leicestershire.

Aum Raykar and Ethan Rice managed to build the biggest partnership of the innings, reaching an unbeaten 42 run partnership by tea with Northamptonshire on 82/6.

The pair brought the partnership up to 46 before Josh Hull claimed his second wicket of the innings, finding Rice’s off stump to dismiss him for 10.

Raykar continued to work the Leicestershire bowlers as he worked his way to 47 but the 2XI fell to 109 all out, establishing a lead of 63 runs.

Leicestershire managed to knock off the target in 12 overs, winning by 8 wickets.