Gloucestershire struggling to avoid follow-on against Northants
NORTHAMPTONSHIRE captain Andrew Hall and David Willey took two wickets apiece as the hosts continued to boss their LV= County Championship match against Gloucestershire.
Scotland international Kyle Coetzer made 96 off 236 balls, including 12 fours, as Northants added 109 to their overnight total before being bowled out for 411.
In reply, Gloucestershire struggled to the close on 156-6, still 255 runs behind their opponents and needing another 106 to avoid the follow-on, with Willey having taken 2-32 and Hall 2-33.
Northants began the day looking strong on 302-4 with Coetzer resuming on 81 and Hall beginning his innings.
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Hall made just a single, however, before he was lbw to Ian Saxelby in the third over of the day.
Northants wicketkeeper David Murphy made only eight before he departed in the same manner to give Liam Norwell his first wicket of the season.
Coetzer fell just four runs short of a second century of the season when he smashed Gloucestershire captain Alex Gidman to Ed Young at deep midwicket.
The collapse continued when Willey (18) was bowled by Norwell as the visitors clawed their way back into contention with Northants on 366-8 at lunch.
Lee Daggett was the next to perish, but only after a painfully slow 15 off 80 balls, when he missed his drive off Kane Williamson and the ball hit his middle and off stumps.
Young took the final Northants wicket when David Burton played him on to his stumps, leaving Con de Lange unbeaten on 40.
Burton struck in the fourth over of Gloucestershire's reply when he bowled Benny Howell for four.
New Zealand international Williamson made only seven before he edged Willey on to his leg stump.
The visitors' problems deepened when Alex Gidman departed for four when he was superbly caught by Hall at first slip off the bowling of Willey, which left Gloucestershire on 38-3 at tea.
Chris Dent departed on 42 when Stephen Peters took a low catch at extra cover off Daggett.
Ian Cockbain followed for eight when he edged Hall to Peters, who this time was standing at first slip, before Hall struck again when he took out Will Gidman's off stump.
Hamish Marshall and wicketkeeper Jon Batty survived the final nine overs and will resume today on 49 and nine respectively.