Liam Patterson-White grabbed a five-wicket haul as Northamptonshire Second XI took the upper hand of Nottinghamshire’s opening Second Eleven Championship game of the season.
The 20-year old ended the day with figures of 5-89 as Northants proceeded to 237-8, having bowled Nottinghamshire out for 180 earlier in the day.
Notts had reached 51-3 at the end of day one but lost Jack Blatherwick (12) and Chris Gibson (33) soon after the resumption, both falling in the same over to Cameron Parsons.
Seb Menzhausen (1) was dismissed in Parsons’ next over, before Jordan Cook (5) was caught by Safwaan Imtiaz off Ben Claydon.
At 101-7, the seconds were in danger of being skittled, but Jayden Schadendorf and Louis Bhabra mounted a rearguard action with a vital 50-run stand.
Schadendorf’s disciplined 85-ball 29 came to an end when he was pinned lbw by James Cronie, and Bhabra (32) followed three overs later when he was dismissed in similar fashion by Conner Haddow.
Cronie and Parsons then combined to see off Kamau Leverock (9), bringing the Notts innings to a close on 180.
Northamptonshire’s openers conducted their second innings in contrasting styles, Saif Zaib playing conservatively while a more expansive Emilio Gay scored quickly.
The pair brought up their 50 partnership inside 13 overs before Zaib (26) was the first of Patterson-White's victims.
Gay continued to accelerate in the company of Matt Lezar before Leverock brought his knock to an end for 72.
Patterson-White then snared both Charles Thurston (7) and Imtiaz (0) within three balls, before Footitt claimed his first of the innings as Ben Claydon (10) edged behind.
Lezar had anchored the reply well, but he departed soon after reaching his half-century when he was trapped lbw by Jordan Cook for 52.
Patterson-White then claimed two further wickets in the final three overs of the day, accounting for Cronie (10) and removing Andrew Bramley one run short of his fifty.
Northants finished the day on 237-8, a lead of 372.
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