Jack Blatherwick secured a five-wicket haul as Rickard Levi took many of the plaudits on day two of Nottinghamshire's Second XI match with Northamptonshire at Campbell Park.

Blatherwick finished with 5-105 from 25.4 overs, but could not dislodge Levi, who reached 140 before being bowled by Lyndon James.

Notts will begin the final day of the encounter on 54-1, leading by 24 runs, after the hosts declared on 351-9.

Northamptonshire began the day on 26-1, but were able to accelerate the run rate in the morning session, Levi bringing up his fifty from 91 balls in the sixth over of the day. 

Blatherwick made Notts’ breakthrough in the ninth over of the day as Coddington (35) was trapped LBW to put the score on 63-2. 

A run of wickets from Jarred Lysaught, Blatherwick and Ishraf Jandu appeared to have shifted the tide in Notts’ favour, reducing the home side to 95-5 before Tom Keast came to the crease. 

But Levi continued to motor, reaching his century from 148 balls with the score on 189-5, and leading a century partnership with the former Notts man. 

Levi and Keast continued to propel Northamptonshire on, bringing up 150 runs for the sixth wicket and frustrating the visiting side.

In the final session, the decision to take the new ball immediately proved correct as Blatherwick immediately took his thrid wicket.

Keast (76) nicked straight into Adeel Shafique’s gloves to end the partnership of 176. 

Levi’s innings of 140 finally came to an end as Lyndon James clean-bowled him to reduce Northamptonshire to 285-7 with two new batsmen at the crease.

In the next over, Blatherwick had number four of the innings when he dismissed Harry Bates without scoring. 

But Ben Glover and Andrew Neal wrestled back the initiative with a 61-run stand before  Blatherwick sent Neal (55) packing, triggering the Northants declaration. 

Notts had 15 overs of the day to bat and lost the single wicket of Gareth Macaskill (17) as he was pinned LBW by Ben Glover. 

Notts concluded an eventful day on 54-1 at the close of play, with a lead of 24 runs.


There are two further opportunities to catch the Outlaws in T20 action at Trent Bridge this summer, with the next opportunity coming as part of a double-header on Sunday 25 August. The Outlaws' clash against Yorkshire Vikings will be preceded by Loughborough Lightning v Lancashire Thunder in the Kia Super League.

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