Ajmal Shahzad provided Sussex with a much-needed breakthrough but Northamptonshire continued to build a strong position on the second day of their Specsavers County Championship match at Arundel.
Shahzad had opener Ben Duckett caught at second slip by Chris Nash for 72 driving at a ball well-pitched up. The left-hander had added 94 for the second wicket with skipper Alex Wakely.
Wakely had a scare on 17 when he edged Steve Magoffin just out of the diving Nash’s reach but otherwise batted solidly on a gloomy day at the Castle Ground, with more rain forecast for later this afternoon.
Wakely (46 not out) was joined by Rob Keogh (10 not out) in an undefeated third-wicket stand of 26 as Northants reached 142 for 2 at lunch, 36 behind Sussex’s first innings 178.
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