Norfolk ace Olly Stone takes first five-wicket haul in first-class cricket

Northamptonshire's Olly Stone. Picture: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Northamptonshire's Olly Stone. Picture: Nick Potts/PA Wire - Credit: PA

Norfolk bowler Olly Stone has taken his first ever five-wicket haul in first-class cricket.

Olly Stone in action during England Under-19s tour of South Africa in 2013. Picture: ECB

Olly Stone in action during England Under-19s tour of South Africa in 2013. Picture: ECB - Credit: Archant

The 20-year-old helped LV= County Championship Division One basement club Northamptonshire battle back against Sussex on day two at Wantage Road, taking 5-48 in 20 overs.

Northants were 251-7 at the game's midway stage, with an unbeaten 104 from Rob Keogh moving them to within 117 of Sussex's first innings score of 368 yesterday.

The visitors began briskly, resuming on 300 for seven, with Ashar Zaidi and Steve Magoffin bringing up a century partnership.

Despite James Middlebrook's off-spin offering turn and with Graeme White off the field with a finger injury, bat dominated ball early on, with Sussex going at a run a minute.

Stone's introduction ceased the flow as the first hour ended, when he bowled Zaidi 12 runs short of his maiden Championship century.

However, Magoffin reached his half-century with a flashing cut off Neil Wagner - his first for Sussex, four overs later,

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Stone induced the edge to see the Australian caught behind by Adam Rossington and five balls later Chris Liddle followed as Sussex's innings ended on 368 - with the 21-year-old Stone finishing with career-best figures of five for 48.

When Magoffin had the ball in his hand, the leading wicket-taker in Division One ripped out Stephen Peters and James Kettleborough to leave the home side 17 for two at lunch.

However, Middlebrook and Keogh led Northamptonshire to calmer waters and two straight drives from the former off Zaidi's left-arm spin signalled their sense of control. It would be ended in bizarre fashion half an hour before tea.

With the Australian brought back to break up the partnership, umpire Peter Willey deemed the Australian to have broken the stumps in the delivery stride. Willey initially signalled no-ball, but after consultation with both sides, he changed his mind after it was felt the strong westerly winds had blown a bail off and dead ball was then called.

However, with the seventh ball of the 30th over Middlebrook, on 48, drove to Zaidi at mid off, and was run out comfortably thanks to a direct hit.

Rossington soon followed Middlebrook, but a partnership of 99 between Keogh and 19-year-old Ben Duckett kept the hosts interested.

Although Duckett fell before the close, followed by Andrew Hall, Keogh would reach his century in the final over of the day - bowled by off-spinner Luke Wells.

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