Worcestershire were all out for 196 on the opening day of their LV= County Championship Division Two match at Northampton, with Northamptonshire ending the day on 100-4.
Worcestershire made one change from their previous match against Essex as Aneesh Kapil replaced Neil Pinner and after being put into bat by the home side Worcestershire lost their first wicket in the sixth over when Daryl Mitchell (1) was lbw to Trent Copeland, with the score on 1.
With the Northants bowlers bowling tightly under cloudy conditions runs were hard to come by as Matt Pardoe and Moeen Ali scored only 3 fours in their second wicket partnership of 43 before Pardoe (22) was bowled by Steven Crook and then one more wicket fell before lunch when Tilan Samaraweera (16) was bowled by Andrew Hall as Worcestershire went to lunch on 100-3.
In the second over after lunch Alexei Kervezee (19) was bowled by Hall and when, in the following over, Aneesh Kapil (4) was run out by a direct hit in the covers by Crook Worcestershire were struggling on 111-5.
Ali continued his good run of form as he reached his 50 off 98 balls, with his eighth four, but wickets continued to tumble at the other end as Michael Johnson (3) was bowled by Hall, with the score on 130-6.
Gareth Andrew joined Ali to put on 35 for the seventh wicket until Andrew (16) was trapped lbw by Crook and then the innings soon ended as Jack Shantry (3) edged to Rob Keogh at third slip off Copeland, Ali's stoic innings of 79 off 158 balls, with 11 fours, was ended when he edged a David Willey bouncer behind to David Murphy and when Chris Russell (7) chipped Copeland to Willey at mid-off Worcestershire were all out for 196 off 61.2 overs.
With the weather remaining cloudy Worcestershire were hoping for early wickets and Alan Richardson didn’t disappoint as he took the wickets of both Matthew Spriegel (1), caught by Ali at first slip, and Kyle Coetzer (0), caught by Mitchell at second slip, in the first over, with the score on 2-2.
Alex Wakely and David Sales then put on 52 for the third wicket until Wakely (31) shouldered arms and was bowled by Andrew and then the home side reached 100 when David Sales, with the last ball of the day, was lbw to Richardson (3-43 off 11.3 overs) for 40 to leave Northamptonshire trailing by 96 runs at the end of the first day.
Worcestershire endured a tough second day at Northampton, as they ended up on 97-6 in their second innings, trailing Northamptonshire by 21 runs.
The home side began the day on 100-4 and they lost two early wickets when Andrew Hall (10) was caught by Gareth Andrew at third slip off Alan Richardson (4-71 off 23 overs) and Rob Keogh (44) edged Andrew (2-80 off 22 overs) to Moeen Ali at first slip to leave Northamptonshire on 134-6, trailing by 62 runs.
Steven Crook was then given a massive let-off on 6 when he launched Andrew into the air only for Aneesh Kapil to drop a straightforward catch at deep square leg and this proved to be costly for Worcestershire as Crook and James Middlebrook added 96 for the seventh wicket until the partnership was eventually broken in the third over after lunch when Middlebrook was caught and bowled by Ali (1-38 off 6 overs) for 39.
Crook then went to his 50 off 53 balls and the onslaught continued as another 62 runs were added for the eighth wicket until, with the score on 287, Crook had his middle stump taken out by Chris Russell to end a blistering knock of 85 off 85 balls, with 10 fours and 3 sixes.
Trent Copeland’s cameo of 31 was ended when he was caught by Jack Shantry at mid-on off Russell, who then took his third wicket (3-59 off 16 overs) by trapping David Murphy (4) lbw to end the innings, with Northamptonshire all out for 314.
Trailing by 118 runs Worcestershire lost Daryl Mitchell for 8 when he shouldered arms and was bowled by Crook as the visitors went to tea on 25-1. After tea it got worse for Worcestershire as five wickets fell for 21 runs as Matt Pardoe (24) edged behind to Murphy off David Willey before Copeland pinned Tilan Samaraweera lbw for 4.
Copeland then got Alexei Kervezee (1) lbw before Willey did the same to Kapil (4) and when Michael Johnson (2) was adjudged lbw to Copeland the visitors were in disarray at 66-6, trailing by 52 runs.
Ali and Andrew then ensured that the match would go to a third day by surviving the final 10 overs but the visitors have it all to do as they ended the second day on 97-6.
Worcestershire were soundly beaten within an hour of the third day as they lost to Northamptonshire by 10 wickets at Northampton.
Resuming on 97-6 Worcestershire added 5 more runs until Gareth Andrew (18) edged behind to David Murphy off Trent Copeland and Copeland, two balls later, trapped Jack Shantry (0) lbw and, in his next over, got Chris Russell (2) to edge behind to Murphy to leave the visitors on 108-9, still 10 runs behind Northamptonshire.
The innings defeat was avoided thanks to a no-ball from David Willey but Willey got the final wicket when Alan Richardson (4) was caught at gully by James Middlebrook, with Moeen Ali unbeaten on 44 off 122 balls, as Worcestershire were bowled out for 125, with Copeland finishing with figures of 6-41 and an overall match analysis of 9-92.
Northamptonshire needed 8 runs to win and the victory was sealed when Kyle Coetzer hit a 6 over extra cover in the 3rd over.
WORCESTERSHIRE (196 & 125) LOST TO NORTHAMPTONSHIRE (314 & 8-0) BY 10 WICKETS