Worcestershire Under-19s will take a 124 run lead with two second innings wickets remaining into the final day of the three-day match with Northamptonshire Under-19s at Desborough.

Jujhar Johal picked up four wickets as the home side were bowled out for 277 – a lead of just 19 – as their last five wickets went down for 36 runs.

It was a fine fightback as Northants had stood on 124-1 at one stage in reply to Worcestershire's first innings total of 258.

But then Worcestershire ended the day on 143-8 with the top seven in the order all reaching double figures but no-one topping 30.

Northants had resumed this morning on 138-4 and reached 241-5.

Johal removed top scorer B. Claydon at that juncture for 76 off 134 balls with 15 boundaries and polished off the lower order.

He finished with 4-57 from 24.3 overs and Ryan Wheldon 3-81.

Callum Lea, who had scored an unbeaten 79 in the first innings, was promoted to open second time around.

He again top-scored with 28 but wickets fell at regular intervals.

NORTHAMPTONSHIRE SECONDS – FIRST INNINGS CONTINUED

(overnight 138-4 from 35 overs)

Claydon b Johal 76

Thomas c Wilcox b Wheldon 16

King not out 38

W. Heathfield c Herridge b Lloyd 5

Mohammed c Wiffen b Johal 1

T. Heathfield c Lloyd b Johal 6

Haddow lbw Johal 1

Extras 8

Total (all out) 277 in 96.3 overs

FOW CONTINUED: 194, 241, 254, 265, 275, 277

BOWLING

Cox 17-6-26-1

Wheldon 15-2-81-3

Finch 16-3-54-1

LLoyd 23-8-52-1

Johal 24.3-7-57-4

Green 1-0-2-0

 

WORCESTERSHIRE UNDER-19S SECOND INNINGS

Lea lbw Haddow 28

Green run out (Mohammed) 17

Johal lbw Haddow 10

Wilcox c and b Haddow 23

N. Hammond run out (Haddow) 13

Herridge lbw Home 13

Wiffen lbw Home 10

Lloyd c Sargeant b Home 2

Cox not out 6

Wheldon not out 0

Extras 21

Total (for 8 wickets) 143

FOW: 47, 57, 75,96, 110, 120, 129, 143

BOWLING

T. Heathfield 8-2-15-0

Mohammed 5-0-30-0

Home 29-15-41-2

Haddow 26-12-39-4