Brown spins out Somerset

Jason Brown helped Northamptonshire to extend their winning streak to five in the Second Division of the County Championship with a crushing two-day victory, by an innings and 61 runs, over Somerset at Wantage Road.

Brown snapped up 6 for 42 as the visitors, forced to follow on 229 adrift after being routed for 96, subsided to 168 all out.

The England and Wales Cricket Board pitch liaison officer, Peter Walker, decided not to take any action over the dry surface on which 18 wickets tumbled for 238 runs in five hours play. "It was a below average pitch, but you had one side on the top of their form and another at the bottom of theirs," he said.

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