Northants 269-3 & 140 Pakistan 250-9 & 24-0: Wigley seizes chance but Pakistan press for victory

Tour matches may enjoy a somewhat questionable status in the cricket calendar of today but they are nothing if not an opportunity. There are at least a couple of touring Pakistanis here with their eyes on the second Test and at least a couple of county players who have seized the chance to raise their own profile.

Stephen Peters, who went into this match with an average of 16, gave his prospects a fillip with a superb 142 on Thursday. Yesterday, it was the turn of David Wigley, who has played in only one championship game since his move from Worcestershire, to advertise himself.

Wigley, a 24-year-old pace bowler, has been looking for a county where his talents could flourish since realising it would not be his native Yorkshire. By his own admission, his first offerings for Northamptonshire were less than eye-catching.

"I played in a few one-dayers but I didn't do myself justice," he said, explaining why his name has not been prominent in recent selections. Picked here in place of the Australian Matthew Nicholson, he put that emphatically right, beginning with the simplest of return catches to dismiss no less an adversary than Younis Khan and ending with career-best figures of 5 for 77.

"I couldn't quite believe Younis drove it straight back at me but I had 30-odd dot balls bowling against him on Thursday and that was just as pleasing," Wigley said. "I've probably bowled better but a five-for on a flat pitch in front of the coach cannot do me any harm."

The tourists declared on 250 for 9 after Kamran Akmal, Jannisar Khan, Rao Iftikhar and Arshad Khan had in turn swung the bat to entertaining effect. None of that will have had much bearing on selection for the Old Trafford Test but what happens today might.

Northamptonshire were dismissed for 140 inside 39 overs in their second innings, Peters succumbing to a second-ball duck and Sourav Ganguly retiring without the chance to break a run of low scores when a ball from Shahid Nazir, the best of Pakistan's second-string attack, reared up and gashed his chin.

It left the tourists to chase 160 to win, which may be an important opportunity for Salman Butt, whose place at the head of the order is under threat from Taufeeq Umar. At the close he was 15 not out, Pakistan needing 136 more.

FootballGerman sparks three goals in four minutes at favourite No 10 role
Rumer was diagnosed with bipolarity, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder: 'I was convinced it was a misdiagnosis'
peopleHer debut album caused her post-traumatic stress - how will she cope as she releases her third record?
A long jumper competes in the 80-to-84-year-old age division at the 2007 World Masters Championships
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Radamel Falcao was forced to withdraw from the World Cup after undergoing surgery
premier leagueExclusive: Reds have agreement with Monaco
Arts and Entertainment
'New Tricks' star Dennis Waterman is departing from the show after he completes filming on two more episodes
tvHe is only remaining member of original cast
Life and Style
Walking tall: unlike some, Donatella Versace showed a strong and vibrant collection
fashionAlexander Fury on the staid Italian clothing industry
Arts and Entertainment
Gregory Porter learnt about his father’s voice at his funeral
Arts and Entertainment
tvHighs and lows of the cast's careers since 2004
Life and Style
Children at the Leytonstone branch of the Homeless Children's Aid and Adoption Society tuck into their harvest festival gifts, in October 1936
food + drinkThe harvest festival is back, but forget cans of tuna and packets of instant mash
Lewis Hamilton will start the Singapore Grand Prix from pole, with Nico Rosberg second and Daniel Ricciardo third
F1... for floodlit Singapore Grand Prix
New Articles
Life and Style
Couples have been having sex less in 2014, according to a new survey
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam