Trent Copeland was simply too hot to handle for Leicestershire overnight.
Northamptonshire 355 & 5-94 v Leicestershire 234 (Copeland 7-63) on Day three at Northampton
Copeland took 7-63 in a superb spell of bowling as Northants finished day three on top at Northampton.
The 27-year-old helped dismiss the visitors for 234, a first-innings deficit of 121.
Northants closed on 5-94 in reply and will be looking to press home their advantage tomorrow.
Somerset 152 & 265 lost to Middlesex 347 v 1-72 (Rogers 25, Robson 24) by nine wickets on Day three at Taunton
Chris Rogers' Middlesex wrapped up a comprehensive nine-wicket victory over Somerset,
Seamer Tim Murtagh was the star finishing with match figures of 10-77 as the hosts were bowled out for 265 in their second innings.
Rogers and Sam Robson made 25 and 26 respectively in reply as they pulled off a fine away win to move top of the County Championship.
Derbyshire 223 & 7-189 (Magoffin 2-48) v Sussex 401
Steve Magoffin bowled a marathon spell of 21 overs for his two wickets as Sussex took control against Derbyshire.
Earlier in the day the visitors posted a first innings score of 401 with Michael Yardy top scoring with 153.
Magoffin took the wickets of Chesney Hughes and Chanderpaul in reply as the hosts closed on 7-189, staring defeat in the face.
Nottinghamshire 274 & 191 (Cowan 20) v Surrey 207 & 3-73 on Day three at Trent Bridge
Wickets tumbled on day three at Trent Bridge
Ed Cowan could only make 20 in the second innings as the home side were removed for 191, setting a victory target of 258.
Surrey, however, closed in a spot of bother on 3-73 as they look to chase it down on day four.
Glamorgan 231 & 6-303 v Essex 345
Stewart Walters hit 98 as his Glamorgan nestled themselves into a strong position against Essex.
The visitors were eventually bowled out for 345, a lead of 72.
But Walters and Mark Wallace (42) saw the Dragons up to 6-303 at the close.
England 232 v New Zealand 4-153 on Day two at Lord's
The Kiwis hold the edge over England after an exciting days play at Lord's on day two.
Jonny Bairstow top scored for the home side with 41 as England plodded their way to 232. Tim Southee finishing with 4-58.
Ross Taylor then smacked 66 in response as New Zealand finished 79 runs behind.
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First Posted 18 May, 2013 10:51AM AEST