HONLEY spinner Tom Craddock is continuing to make a name for himself in the county championship.

The 21-year-old former Holmfirth bowler is on a two-month trial at Chelmsford and in his debut in the county championship he helped Essex inflict Northamptonshire’s first defeat of the season taking four for 70.

He has repeated the feat in his second outing as Essex take on Leicestershire at Grace Road – and even made an impact with the bat.

An unbeaten century from skipper James Foster ensured his side reached a respectable total of 322 and he received staunch support from tail-ender Craddock.

The pair added 79 runs before Craddock was undone having contributed 11 runs before falling to a catch at first slip off the bowling of Nadeem Malik.

Craddock then featured with the ball. The Leicestershire openers had reduced the deficit by 109 runs with a host of boundaries before the leg-spinner found the breakthrough.

Matt Boyce, having scored 47, was the first wicket to fall when he drove Craddock to Owais Shah at backward point.

Craddock went on to finish with four for 59 as the home side were ousted for 274 and by the end of yesterday’s play Essex had built a 354-run lead having reached 306-4.