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Day 4 of 4
Match Drawn

Hants vs Northants

LV= County Championship: Northamptonshire fail to close the gap

David Sales: Hit an unbeaten 66 on a rain-shortened fourth day

Northamptonshire saw their push for promotion in the LV= County Championship held up by rain as they had to settle for a draw against Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl.

David Sales hit an unbeaten 66 as the visitors reached 135-3 in the second innings, meaning a lead of 28, by the time both sides decided to shake hands.

After most of the morning session had been lost to rain, Hampshire resumed on 515-9 in their first innings and their last-wicket pair added a further 30.

James Tomlinson had contributed 14 by the time he was caught in the slips by Stephen Peters to give Azharullah his third wicket of the innings, meaning David Balcombe ended unbeaten on 30.

His efforts helped Hampshire claim a first-innings advantage of 107 and Northamptonshire lost three wickets before erasing the deficit.

James Middlebrook was the first to go when Liam Dawson held a catch at slip off Balcombe to depart for seven, though the hosts were made to wait for their next breakthrough.

Dawson dismissed Northants captain Peters (40) offered the spinner a return catch, before then taking his second catch of the day to send back Alex Wakely, who became a rare scalp for Neil McKenzie.

However Sales, who faced 137 balls and 11 boundaries, and Rob Keogh made sure there were no further alarms, the latter finishing up on 14 not out to follow up his superb 221 first time around.

Both teams pick up eight points for their effors, an outcome that means Northamptonshire now trail Division Two leaders Lancashire by 25.

Match Details

3rd - 6th Sep 2013
Hampshire won the toss and elected to bowl.
The Ageas Bowl
M J Saggers, S J O'Shaughnessy

northants BATTING CARD

Batsman R
S.D. Peters c&b Dawson 40
J.D. Middlebrook c Dawson b Balcombe 7
D.J.G. Sales Not out 66
A.G. Wakely c Dawson b McKenzie 2
R.I. Keogh Not out 14
Extras 2nb, 1w, 3lb 6
Total Declared, 51.5 Overs 135 - 3
Full Batting Card


Bowler O M R W
J.A. Tomlinson 12 3 27 0
D.J. Balcombe 7 1 28 1
R.M.R. Brathwaite 8 3 14 0
M.T. Coles 6 2 23 0
L.A. Dawson 7 5 6 1
N.D. McKenzie 7 4 10 1
M.D.T. Roberts 3.5 1 19 0
J.H.K. Adams 1 0 5 0
Full Bowling Card