LV County Championship - Division Two, Lord's
Northamptonshire 288 (A G Wakely 61, N Boje 55, R A White 51) & 293 (J J van der Wath 85, M H Wessels 57) v Middlesex 360 (N R D Compton 82, S D Robson 75, E J G Morgan 71, J J van der Wath 4-107) & 186 (S D Udal 55, D S Lucas 4-38, J J van der Wath 3-38)
Northampton win by 35 runs
Northamptonshire beat Middlesex by 35 runs at Lord's in an absorbing contest to record their third LV County Championship win of the season and their first win Championship win at Lord's since 1987.
The home side, now without a win in nine games of the competition, had been left chasing 222 runs for victory in a minimum of 71 overs on a wearing pitch, but they were undone by a feeble display of batting from their top-order, with only Nick Compton of the top-five reaching double figures.
Captain Shaun Udal had offered his side some hope with a gutsy 55, but his valiant effort was undone by a Johannes Van Der Wath delivery that knocked back middle and leg stumps to leave Middlesex still 59 runs short of their target with only two wickets remaining.
The loss of Tim Murtagh in the same over, caught at second slip for a single, virtually settled the contest, although there was stubborn resistance from last wicket pair Steve Finn and Alan Richardson before David Lucas concluded the match when Richardson became the sixth lbw victim of the innings.
Sam Robson was the first to go when he played across the line to Lucas and, in his next over, Lucas claimed Owais Shah for four after the batsman was pinned in the crease.
Compton contributed 32 before he chased a delivery of width from Lucas and was caught behind, with Panesar then prising out Eoin Morgan for six and Dawid Malan for five in the space of three overs.
Van Der Wath had made a defining contribution for Northants with the bat earlier in the day, adding a further 45 runs to his overnight score before being dismissed for 85 as his side reached 293 all out.
Northants, who wrapped up the match with 13 overs to spare, take 19 points from the match whilst Middlesex remain rooted to the foot of Division Two after gaining seven points.
Middlesex will enter the final day of their LV County Championship match against Northamptonshire with a chance of securing their first win of the season.
The visitors closed on 225 for seven, 153 runs ahead of their opponents with only three second-innings wickets remaining.
Northants had taken just an hour of the morning session to capture the remaining four Middlesex wickets, although the additional 50 runs accumulated by the hosts gave them a 72-run lead after the first innings.
Shaun Udal (three) fell to the 10th delivery of the day when he was yorked Hall with just six runs added and Johan Van der Wath claimed two of the last three victims to finish with figures of four for 107.
Middlesex's bowlers then got off to a flying start, Tim Murtagh removing Ben Howgego (six) and Rob White (one) before Stephen Peters was pinned in the crease for 25 by a ball from Steve Finn to reduce the away side to 37 for three.
But Riki Wessels (57) came to the rescue, scoring a determined half-century before being caught by Dawid Malan at deep square leg to give Murtagh his third wicket.
Wessels and Hall put on 82 for the sixth wicket and Hall's assured approach took him to within three runs of a half-century before Alan Richardson found an inside edge to have the all-rounder caught by wicketkeeper Ben Scott.
Johan van der Wath continued the revival somewhat with an unbeaten 40, with Monty Panesar at the crease alongside him at the close.
Middlesex finished the second day of their LV County Championship clash against Northamptonshire at Lord's on 310 for six despite an opening stand of 167.
Nick Compton (82) and Sam Robson (75) shared the county's highest first-wicket stand of the season, but the middle order failed to build and Middlesex finished the day with a lead of just 22.
After Tim Murtagh finished off Northamptonshire when he trapped David Lucas in the crease after five balls, Compton and Robson wasted little time in building a substantial score with the bat.
But they suffered a heavy loss of wickets after David Wigley had Compton picked up by slow left-armer Nicky Boje at cover, with Johannes van der Wath finding the thinnest of outside edges 14 runs later to have Robson caught behind by Riki Wessels.
Owais Shah then hit a rapid 24 before David Lucas squeezed a ball between bat and pad to knock back off stump, and Dawid Malan (10) fell to an indeterminate prod forward to a ball from Boje and was caught at forward short leg to leave the home side 213 for four.
Eion Morgan, who had passed 50 only once this season in the competition, then restored some momentum with a 76-ball half-century.
He continued to play with authority during an 85-runs alliance with Ben Scott before the latter was yorked for 20 by Van der Wath and Morgan, having reached a stylish 71, was leg before when he stabbed forward to Boje.
Four balls later, rain forced the players from the field with 20.2 overs of scheduled play still remaining.
Tim Murtagh had needed just five deliveries at the start of the day to take the remaining Northamptonshire wicket, trapping David Lucas in the crease for a duck to finish with three for 63 as the visitors failed to add to their overnight score of 288.
Northamptonshire were restricted to 288-9 after choosing to bat first on the opening day against Middlesex at Lord's.
Steven Finn and Alan Richardson each claimed three wickets as Middlesex, who are bottom of Division Two without a victory all season, stuck to their task in the field.
Finn (3-41) claimed the first three wickets to fall, removing Stephen Peters (13), Ben Howgego (47) and Rob White (51) to reduce Northants to 119-3.
Alex Wakely (61) and Nicky Boje (54) shared a 97-run alliance for the fifth wicket before a late collapse saw the visiors reduced from 254-4 to 288-8, Richardson (3-52) and Tim Murtagh (2-63) doing the damage.