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Day 4 of 4
Match Drawn

Northants vs Gloucs

LV= County Championship: Northamptonshire and Gloucestershire draw at Wantage Road

Chris Dent: Made an unbeaten century to secure draw for Gloucestershire

Chris Dent struck an unbeaten century as Gloucestershire's LV= County Championship match against fellow promotion-chasers Northamptonshire at Wantage Road petered out into a tame draw.

Dent's 128 not out off 211 balls, including 17 fours and one six, eased Gloucestershire to 227-1 as they batted through the day to avert any danger of defeat with their captain Michael Klinger contributing 78 from 181 deliveries.

Gloucestershire resumed on 31-0 in their second innings, still 178 runs behind their opponents, but for the second day in a row, the start of proceedings was delayed - on this occasion due to a wet outfield caused by overnight rain.

Play eventually got under way at 12:15pm after 20 overs had been lost but what went on thereafter was something of an anticlimax as Klinger and Dent easily batted through to lunch on a lifeless wicket.

Runs continued to come easily in the afternoon as the pair registered their fourth 100-plus opening partnership of the season, Dent following Klinger to his half-century off 102 deliveries by smacking James Middlebrook through square leg for four.

The 22-year-old then accelerated to his fourth century in first-class cricket and his second of the season off 159 balls by sweeping a four behind square leg off Cameron White.

Klinger was the only man to fall as he went to the final ball before tea when he edged his attempted sweep off Cameron White went to Andrew Hall at slip to finally break the stand on 190.

With the evening session not bringing any further incident, the two captains shook hands at 4:50pm with Gloucestershire wicketkeeper Gareth Roderick unbeaten on 11.

Gloucestershire came out of the contest with eight points to move into third in Division Two, but with second-placed Gloucestershire claiming 11 the gap between the two sides is now up to 27 points.

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Match Details

Date
2nd - 5th Aug 2013
Toss
Gloucestershire won the toss and elected to bat.
Venue
County Ground, Northampton
Umpires
P K Baldwin, M J Saggers

gloucs BATTING CARD

Batsman R
C.D.J. Dent Not out 129
M. Klinger c Hall b White 78
G.H. Roderick Not out 11
Extras 2nb, 1w, 5b, 1lb 9
Total 73.0 Overs 227 - 1
Full Batting Card

northants BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
D.J. Willey 10 2 29 0
M. Azharullah 12 4 26 0
J.D. Middlebrook 18 4 73 0
A.J. Hall 7 2 14 0
C.L. White 13 3 36 1
S.P. Crook 5 0 24 0
K.J. Coetzer 7 1 16 0
A.G. Wakely 1 0 3 0
Full Bowling Card