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Day 4 of 4
Match Drawn

Yorks vs Northants

Stalemate at Headingley

Northants bat throughout day four to deny Yorkshire

Alex Wakely: Northants batsman hit 66 on final day

Jonny Bairstow: Helped Yorkshire reach 416 on day three

Northamptonshire recovered from a couple of anxious moments to bat out for a draw on the final day against Yorkshire at Headingley.

Resuming 120 behind on the fourth morning at 43-1 in their second innings, the visitors looked in danger after slipping to 95-3 before lunch.

Tykes seamer Steven Patterson (2-46) bowled Stephen Peters (22) and spinner Azeem Rafiq (1-66) had Kyle Coetzer (39) caught by Joe Root.

But Alex Wakely (66) and Rob White (42) combined in a fourth-wicket stand of 65 to take Northants back into credit.

Australian left-arm seamer Mitchell Starc (3-50) struck twice as Northants were reduced to 198-6 before David Murphy (31no) and Con de Lange (20no) thwarted Yorkshire's bowlers for more than an hour with an unbroken 52-run stand that ensured a stalemate.

Northants were on 250-6, a lead of 87, when bad light brought an early end to proceedings.

The 11 points from the draw pushed Yorkshire into second place in the Division Two table, while Northants - who picked up eight points for their efforts - are nine points behind the Tykes in fourth.

Day Three

Yorkshire built up a first innings lead of 163 after reaching 416 on the third day of their County Championship match against Northamptonshire.

The visitors reached 43-1 in their second innings, reducing their deficit to 120, before bad light ended play 10 overs early at Headingley.

Rain caused eight overs to be lost before the action was able to begin at noon with Yorkshire on 190-3 and Joe Root, on 98 overnight, soon added the two runs he needed to complete his first century at headquarters.

Jonny Bairstow, 36 overnight, raised the century stand in the same over and his half-century followed from 92 balls with eight boundaries.

The fourth wicket pair had put on 147 in 31 overs but the departure of Root for 125 slowed down Yorkshire's progress and they lost their momentum in the afternoon session.

After Anthony McGrath and Gary Ballance had scored 32 together in 11 overs, Ballance offered up a bat and pad catch off James Middlebrook to Alex Wakely at short-leg to leave Yorkshire on 300-6, and it took Azeem Rafiq (37) to bring some much needed lower-order impetus.

Northants' second innings got off to a bad start when Yorkshire seamer Mitchell Starc pinned Middlebrook lbw in the seventh over before Stephen Peters (20no) and Kyle Coetzer (12no) steadied the ship through to stumps.

Day Two

Yorkshire batsman Joe Root made up for lost time with an unbeaten 98 on a truncated second day against Northamptonshire at Headingley.

Root finished just shy of a second championship century as Yorkshire reached 190-3 after rain held up play until 4pm, after which only 40 overs were possible.

Resuming on 27-0 in reply to the visitors' 253, Adam Lyth wasted no time in boosting the score by taking two boundaries off the day's first over from David Willey.

The left-hander also struck a backfoot cover drive for four off Lee Daggett but then slashed at the next delivery and edged to wicketkeeper David Murphy for 25.

Phil Jaques helped Root raise the 50 before he played across the line at Daggett and was lbw to leave Yorkshire on 54-2.

Root was dropped on 25 at first slip off Willey before 18-year-old seamer Oli Stone claimed his maiden first-class wicket as skipper Andrew Gale shuffled across his stumps and was lbw to one which kept a shade low.

But both Root and Jonny Bairstow turned the screw with some stunning strokeplay, although Root had another stroke of luck on 83 in James Middlebrook's second over, the off-spinner pitching down the legside and David Murphy failing stump the opener.

The fourth wicket pair had added 94 in 20 overs together at the close, with Bairstow on 36 not out.

Day One

Yorkshire new boys Steve Patterson and Mitchell Starc were both in the wickets as Northamptonshire were dismissed for 253 on the first day of their clash at Headingley.

Patterson, who received his first team cap before the start of the game, fired out both openers en route to figures of 3-61 while fellow paceman Starc, on his Championship debut, also claimed two early scalps.

With Ryan Sidebottom (3-37) also on form, the visitors were in deep trouble when they were reduced to 45-5 after less than 18 overs.

However, captain Andrew Hall led a spirited rearguard action with a rugged 79, with David Murphy (40) supporting him in a timely sixth-wicket stand of 76.

Con de Lange (23) and David Willey (39) also made valuable contributions lower down the order to help Northants to what was in the end a respectable total.

The hosts then safely saw out five overs before the close with openers Adam Lyth and Joe Root still intact.

Match Details

30th May - 2nd Jun 2012
Northamptonshire won the toss and elected to bat.
Headingley Carnegie
P J Hartley and M J Saggers

northants BATTING CARD

Batsman R
Peters b Patterson 22
Middlebrook lbw b M A Starc 9
Coetzer c Root b Rafiq 39
Wakely b M A Starc 66
White b Patterson 42
Hall c Bairstow b M A Starc 7
Murphy not out 31
C.d.W. De Lange not out 20
Extras 2nb, 7b, 5lb 14
Total 89.0 Overs 250 - 6
Full Batting Card


Bowler O M R W
Sidebottom 18 5 51 0
Patterson 24 11 46 2
Rafiq 23 6 66 1
M A Starc 16 4 50 3
McGrath 5 1 19 0
Root 3 1 6 0
Full Bowling Card