Rain denies Northants
Yorkshire secure 10th draw in 12 games
Last Updated: 04/08/12 3:09pm
Joe Root: Top-scored for Yorkshire on day four
Northamptonshire's hopes of forcing a win on the last day of their LV= County Championship Division Two match against Yorkshire were thwarted as yet more torrential rain led to a draw at Wantage Road.
The visitors began the day on five without loss, 98 runs behind their opponents with openers Adam Lyth and Joe Root resuming on three and two respectively.
However, they had stumbled to 74-3 just after lunch with only 35 overs bowled. Lyth (15) departed when he slashed Olly Stone to Kyle Coetzer at point before James Middlebrook knocked off the top stump of Phil Jacques (7).
Root top-scored with 38 before edging David Willey's delivery to Stephen Peters at second slip before the latest deluge to have afflicted this match forced an early finish. Only two overs were bowled after lunch when a thunder storm halted play for good.
The match was officially abandoned at 2.10pm, meaning that Yorkshire remain unbeaten in the County Championship - the result being their 10th draw in 12 games. Northants come out of this match with 10 points and Yorkshire seven.
Northamptonshire opener Stephen Peters completed his first hundred in a year but more rain disrupted the third day of his side's match against Yorkshire at Wantage Road.
Peters turned his overnight 74 into 107 and David Willey smashed a career-best 76 off 91 deliveries as Northamptonshire were bowled out for 352, a first-innings lead of 103.
Joe Root took a smart catch at short-leg off leg-spinner Adil Rashid's bowling to get rid of Peters before rain forced the players off, prompting an early lunch.
It rained persistently and heavily and there were large puddles around the outfield by the time it finally stopped in the afternoon and play eventually restarted at 4.30pm.
When the play restarted, Willey raced his way to a run-a-ball 50 before he was bowled by Rashid, who finished with 5-105.
Openers Adam Lyth (3no) and Root (2no) took Yorkshire to 5-0 in their second innings at the close.
With a bleak forecast for the final day, the Tykes appear to be heading for their 10th draw in their last 12 Championship fixtures.
Stephen Peters helped Northamptonshire get within sight of Yorkshire's first-innings total on a rain-shortened second day at Wantage Road.
Opener Peters was unbeaten on 74 from 158 deliveries when bad weather forced an early finish to proceedings, the hosts closing on 175-3.
Having bowled the Tykes out for 249 on the opening day, Northants were given a solid platform at the start of their response by an opening stand of 66 between Kyle Coetzer (31) and Peters.
Azeem Rafiq eventually ended the alliance while David Sales managed only 11 before nicking Richard Pyrah to second slip, leaving the score at 89-2.
Alex Wakely provided Phil Jaques with his second catch when he edged Adil Rashid, before several rain breaks left Yorkshire frustrated.
They were no happier when Rob Newton (40 not out) combined with Peters in an unbroken 69-run partnership, particularly when they thought they had the former caught behind when he had just nine to his name.
Seamer Lee Daggett took 3-64 as Northamptonshire bowled out promotion-chasing Yorkshire for 249 on the first day of their Division Two match at Wantage Road.
James Middlebrook and David Willey both took two wickets for the hosts.
Former Australia batsman Phil Jaques provided the most resistance, with 75 off 142 balls, but too many of his team-mates were guilty of getting out to poor shots.
Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale was given a second life on 24 when David Sales put down a straightforward catch at second slip off the bowling of Willey.
Jaques went on to complete his half-century off 101 deliveries by guiding Daggett through cover for four as the third-wicket pair's partnership went to 104.
It was finally broken when Jaques was run out by a direct hit by Daggett from mid-off when he and Gale tried to run a quick single off Middlebrook.
Gale followed for 38 in the next over when he chipped Daggett's delivery straight back to the bowler.