Honours even at Northants
Lance Klusener top-scored on day four at Northampton, as the Steelbacks were forced to settle for a draw against Middlesex.
By Adam Norman
Last Updated: 17/08/07 9:37pm
LV County Championship - Division Two
Northampton - Day four
Middlesex 400-7 dec (O A Shah 189 no, E C Joyce 106) v Northamptonshire 335-9 (L Klusener 89, D H Wigley 70, C J L Rogers 51)
Northamptonshire (9pts) drew with Middlesex (12pts)
Lance Klusener top-scored on day four at Northampton, as the Steelbacks were forced to settle for a draw in their weather-hit match against Middlesex.
Owais Shah added another 12 runs to his overnight score before Middlesex declared on 400-7.
Jamie Dalrymple then picked up three wickets for 86 runs for the visitors, while Chaminda Vaas, Alan Richardson and Murali Kartik took two wickets apiece.
Chris Rogers notched an early half-century before former South Africa international Klusener and David Wigley went on to share a record 139 eighth-wicket partnership to save the innings.
Wigley hit a career-best 70 before losing his wicket in the final over, as Northamptonshire closed their first innings, with Ryan Logan and Jason Brown's wickets still in tact.
Day threeOwais Shah and Ed Joyce both made centuries as Middlesex reached 380-7 in their first innings against Northamptonshire at Wantage Road.
There had been just 9.2 overs possible due to inclement weather on the opening two days, but the visiting batsmen made up for lost time on day three.
Shah and Joyce shared a third-wicket stand of 196 after coming together at 36-2.
Irishman Joyce contributed 106 from 153 balls, while Shah finished the day unbeaten on 177 having hit 17 fours and three sixes.
Only 9.2 overs were possible on the second day between Northamptonshire and Middlesex at Wantage Road.
In that brief passage, Middlesex reached 21-1 after captain Ed Smith won the toss and elected to bat first, play getting started 15 minutes behind schedule.
Opening batsman Smith survived an edge off Richard Logan in the third over that dropped just short of gully, but the rain the returned to force an early lunch.
Play did resume again after lunch, and, one delivery after Middlesex's openers turned down an offer of bad light, David Wigley had Smith caught in the slips for 15.
That was the final act as rain and thunder arrived to curtail play for the day, with Smith's opening partner Nick Compton on six not out.
Day one of Northamptonshire's LV County Championship game against Middlesex was washed out by the rain.
Umpires Neil Bainton and Richard Illingworth waited until 3.30pm before making the decision, which seemed inevitable with the rain still falling.
And with showers forecast for Wednesday, it seems unlikely promotion-chasing Middlesex will get the opportunity to claim maximum points.
The visitors are currently lying fourth in the table with two games in hand on the top three.