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Dent ton secures stalemate

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

Dent's 129 not out off 212 balls, including 17 fours and a six, and captain Michael Klinger’s 78 from 181 deliveries eased Gloucestershire to 227 for one as they batted through the day to move up to third in the Division Two table, two points clear of Essex having played a game more.

However, with second-placed Northants coming out of this match with three more bonus points than their opponents the gap between them is now up to 27 points.

Gloucestershire began the day on 31 without loss, 178 runs behind their opponents, with Klinger resuming on 21 and Dent, who went for a four-ball duck in his side's first innings, on 10.

However, 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 and Klinger and Dent comfortably batted through to lunch.

Runs continued to come easily in the afternoon with Klinger the first to go past 50, off 112 balls, with a boundary through fine-leg off Steven Crook.

The pair made their fourth opening partnership of 100-plus of the season with Dent also completing his half-century off 102 deliveries by smacking James Middlebrook to the square-leg boundary.

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, however, was to fall on the final ball before tea when he edged his attempted sweep off White to Andrew Hall, ending their opening 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.

Northants come out of this contest with 11 points and Gloucestershire eight and both sides now have five games left to try and secure their place in Division One next season.