Repeat Newton feat earns draw
Rob Newton scored his second century of the match as Northamptonshire rescued a draw on the final day against LV= County Championship Division Two leaders Derbyshire at Wantage Road.
Derbyshire's captain Wayne Madsen and wicketkeeper Tom Poynton fell 22 runs short of setting a new world-record ninth-wicket partnership as the visitors were finally bowled out for a massive 569.
It was the third highest ninth-wicket stand in the history of first-class cricket and Madsen finished unbeaten on a colossal 231.
Newton then made a career-best 119 not out to help the hosts recover from 37 for four and reach 212 without further loss when the sides shook hands.
Derbyshire now lead second-placed Hampshire, who lost to Leicestershire today, by 17 points with a game in hand.
The visitors began the day on 512 for eight, 112 ahead, with Madsen resuming on 223 and Poynton on 105.
Their partnership stood at 259, meaning that they needed another 25 to break Derbyshire pair Arnold Warren and John Chapman's ninth-wicket record of 283 set in 1910 against Warwickshire at Blackwell.
However, Poynton added just a single before Jack Brooks sent his off stump tumbling with the eighth ball of the day to end the alliance at 261.
Tim Groenewald’s 35-ball 42 dominated a last-wicket stand of 55 until he launched Lee Daggett to Alex Wakely at long-off.
Trailing by 169, Northants' second innings began badly when Kyle Coetzer, on 15, edged Groenewald to Poynton in the 10th over.
In the next, Wakely was superbly taken by Usman Khawaja's one-handed catch at short midwicket off Tony Palladino.
Ireland international Niall O'Brien was soon trapped lbw by David Wainwright before Northants captain Andrew Hall walked when he was taken by Poynton off Palladino with the last ball before lunch.
Northants resumed after the interval in deep trouble, but the fifth-wicket pair of Newton and David Sales managed to stem the tide as they added 175.
Newton comfortably reached his fifty, but he was given a reprieve on 91 when he was dropped at long-leg by Matt Lineker off Groenewald.
He then completed his ton to become the 11th Northants batsman to score a century in both innings of a match, and the first since Chris Rogers at Taunton in 2006.
Sales, who today signed a contract extension until the end of next season, then brought up a half-century before the teams agreed enough was enough and settled for the draw.