Weather wins at Wantage Road

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Northamptonshire's hopes of forcing a win on the last day of their LV= County Championship match against Yorkshire were thwarted as yet more torrential rain led to a draw at Wantage Road.

Yorkshire had stumbled to 74 for three just after lunch and still trailed by 29 when the latest deluge to have afflicted the match forced an early finish.

Olly Stone, James Middlebrook and David Willey had taken early wickets that, on a dry day, would have given Northants the chance of becoming the first team to beat Yorkshire in a four-day fixture this season.

James Middlebrook

James Middlebrook claimed the 400th first-class wicket of his career before rain put paid to any chance of a positive result at Wantage Road

The White Rose remain unbeaten in Division Two, however, and, although this was their 10th draw in 12 games, they are still very much in the hunt for promotion.

Yorkshire began the day on five without loss but soon lost two wickets.

Adam Lyth was caught at point off teenage paceman Stone for 15, while Phil Jaques had just seven to his name when Middlebrook knocked back his off stump.

It was the Northants spinner's 400th wicket in first-class cricket and came against the county where he began his career.

Willey was brought back for a second spell in the 33rd over and had Joe Root caught at second slip for 38 with his fourth delivery.

Yorkshire failed to score from the last 46 balls of the morning session, but only two overs were bowled after lunch as bad light was followed by the forecast rain.

The ground staff did not even have time to cover up the square before it became waterlogged. There were also puddles around the outfield - a problem Wantage Road has experienced often in recent times - and it was very clear play would not get back under way.

An official abandoment was announced at 2:10pm; Northants take 10 points from the game to Yorkshire’s seven.

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