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Gary Pratt

Gary Pratt's second-innings 149 avoided an innings defeat and secured a draw

Cumberland held on for a thrilling draw against Northumberland after former Durham batsman Gary Pratt’s second-innings century helped them avoid defeat after being forced to follow on at Jesmond.

Needing 185 for victory, Northumberland closed on 173 for seven as Paul Hindmarch’s 4-84 meant Mark Wood’s 55 was in vain.

Pratt, who famously ran out Ricky Ponting as a substitute fielder at Trent Bridge during the 2005 Ashes, struck 149 out of Cumberland’s 401 - 300 more than they managed first time.

Gary Scott’s unbeaten 176 had set up Northumberland’s first innings 318 before team-mate Marc Symington’s 5-28 ensured a 217-run first-innings lead.