Rain wrecks Middx victory hopes at Northampton

LV County Championship Division Two, Wantage Road
Match Drawn. Northants 276 & 22-0, Middlesex 479-8 dec
Middlesex 10pts, Northants 6pts
Match scorecard
LV County Championship

Rain wrecked Middlesex's hopes of victory in the Division Two top-of-the-table clash at Northampton as the entire final day was washed out.

After enjoying a 203-run first innings lead, Middlesex had a chance to bowl out the home side and eat into their lead at the top.

But, instead, they had to settle for a draw, making up just three points on the second division leaders.

Middlesex are now 18 points behind Northants, but with a game in hand.

They play again next Tuesday, against Leicestershire at Lord's, while Northants return to action a day later agains third-placed Surrey at Wantage Road.

POST-MATCH VIEWS

Middlesex centurion Dawid Malan told BBC Radio London 94.9:

"I've been hitting the ball well all year. I've just finally been able to get a couple of scores behind myself to be honest. I'm happy I am cashing in when I get a start. It's been either nothing or lots.

"This is the toughest season of my life so far in any form I've played so I found it quiet tough but I've got through it, so hopefully I can continue to score runs and finish the season on a real high.

"It was my day. Tomorrow could be someone else's day. I'm just lucky and happy to be playing at the moment."

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