Essex's Mark Pettini & Matt Walker halt Northants

LV County Championship Division Two, Northampton
Northants 538-9 dec drew with Essex 433 & 229-4
Northants 9pts, Essex 9pts
Match scorecard

Mark Pettini and Matt Walker scored half-centuries to secure Essex a draw at Northants.

Essex began the day on 26-0 and soon found themselves struggling on 82-4, with wickets for Chaminda Vaas, Rob White, Andrew Hall and Lee Daggett.

But an unbroken 147-run fifth-wicket partnership between Walker (70no) and Pettini (67no) enabled the visitors to save the game.

Northants remain unbeaten this season, while winless Essex prop up the table.

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