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|
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.