Middlesex secure Northants draw
|LV County Championship Division Two, Lord's|
|Middlesex 317 & 313-8 dec drew with Northants 399|
|Northants 11pts, Middlesex 9pts|
Chris Rogers struck a century as Middlesex staved off the threat of defeat to draw against Northants.
The home team resumed their second innings on 58-4 - still 24 runs behind - and had only moved to 78 when Jamie Dalrymple was bowled by Chaminda Vaas.
But Rogers (145) and John Simpson (72) killed off the visitors' hopes of forcing a victory by putting on 188 for the sixth wicket.
Middlesex eventually declared on 313 before the captains shook hands.
There could have been a different outcome if Rob White had held onto a catch when Rogers edged Andrew Hall to him at slip.
At the time Rogers was on 61 and Middlesex were only 36 ahead.
But that chance went down and Hall later dropped Simpson off James Middlebrook when he was on 47.
By the time Rogers was eventually out lbw to White, Middlesex were 184 runs ahead and well on their way to securing the draw.
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Middlesex skipper Neil Dexter told BBC London 94.9:
"At four down we were very nervous going into today but I think what we've shown throughout this season is we've stuck together through the good times and the bad.
"I think we've shown a lot of promising fightbacks in a lot of games and this has proved what we've worked on and how far we've come as a team.
"Simpson is in good form and the way he applied himself with Chris Rogers was an exceptional effort and we do have a belief now that we can get ourselves our of tough situations."