County Championship: Rob Newton & Steven Crook tons secure Northants draw

Rob Newton
Rob Newton was making his first Championship appearance of the season for Northants
Specsavers County Championship Division Two, Bristol County Ground
Gloucestershire v Northamptonshire, day four
Northamptonshire 176 & 399-8 dec: Newton 108, Crook 103*; Payne 3-72
Gloucestershire 418
Match drawn
Gloucestershire 11 pts, Northamptonshire 7 pts
Match scorecard

Rob Newton and Steven Crook scored centuries as Northants batted through the entire final day to secure a draw with Gloucestershire at Bristol.

Opener Newton was 58 not out overnight and passed three figures off 208 balls.

He was bowled for 108 by David Payne (3-72) shortly after he had taken his side, who resumed 122 runs behind on 120-3, to a slender lead.

Crook (103 not out), supported by lower-order colleagues, took Northants to 399-8 when a draw was agreed.

Northants are still to win a Championship game in 2016, registering a fifth draw in six matches, while Gloucestershire have drawn four of their six fixtures.