County Championship: Rain forces Essex to settle for a draw against Northants

The County Ground, Northampton
Northants have drawn all four of their Division Two Championship matches at home this season
Specsavers County Championship Division Two, County Ground, Northampton
Northamptonshire v Essex
Northamptonshire 444 & 75-5: Bopara 2-25, Quinn 2-26
Essex 640: Ten Doeschate 145, Foster 113, Mickleburgh 103; Gleeson 4-105
Match drawn
Northamptonshire 11 pts, Essex 12 pts
Match scorecard

Essex were denied the opportunity to push for a third Division Two victory after rain saw just six overs bowled on the final day against Northamptonshire.

The visitors required six wickets at the County Ground to clinch the win and nightwatchman Ben Sanderson fell lbw to Ravi Bopara (2-25) off the final ball of the fourth over of the day.

Rain halted play at 11:25 BST with the hosts on 75-5, still trailing by 121.

The match was abandoned at 16:50 BST, as both sides settled for a draw.

Essex remain top of Division Two, while Northants' sixth Championship draw in seven matches leaves them seventh.