Rain saves the day for Northants in Essex encounter

Ben Sanderson was the only man to be dismissed on day four (picture: Dave Ikin)
Ben Sanderson was the only man to be dismissed on day four (picture: Dave Ikin)
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The inclement weather saved Northants on the final day of their County Championship Division Two clash with Essex at the County Ground.

Essex were denied the chance to push for a third win in the Championship this season as the rain only allowed six overs to be bowled on day four.

Northants, after a fourth-straight draw at home this season and sixth stalemate in seven matches, took 11 points.

The final day began on time under leaden skies and a howling wind with Northants resuming on 56 for four in their second innings, still trailing by 140.

They lost nightwatchman Ben Sanderson in the fifth over of the mornin, giving Ravi Bopara a seventh wicket in the match.

But only one more over was possible before heavy rain arrived and conditions did not improve throughout the afternoon.