Northants v Hampshire, Northampton, 4th day June 1, 2013

Hall makes final day century

Northamptonshire 425 for 9 dec. (Hall 130*, Murphy 81) drew with Hampshire 206 (Dawson 76, Copeland 4-56)

Andrew Hall struck his second century in consecutive County Championship games as Division Two leaders Northamptonshire's clash with Hampshire predictably petered out into a draw.

Hall, who also made a ton against Leicestershire at Wantage Road two weeks ago, piled on an unbeaten 130 from 295 balls, as Northants eventually declared on 425 for 9, prompting the two captains to shake hands.

Wicketkeeper David Murphy also made a career-best 81 off 119 deliveries with James Tomlinson the pick of Hampshire's bowlers, taking 3 for 75 as his team-mates were made to toil in the field.

Northants began the day on 159 for 5, 47 runs behind their opponents, with former South Africa allrounder Hall resuming on 29 and James Middlebrook on 8. But Middlebrook added just two to his overnight total before Tomlinson's delivery crashed into his off stump in the fifth over of the day.

Tomlinson struck again in his next over when David Willey edged him to former Zimbabwe international Sean Ervine at first slip to depart for a six-ball duck. But Hall stuck around to complete a patient half-century from 116 deliveries as part of a 117-run partnership with Australia international Trent Copeland.

Copeland was given a second chance on 34 when he was dropped at second slip by Liam Dawson off David Balcombe before he raced to 50 off 63 balls. He and Hall surpassed Northants' previous record eighth-wicket stand against Hampshire of 95, made between Nigel Felton and Winston Davis at Bournemouth in 1990.

Copeland eventually departed on 63 from the third ball after lunch when he was trapped lbw by Danny Briggs before Hall completed his 14th century in first-class cricket off 209 balls. He had now been joined at the crease by Murphy and he comfortably completed his first half-century of the season off 80 deliveries.

The pair went on to set a new record ninth-wicket partnership for the hosts against their opponents, going past the 97 shared between Gordon Williamson and Keith Andrew at Northampton in 1961.

Northants resumed after tea on 390 for 8 with seeing out time the only priority, although Murphy did exceed his previous best of 79, which he struck against Glamorgan in May 2011. He finally perished when he launched Hampshire captain Jimmy Adams to Ervine at mid-on to break the partnership on 132.

The draw was then agreed 10 minutes later at 4:50pm, with Northants coming out of this contest with nine points and Hampshire six.

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  • Shaun on June 2, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    Good to see Hally getting amongst the runs. I think Northants have the best batting tail in the world! Copeland as ever reliable and Murphy now batting below Copeland! The last 2 wickets where the highest partnerships with Hally. Amazing. I think Northants knew no result was likely so went after the bonus points. Trying to increase the lead on the table. Lets not forget with the weather other results have been draws also. Also it gave the bowlers time to relax as they have another list a game on today.

  • Andrew on June 2, 2013, 10:12 GMT

    Norths bottom 5 batsmen are more lethal than their top 6. Copeland should actually state to the NSP he is abatsmen that is handy with the ball!

  • Adrian on June 1, 2013, 22:48 GMT

    Ok, I never ever got anywhere close to playing a high class of cricket (although I did get once get in the 'pink un' with a five-for with my leg spin) but I really wonder why Northants (and other teams in a similar position) couldn't declare with a lead of 100 or so with the best part of two sessions left to have an attacking dart at the opposition for a win.Too often games drift to a draw. With a 100 lead, get the field in close and ATTACK, ATTACK, ATTACK. Nothing lost, except maybe one bonus point, but as they say "Who dares wins!" Anyway, now that's off my chest-well played Northants, still unbeaten!

  • Dummy4 on June 1, 2013, 22:26 GMT

    What inane tactics by Northants. What were they trying to achieve? They bowl the opposition out for just over 200, get a big lead but then make no attempt to win the match.

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