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Middlesex and Northants fizzles into draw

Eoin Morgan made 81 but Middlesex were frustrated
Eoin Morgan made 81 but Middlesex were frustrated

Middlesex's title hopes suffered a blow as their LV= County Championship match against Northamptonshire at Lord's drifted into a draw.

After setting the visitors 303 to win from 56 overs, the host county were only able to take three wickets as the captains shook hands on the draw shortly into the final hour.

Despite being on top throughout the game, Middlesex's chances of winning disappeared on the third day as former Panther Steven Crook made his maiden first-class ton, though a quickfire 81* from Eoin Morgan gave Chris Rogers' men hope of an unlikely victory.

Declaring on 199/5 shortly after lunch, Rogers would have hoped that his bowlers could roll over a Northants team low on confidence after seven straight defeats rooted to the bottom of the Division One table.

However thanks to an unbeaten 29 from Matthew Spriegel, a Middlesex victory was never a serious possibility, and their hopes of winning the championship in their 150th year is now in serious doubt.

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