James Sales seals thrilling draw for Northants with maiden first-class fifty

James Sales seals thrilling draw for Northants with maiden first-class fifty


Durham thwarted by tenth-wicket pair as contest goes down to the wire

Northamptonshire 183 (Procter 76, Potts 4-42) and 231 for 9 (Sales 53, Potts 4-68) drew with Durham 400 (Potts 81, Trevaskis 77*, Borthwick 73)

James Sales’ maiden first-class fifty helped Northamptonshire salvage a draw with Durham in their LV= Insurance County Championship Division Two clash at Wantage Road.

All-rounder Sales, the 18-year-old son of former Northamptonshire batter David, struck a sublime 53 off 120 deliveries on his second red-ball appearance to lead a gritty final day rear-guard.

Luke Procter scored 44, while unbeaten Simon Kerrigan ate up a heroic 135 balls as they edged into a lead with 10 overs to spare, to make sure their side avoided defeat.

Durham had taken wickets throughout the day, with Matty Potts taking 4 for 48 – to return career-best match figures of 8 for 90 – but neither he nor his attack partners could find a complete set as Northamptonshire reached 231 for 9 at the close.

After a washed-out day three, Durham required 10 wickets, Northamptonshire needed to bat out the day or wipe out a 217-run deficit and not leave enough time for any chase.

Emilio Gay survived a spill at third slip and a strong lbw appeal but was snatched at second slip when trying to work Potts into the legside.

Ricardo Vasconcelos edged behind to give Rushworth his 55th Championship wicket of the season – the sixth time he has reached that figure- before Rob Keogh was adjudged lbw to Ben Raine.

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