Seconds draw at Horsham

Northamptonshire drew with Sussex at the end of an absorbing final day's play in the Second XI Championship match at Horsham on Thursday.

Left to score 242 in a minimum of 55 overs - and with no time lost to the weather, in contrast to the first team's frustrating experience at Colchester - the County closed on 213-8, only shutting up shop when the eighth wicket fell.

Josh Tolley top-scored with 49, four batsmen (James Kettleborough, Matt Spriegel, Luke Blackaby and Christian Davis) all got into the 20s and 15-year-old Saif Zaib impressed again with an unbeaten 39 including a couple of sixes and five fours.

Earlier, Sussex had moved from their overnight 181-2 to a declaration just after lunch on 352-5.  Ben Brown (104) completed his second century of the match while Luke Evans picked up a couple of wickets.

The seconds are back in action next Wednesday (August 28) when they start a three-day Championship match against MCC Universities at Desborough.

 

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