The match between Northants and Durham entered the final days play finely poised, with the visitors on top, as they started the day on 178 for 5, leading by 252 runs.
Northants came out firing in the morning session, with Andrew Hall in particular ripping through the Durham line up. Chambers picked up the first wicket of the day as he clean bowled danger man Richardson for 59, before Hall got going taking three wickets in the session and finishing with figures of 3 for 57. Middlebrook picked up the other wicket of the day, which gave him figures of 5 for 62.
Needing 319 to win, following the lunch break Northants much like the first innings struggled to put a lengthy partnership together, which affected the run chase. Rob Newton was Northants’ star of the innings, playing a real anchor role scoring 48 not out, as he lasted all day, as wickets fell around him. All Northants fans were nervous as the game neared its conclusion, as Newton and Muhammad Azhar Ullah (14 not out) held on in the last 9 overs, to give Northants a draw and take 11 points from the match.
Next up for Northants is another tough game, as they travel to Leeds to take on title favourites Yorkshire, who are packed with International stars. The game against Yorkshire starts on Sunday at 11am, follow @NorthantsCCC on Twitter, for regular match updates.