Northamptonshire v Essex
LV County Championship 2008 (Division 2)
VenueCounty Ground, Northampton on 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th September 2008 (4-day match)
Balls per over6
TossNorthamptonshire won the toss and decided to bat
ResultMatch drawn
PointsNorthamptonshire 7 (Batting 3); Essex 9 (Batting 2, Bowling 3)
UmpiresMJ Harris, PJ Hartley
ScorersAE Choat (Essex), AC Kingston (Northamptonshire)
Close of play day 1No play
Close of play day 2Essex (1) 18/0 (Gallian 14*, Maunders 4*; 14 overs)
Close of play day 3Essex (1) 256/2 (Bopara 65*, Pettini 50*; 81 overs)

Northamptonshire first inningsRunsBallsMins4s6s
SD Petersb Bopara411101376- 
+NJ O'Brienb Middlebrook4559789- 
RA Whitec ten Doeschate b Bopara2428324- 
DJG Salesrun out596511082 
MH Wesselslbw b Napier1718223- 
L Klusenerc Gallian b Napier011-- 
*N Bojec Pettini b Bopara37283761 
AJ Hallnot out3478833- 
JJ van der Wathc Foster b Middlebrook1732423- 
MS Panesarlbw b Middlebrook4971- 
DS Lucaslbw b Napier149-- 
Extras(4 b, 8 lb, 10 nb, 3 w)25
Total(all out, 71.1 overs)304
Fall of wickets:
1-67 (O'Brien), 2-101 (White), 3-135 (Peters), 4-175 (Wessels), 5-175 (Klusener), 6-243 (Boje), 7-261 (Sales), 8-287 (van der Wath), 9-293 (Panesar), 10-304 (Lucas, 71.1 ov)
Essex bowlingOversMdnsRunsWktsWidesNo-Balls
Masters17   6360--
Middlebrook15   1653--
Wright11   2520--
Bopara10   072335
Flower3   0120--
ten Doeschate6   3160--

Essex first inningsRunsBallsMins4s6s
JER Gallianc White b Boje7216722310- 
JK Maundersc Wessels b Panesar6214915071 
RS Boparanot out651131418- 
*ML Pettininot out50576833 
GW Flowerdid not bat      
+JS Fosterdid not bat      
RN ten Doeschatedid not bat      
GR Napierdid not bat      
JD Middlebrookdid not bat      
CJC Wrightdid not bat      
DD Mastersdid not bat      
Extras(1 b, 5 lb, 1 w)7
Total(2 wickets, declared, 81 overs)256
Fall of wickets:
1-113 (Maunders), 2-168 (Gallian)
Northamptonshire bowlingOversMdnsRunsWktsWidesNo-Balls
van der Wath3   230--
Lucas22   6660--
Boje20   28111-

Northamptonshire second inningsRunsBallsMins4s6s
SD Petersnot out130767922- 
+NJ O'Brienc Pettini b Foster5843478- 
RA Whitenot out61263036 
DJG Salesdid not bat      
MH Wesselsdid not bat      
L Klusenerdid not bat      
*N Bojedid not bat      
AJ Halldid not bat      
JJ van der Wathdid not bat      
MS Panesardid not bat      
DS Lucasdid not bat      
Extras(2 nb)2
Total(1 wicket, declared, 24 overs)251
Fall of wickets:
1-159 (O'Brien)
Essex bowlingOversMdnsRunsWktsWidesNo-Balls
Foster12   01221-1
Pettini12   01290--

Essex second inningsRunsBallsMins4s6s
JER Gallianlbw b Lucas032-- 
JK Maundersc Boje b Klusener2652 3- 
RS Boparalbw b Boje2423 4- 
*ML Pettininot out918191- 
+JS Fosternot out001-- 
GW Flowerdid not bat      
RN ten Doeschatedid not bat      
GR Napierdid not bat      
JD Middlebrookdid not bat      
CJC Wrightdid not bat      
DD Mastersdid not bat      
Extras(1 b)1
Total(3 wickets, 16 overs)60
Fall of wickets:
1-2 (Gallian), 2-46 (Bopara), 3-60 (Maunders, 16 ov)
Northamptonshire bowlingOversMdnsRunsWktsWidesNo-Balls
Lucas3   0191--
Klusener8   1241--
Boje5   1161--

--> JER Gallian (1) passed 15000 runs in first-class matches when he reached 72
--> RS Bopara (1) passed 1000 runs in first-class matches for the season when he reached 24
--> SD Peters (2) 100 in 59 balls, 55 minutes with 18 fours
--> RA White (2) passed 3000 runs in County Championship matches when he reached 20
--> RA White (2) passed 3500 runs in first-class matches when he reached 26
--> JD Middlebrook reached 300 wickets in first-class matches when he dismissed MS Panesar, his 3rd wicket in the Northamptonshire first innings

GR Napier kept wicket in the Northamptonshire second innings
In the final innings, JS Foster walked on to the field of play and reached, approximately, half way to the wicket before rain stopped play. Thee match was never resumed. In these circumstances Foster was assumed to have started his innings though he did not face a ball.





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