After three days in difficult cricketing conditions, Northamptonshire 2nd XI and Loughborough UCCE battled out a draw at Brockington ground.

Northamptonshire made two changes from their win over Glamorgan, with seamers Tom Taylor and trialist Billy Wightman coming into the side.

Skipper Harry Gouldstone lost the toss and was forced into the field as Loughborough made a steady 220-4 until leg spinner Alex Russell came into the attack.

Russell ripped through the Loughborough batting order, ending with incredible figures of 6-10 from 9.1 overs and leaving the hosts 249 all out.

George Tait top scored for Loughborough and fell just short of a century as he was dismissed for 95 by Russell.

Northamptonshire made a steady start to their first innings, but bad light took the players off the field 95 overs in and left them 60-0 at the end of day 1.

The 2nd XI continued their strong performance on Day 2, with trialist Justin Broad and Gouldstone advancing to 119 without loss before Broad was dismissed for 59.

The attack from Northamptonshire didn’t stop there as Saif Zaib joined Gouldstone at the crease. The pair put on 159 for the second wicket, with both batsmen reaching centuries to give the county a strong lead.

Gouldstone top scored on 133 and was ably backed up by Zaib who went for 103 from just 109 deliveries.

Gus Miller and trialist Will Masojada scored 64 and 33 respectively, allowing Northamptonshire to declare on 451/5 at the end of day two with a lead of 202.

As the teams went into the last day, Loughborough managed to fight back and posted a score of 369/4 from the 85 overs that were managed to be played.

Joe Macgregor top scored for the hosts with 131 not out and Oliver Meadows hit 108 off 140 deliveries but ultimately both teams ran out of time to find a result and the game ended in a stalemate.

Thanks and credit to the ground staff at Loughborough who managed to allow as much play as possible despite the late change in venue and difficult weather conditions.