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Hants frustrated by middle-order fightback
10:09pm Wednesday 15th August 2012 in Hampshire Cricket
Hampshire struggled to capitalise on a dream start as they continued their LV County Championship promotion bid against Northants.
Having reduced the visitors to 98 for five after a rain-delayed start, Rob Newton and James Middlebrook frustrated Hampshire with an unbroken, 72-run partnership.
Their combination of youth and experience helped Northants overcome the loss of their top order against James Tomlinson (2-27) and David Balcombe (2-16).
Newton, 22, was unbeaten on 46 at the close and found a willing partner in veteran former Middlesex man Middlebrook, who contributed 26.
Northants reached 170-5 at stumps, rain having ensured that only half a day’s play was possible.