County Championship: Gloucestershire & Northants kept waiting for promotion

county championship gloucestershire northants kept waiting for promotion - County Championship: Gloucestershire & Northants kept waiting for promotion
Ben Charlesworth has spent almost four hours at the crease for his 77 not out
Specsavers County Championship Division Two, Bristol County Ground (day three):
Gloucestershire 220-7: Van Buuren 93, Charlesworth 77*
Northants: Yet to bat
Glos 1 pt, Northants 2 pts

Gloucestershire and Northants are still waiting to confirm their promotion to Division One following another rain-shortened day in Bristol.

With bad weather severely affecting Glamorgan’s game at Durham, a draw should be enough to send both sides up.

A wet outfield at the County Ground saw the start of day three delayed until 15:00 BST with the hosts on 80-6.

Graeme van Buuren (93) fell just before the hosts closed on 220-7, while Ben Charlesworth was unbeaten on 77.

Teenager Charlesworth and van Buuren extended their seventh-wicket stand to 151 before the latter edged Gareth Berg behind with a couple of overs left in the day.

Second-placed Northants went into the game needing a maximum of four points for promotion, while Gloucestershire, in third, required nine points to go up.

But that was dependent on Glamorgan winning their fixture at Chester-le-Street with the full 24 points, which is now extremely unlikely to happen with Durham yet to complete their first innings.

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