Pakistan handed demanding workout by Rob Newton’s century

Northamptonshire 259 and 240 for 5 (Newton 102*) lead Pakistan 428 (Shafiq 186*, Sohail 79, Babar 57, Crook 4-89, Keogh 4-111) by seventy one runs. Any thoughts of Pakistan wrapping up an early win and heading to Ireland in advance of time table were shelved on the 0.33 afternoon at Northampton as Rob Newton made his thirteenth first-rate century underneath cloudless skies to make sure the vacationers will get a full exercise from their second tour suit before Friday’s Test match against Ireland. It is probably a suitable thing that Newton led Northamptonshire thru 70 overs until the close, nonetheless with 5 wickets in hand going into the remaining day. Pakistan are now likely to get full-size further batting time tomorrow. Azhar Ali in precise should use it after making 15 and 9 on tour so far.

Their bowlers may additionally have idea this was once the UAE and now not England in May after being blunted for a whole lot of a hot, nonetheless afternoon on a slow wicket with Newton main the resistance. Northants started their second innings 169 in the back of after Asad Shafiq extended his overnight one hundred thirty five to 186 no longer out, with the help of No. eleven Rahat Ali in a stand of 56 for the tenth wicket.

Newton, stand-in captain for the recreation with Alex Wakely ruled out with meals poisoning, was struck on the little finger of his right hand with the aid of Mohammad Abbas earlier than lunch but worked the seamers – who once more were inconsistent – round cleverly and observed a better layout to play Shadab Khan’s legspin that had torn via Northants on the opening day.

Shadab nonetheless located some big-turning legbreaks but, with his mystery eroded and the wicket enjoying slower and lower, he was largely nullified. His only successes got here through two batting errors. Richard Levi used to be severely perturbed via movement to the side of the sightscreen, angrily hammered Rahat Ali via mid-off before aiming a slog-sweep at Shadab and was once bowled. Later Josh Cobb reputedly lost awareness after a affected person ninety four fifth-wicket stand with Newton as he walked across his stumps, paddle-swept, neglected and had his middle stump knocked back. A weird dismissal when he and Newton regarded to be seeing out the day.

Newton did not suffer such brain-fades and chose his moments carefully to assault Shadab who remained the most threatening bowler with no assist reachable for the seamers. There were solely two nervous moments for Newton, a flashing edge previous third slip earlier than lunch as Mohammad Amir – so far wicketless in the sport – bought a transport to zip throughout the right-hander and a lofted power towards Shadab that simply cleared mid-off running back.

Newton was quick to catch on whatever brief from the spinners and pulled Shadab through midwicket to go into the 90s before a flick thru midwicket off Amir raised his century in a hundred and eighty balls with eleven fours three overs from the close. His partnership with Cobb and a 56 fourth-wicket stand with Adam Rossington – who went breezily to forty two before slapping Abbas to factor – revived Northants from fifty seven for 3, nonetheless 112 behind, when the Pakistan tour supervisor used to be finding his tour agent’s smartphone wide variety to e book an early arrival in Dublin.

Ben Duckett tried to pulled Rahat and was once strangled down the leg side. The equal bowler trapped Luke Procter lbw as he fell over a full, straight delivery earlier than Levi’s swipe at Shadab. But Newton’s resistance ensured there was once no handy way out of Northampton for Pakistan. That is no awful element with a chance for greater players to gain form on day four to take over the Irish Sea. Shafiq already has some in the financial institution having seized his risk the previous day and on the third morning extended his innings with strokes not going to be wanted in Malahide. He skipped down to Rob Keogh to slap huge of long-on to skip 150 before, left with No. 11 for company, clearing his the front leg to swing three sixes over the leg side, one of which cleared the perimeter wall of the ground.

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