Cricket – Essex managed to grind out a draw in their County Championship match at Wantage Road.
All-rounder Jesse Ryder hit 124 while Tom Westley made 179.
The visitors declared on 506-9, giving them a lead of 339.
Northants had reached 115-3 – with Richard Levi 53 not out – when the match was brought to an end.
This evening, In the T20 Blast North Group, Northamptonshire are at home to fellow strugglers Derbyshire.
The game starts at 6-30pm.