NORTHAMPTON (final day): Northamptonshire 168 and 514-5 dec. (6pts) drew with Worcestershire 400-8 dec. (12pts)
Worcestershire's hopes of a first win in Division Two of the County Championship were foiled by South African Nicky Boje, who scored a match-saving 226 not out, and significant innings by Lance Klusener and Johann Louw at Wantage Road on Saturday.
Boje had resumed on 55 at 161 for two and still needing another 71 to eliminate the arrears. His team ended the match on 514 for five.
He reached his second century this season, having scored 105 against Warwickshire, in the morning session before passing his previous best score, 125 against Leicestershire last season, just before lunch when he had scored 126.
His overnight partner, David Sales (48 not out) reached his half-century by driving Steve Magoffin through the covers in the first over but edged the next delivery to Daryl Mitchell at second slip. Boje continued his sublime strokeplay and his century arrived after he added 45 runs in only 60 balls by clubbing 13 runs off a Gareth Andrew over.
Wicketkeeper Riki Wessels added a quick 14 before Andrew trapped him leg-before to leave the home side 215 for four.
Klusener, Boje's fellow South African, plundered 32 off 42 deliveries and added 77 with his captain as Northamptonshire lunched on 292 for four, with a lead of 60.
The pair dominated the afternoon session in progressing to a 181-run partnership, a club record fifth-wicket stand against Worcester-shire. Klusener's discipline enabled him to reach a fourth half-century this season before, having hit off-spinner Gareth Batty over midwicket for six, he looped Magoffin to Simon Jones, fielding as a substitute, at mid-wicket.
Boje hit four fours in one Chris Whelan over, and reached a double-century that included 31 fours and a six.
Louw bludgeoned 25 before tea after which only an hour's play took place - both captains accepting that neither side could realistically expect to win. Louw raced to 50 off 73 balls and hit five sixes and four fours in an unbeaten 67.