Northamptonshire lose out in Championship thriller

Northants v Glamorgan, County Ground, Wantage Road, Northampton.'Chaminda Vaas.
Northants v Glamorgan, County Ground, Wantage Road, Northampton.'Chaminda Vaas.
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Marcus North, Jim Allenby and Mark Wallace all struck half-centuries as Glamorgan claimed their first LV= County Championship Division Two win of the season with a thrilling three-wicket victory over Northamptonshire at Wantage Road.

With two days lost due to the weather, both sides had little choice but to agree on a run chase if anything positive was to be gained from the contest.

Northants v Glamorgan, County Ground, Wantage Road, Northampton.'Jack Brooks.

Northants v Glamorgan, County Ground, Wantage Road, Northampton.'Jack Brooks.

The hosts moved their total on to 350 in the first few minutes of the day to collect a fourth bonus point before Andrew Hall called time.

A pair of forfeited innings later, the visitors were left with the task of overhauling the County’s tally in a minimum of 90 overs, not an impossible task but one requiring a decent effort.

Coaches preach the importance of partnerships as being key to any successful chase but losing a wicket in the first over – Will Bragg edging Chaminda Vaas behind – was the exact opposite.

Stewart Walters and Gareth Rees steadied things comfortably enough until the former dragged on off Andrew Hall, those two wickets being the only ones to fall prior to the lunch break.

Northants v Glamorgan, County Ground, Wantage Road, Northampton.'David Sales.

Northants v Glamorgan, County Ground, Wantage Road, Northampton.'David Sales.

Marcus North loomed as pivotal to Glamorgan’s hopes of victory and he had motored along nicely to 73 before David Willey breached his defence with a perfectly directed yorker in the evening session.

That came after Gareth Rees had been neatly taken at silly point and Ben Wright strangled down the leg-side and with five wickets gone and over 160 still needed, a draw looked inevitable.

But without a win to their name in nine attempts, the Welshmen had little to lose and both Allenby and Wallace continued with a positive approach to keep the result in the balance.

The equation had been reduced to a fraction under 100 from the final 20 overs.

Northants v Glamorgan, County Ground, Wantage Road, Northampton.

Northants v Glamorgan, County Ground, Wantage Road, Northampton.

Allenby completed a terrific half-century off just 68 deliveries while Wallace quickly following suit off 67 balls.

Glamorgan then needed 50 from the last 10, but Wallace holed out when he smashed Kyle Coetzer to Rob Newton at extra cover.

James Harris (6) was then run out by Alex Wakely from backward point but the winning runs came when Allenby scrambled two off Hall with the first ball of the final over.

The County return to action on Sunday when they travel to Brighton to face group leaders Sussex in the Clydesdale Bank 40.

Northants v Glamorgan, County Ground, Wantage Road, Northampton.'David Willey.

Northants v Glamorgan, County Ground, Wantage Road, Northampton.'David Willey.