Northamptonshire match drags out to a draw

Northamptonshire skipper Andrew Hall
Northamptonshire skipper Andrew Hall

Stewart Walters fell two short of his second century of the season as Glamorgan batted out a draw on the final day of their LV= County Championship Division Two clash with Northamptonshire at Cardiff.

Walters scored 98 from 226 balls with 14 fours and Marcus North contributed 57 as Glamorgan reached 302 for five in reply to Northamptonshire’s 432 for eight declared.

Glamorgan took eight points from the match to Northamptonshire’s six.

It was a tame final day as the captains - Mark Wallace and Andrew Hall - could not agree to set up a game.

Glamorgan resumed on 10 without loss but with little to play for they reached 75 for two at lunch from 43 overs - at a pitiful run rate of 1.74.

There was little to entertain the crowd with very few runs and two wickets.

The first of those to fall was in the 13th over of the day when he was stumped by wicketkeeper David Murphy from slow left armer Con de Lange’s third ball from the River Taff end.

Nick James, in for his second match after Gareth Rees was dropped, played well enough for 36 before he had a rush of blood to the head and attempted to hit off-spinner Robert Keogh back over his head.

But James failed and was bowled to give Keogh his first County Championship wicket on debut.

De Lange thought he had a second victim on the stroke of lunch but Stephen Peters put down a difficult chance at short midwicket when North had made just one run.

After lunch, mainly through Glamorgan looked to increase their poor run rate, which was only 1.74 per over in the morning.

North scored his sixth half-century in 12 championship innings this season. It came in 85 balls with 10 fours.

But North went shortly after reaching his own half-century to a fine one-handed catch by Alex Wakely off Hall. Wakely had to leave the field, however for treatment on an injured finger.

Three overs later Ben Wright was neatly stumped down the leg-side by David Murphy standing up to Lee Daggett. It left Glamorgan 177 for four.

Walters and Allenby put on 101 for the fifth wicket before Walters was bowled via an inside edge by Hall as Glamorgan went in search of a third batting point.

Allenby and Wallace took Glamorgan to a third batting point before both sides shook hands.