Author: Dafydd Jones
Mammoth knocks from Ricardo Vasconcelos and Rob Keogh led Northamptonshire to victory over Glamorgan, as they successfully chased a target of 355 in 79 overs on the final day.
After Glamorgan declared on 311-5, Vasconcelos’ career-best of 185*, backed up by Keogh’s 126 secured Northants’ first win of the County Championship season.
The victory takes David Ripley’s side to fourth in the table with 40 points, while Glamorgan sit in fifth place with 25 points.
In the first innings, Glamorgan openers Nick Selman and David Lloyd put a platform in place with a partnership of 66.
Northants bowler Gareth Berg found the breakthrough however, as Selman was dismissed for 17, before Berg trapped Andrew Balbirnie lbw for 3.
An impressive knock of 65 by Lloyd was ended by former Glamorgan bowler Wayne Parnell, who also got the key wicket of Billy Root (13).
Having been reduced to 105-4, Matthew Maynard’s side fought back with a superb 54 from Kiran Carlson, along with captain Chris Cooke’s fantastic 136.
Bowler Saif Zaib ended the partnership however, dismissing Carlson and Callum Taylor (0) in consecutive deliveries.
Glamorgan’s tail-end did well to partner Cooke at the crease, as a timely 44 from Dan Douthwaite took the Daffs to 303-7.
Loanee James Harris contributed with 17, while James Weighell (18) and Michael Hogan (25*) took Glamorgan over the 400 mark, before being bowled out for an impressive first innings total of 407.
Glamorgan applied early pressure on the Northants reply, as Vasconcelos (8) was dismissed by Lloyd, while Charlie Thurston (1) was run out by Weighell.
Wickets continued to fall as Harris trapped Keogh (20) and Weighell found the key wicket of Ben Curran (36).
Douthwaite then got in on the act, dismissing Luke Procter, as Northants were reduced to 76-5.
Ripley’s side fought back well with timely knocks from the middle order, as Zaib (41) and captain Adam Rossington (76) steadied the ship.
Glamorgan were left frustrated, as Northants continued to pick up runs, with Parnell (54) and Berg (69*) taking them over the 300 mark.
As Harris and Hogan found the final two wickets of Nathan Buck (18) and Ben Sanderson (2), the hosts posted 364 in reply.
Much like the first innings, Glamorgan’s openers built a healthy partnership, before Lloyd (38) was dismissed by Buck.
The English fast-bowler swiftly got another, taking the wicket of Balbirnie for a duck.
A strong partnership between Selman and Root steadied the ship for the Daffs, before they were dismissed by Berg and Sanderson respectively, reducing Glamorgan to 169-4.
A huge positive for Glamorgan so far this season has been the form of Carlson, who contributed with another half-century, as he combined well with captain Cooke, who scored 57*.
With Cooke and Taylor (16*) at the crease, Glamorgan declared on the final day, setting Northants 355 in 79 overs to win.
Despite finding the wickets of Curran (24) and Thurston (0), Glamorgan were left frustrated by a remarkable partnership of Vasconcelos and Keogh.
Between them, the two batsmen hit 45 boundaries, as they turned the game in the hosts’ favour.
With Vasconcelos top-scoring with a career-best 185*, Northants claimed a remarkable victory on the final day.
(Featured Image: Glamorgan Cricket Club)