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O’Brien impresses but draw looms

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Niall O’Brien struck a career-best 182 but Northamptonshire’s LV= County Championship Division Two clash against Glamorgan at the SWALEC Stadium appears doomed to end in a tame draw.

Northants eventually declared their first innings 30 minutes before the end of the third day on 432 for eight. At the close, Glamorgan had reached 10 without loss from seven overs.

The morning session was a complete washout, as was the whole of day two.

Despite the players being allowed to use the nets on the square, umpires Neil Mallender and Steve Garratt said the surrounds were still too wet to resume. After two inspections they called for an early lunch, with play getting under way at 1:10pm.

Niall O'Brien

Opener Niall O'Brien added another 68 to his overnight 114 to help Northamptonshire declare on 432 for eight against Leicestershire

Northamptonshire seemed in no hurry to move the game along after resuming their first innings on 241 for four, and lost captain Andrew Hall in the fourth over of the day.

The South African missed a straight ball from Huw Waters that knocked his off stump out of the ground, leaving the visitors on 249 for five.

Slow left-armer Dean Cosker came into the attack and claimed a second bowling point for Glamorgan with the final delivery of the 110th over to remove Robert Keogh lbw.

O’Brien reached his 150 from 388 balls with 12 fours; it took him two minutes shy of eight hours.

With Glamorgan getting frustrated by Northamptonshire’s lack of urgency on ta dead wicket and the home fans resorting to slow hand clapping, they turned to part-time bowlers Ben Wright and Will Bragg, who had three first-class wickets between them.

Northamptonshire reached tea at 338 for six with O’Brien six runs away from his career best.

But as the Irishman walked to the pavilion, he was booed by a section of a disgruntled crowd, who were unhappy the visitors had added only 97 runs in 41 overs in the afternoon session.

O’Brien was eventually out after nine hours, for 182 – the highest individual score at the ground this season.

His nine-hour vigil came to an end as he edged to slip off Marcus North, who struck again to have David Murphy stumped for 54 from 133 balls.

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