Newton and Sales slay Glamorgan
Rob Newton and David Sales struck centuries as Northamptonshire’s batsmen dominated the second day of their LV= County Championship Division Two match against Glamorgan at Wantage Road.
After being made to bat, the hosts closed on 336 for five with Newton smashing a career-best 117 off only 113 balls; his sensational knock included 14 fours and three sixes.
Sales’ innings was not quite as spectacular, but brilliant nonetheless as he made an unbeaten 129 off 277 deliveries with 16 fours.
After the first day was washed out without a ball being bowled, Glamorgan won the toss and chose to field as the second began on time.
They got rid of Stephen Peters with the final ball of the opening over when he edged James Harris to Jim Allenby at second slip after facing six deliveries without scoring.
John Glover was brought into the attack in the 12th over and, with his second delivery, uprooted Kyle Coetzer’s leg stump after the Scotland international had made 22.
Sales and Alex Wakely then batted out the rest of the morning session as Northamptonshire reached lunch on 78 for two.
Wakely had moved on to 30 before he was taken by Stewart Walters at first slip to give Glover his second wicket.
Sales, however, hung around to complete a patient half-century off 129 balls with a four through midwicket off Harris.
Newton had since joined him at the crease and was to reach a fifty that included two huge sixes over midwicket at a quicker rate as the hosts moved to 190 for three at tea.
The fourth-wicket pair took their partnership beyond 100 in the evening session, with Newton the first to complete his century, the third of his career, off only 104 balls.
Sales then followed suit in the next over to complete his 26th first-class ton and second in this season’s championship campaign.
Newton eventually holed out when he hammered Will Bragg to substitute fielder Aneurin Norman at deep midwicket to end a magnificent stand of 187.
That beat the previous best fourth-wicket partnership for Northamptonshire against Glamorgan, bettering the 183 made between Sales and Rob White at Swansea in 2008.
Captain Andrew Hall made just eight before he nudged Huw Waters to his opposite number, Glamorgan wicketkeeper Mark Wallace.
James Middlebrook then survived the last nine overs alongside Sales and will resume tomorrow on 17.