Glamorgan break duck in thriller
Marcus North, Jim Allenby and Mark Wallace 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.
Northants declared on 350 for five in the morning, leaving David Sales unbeaten on 138 from 285 balls, before both teams forfeited an innings to set Glamorgan a winning target of 351 from 90 overs.
North paved the way with 73 from 126 deliveries, but it was a brilliant partnership between fellow Australian Allenby and captain Wallace that did the damage.
The sixth-wicket pair put on 114, with Allenby striking an unbeaten 67 and Wallace 54 as the visitors reached their target with five balls to spare.
Northants began the day on 336 five, with Sales resuming on 129 and James Middlebrook 17, and added 14 to their overnight total in four overs before declaring.
Glamorgan’s chase began awfully as they lost Will Bragg when he edged Chaminda Vaas to wicketkeeper David Murphy for a golden duck.
Stewart Walters then plundered 29, but perished when he dragged captain Andrew Hall's delivery onto his stumps.
Glamorgan reached lunch on 70 for two, still needing 281 to win, but Gareth Rees walked after making 34 when Stephen Peters took a brilliant one-handed catch at silly point off Middlebrook.
That preceded a period of stalemate with Northants striving for further wickets and neither North nor Ben Wright looking to play any big shots.
North eventually kicked on, however, as he completed a composed half-century off 99 balls. But Wright was dismissed for 34 when he nudged David Willey to Murphy in the third over after tea, and North followed in seamer’s next set of six.
The left-hander was bowled, after which Allenby and Wallace swung the contest back Glamorgan’s way.
With the match heading towards a thrilling climax, the former completed a terrific half-century off just 68 balls and the latter quickly followed suit off a delivery less.
Glamorgan needed 50 from the last 10 overs, but Wallace holed out when he smashed Kyle Coetzer to Rob Newton at extra-cover.
James Harris was then run out by Alex Wakely at backward point, yet the winning runs came when Allenby scrambled two off Hall in the final over.