Bowlers put Northants on top

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Andrew Hall starred with the bat, cracking an unbeaten 84, before Northants' bowlers seized control against first-placed Glamorgan

Northamptonshire produced an excellent all-round bowling display as they continued to dominate their LV= County Championship clash with Division Two leaders Glamorgan.

Skipper Andrew Hall led Northants’ charge early in the second day, cracking an unbeaten 84, before David Lucas destroyed Glamorgan’s top order.

Well supported by Jack Brooks, Lucas removed Mark Cosgrove, Ben Wright, and captain Jamie Dalrymple as the visitors slumped to 55 for five in the 20th over.

Debutant Elton Chigumbura then wrapped up the tail with 4-67 in an expensive eight-over spell, leaving the leaders facing a battle to save the game.

Northants began the day on 355 for five with Chigumbura and Hall resuming on five and six respectively.

And they started well as the sixth-wicket pair dug their heels in, reaching 452 without further loss at lunch.

But Dalrymple grabbed a much-needed breakthrough with the second ball after the interval, bowling Chigumbura for 44 via an inside edge.

And he struck again in his next over as David Murphy nicked a straight one to wicketkeeper Mark Wallace.

Dean Cosker then trapped James Middlebrook lbw before Lucas sliced Dalrymple to Jim Allenby at slip.

The skipper then claimed his fourth victim when he forced Brooks, who did not score off five balls, to edge to Wallace, leaving Hall stranded 16 short of a century.

Glamorgan’s reply started disastrously when, in the first over, Cosgrove went for a golden duck by edging Lucas to Murphy.

It soon got worse as Tom Maynard could only pick out Murphy at square-leg off Brooks, before Ben Wright edged Lucas to the same man.

The leaders’ problems were compounded in the second over after tea as Lucas found Dalrymple’s edge, allowing Stephen Peters to take a fantastic one-handed catch diving to his right at third slip.

With the first ball of the next over Brooks pinned Gareth Rees, who made 29, leg before to leave Glamorgan in disarray.

Wallace made 21 before throwing his wicket away by lofting Chigumbura straight to Nicky Boje at midwicket.

The Zimbabwe international then took two wickets in consecutive balls, first trapping Harris lbw, before emphatically bowling Cosker.

He struck again by bowling David Harrison before Will Owen, who smashed 38 off 41 balls, sliced Boje to Murphy with the final ball of the day to leave Allenby on 59 not out.

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