Hall hat-trick floors Glamorgan
Northamptonshire captain Andrew Hall took a hat-trick as his side claimed an emphatic 10-wicket win in their LV= County Championship clash with Division Two leaders Glamorgan at Wantage Road.
Hall, who finished with figures of 4-49, dismissed Ben Wright, Glamorgan captain Jamie Dalrymple and Jim Allenby in the afternoon session to claim Northants’ first hat-trick in first-class cricket since 1980.
Australian opener Mark Cosgrove provided some resistance with 115 off 138 balls but the visitors were bowled out for 325 following on, before the hosts cantered to their target of 39.
Northants began the day by asking Glamorgan, who they had dismissed for 207 in less than two sessions, to bat again.
Unlike in their first innings, however, openers Gareth Rees and Cosgrove got the visitors off to a solid start with Cosgrove batting aggressively.
Rees made 14 before smashing Jack Brooks to James Middlebrook at backward point to end an opening partnership of 58.
Cosgrove went on to reach his half-century off 64 balls and Tom Maynard rapidly made one of his own from seven fewer deliveries as he passed his previous best four-day score of 51 not out.
Glamorgan raced to 153 for one at lunch, but Nicky Boje broke up a second-wicket stand of 109 in the third over of the afternoon session when he forced Maynard to edge to Hall at slip for 64.
Cosgrove was relentless, however, and the Australian made his second century of the season off 114 balls.
Then Hall worked his magic in the 47th over when Wright, who blasted 33 off as many balls, top-edged his delivery straight to David Sales at point.
With his next two balls, he forced Dalrymple then Allenby to edge to wicketkeeper David Murphy, equalling Richard Williams’ feat against Gloucestershire 30 years ago.
The same combination then ended Cosgrove’s superb knock with Murphy also snapping up fellow keeper Mark Wallace off David Lucas.
The eighth-wicket pairing of James Harris and Dean Cosker ensured Northants would have to bat again as Glamorgan reached tea on 296 for seven, nine runs ahead.
Harris made 39 before edging James Middlebrook to Murphy, who took his fifth catch of the innings, before David Harrison was caught by Hall at first slip off Elton Chigumbura for 15 and last man Will Owen was then run out by Sales at cover without scoring.
Northants opening pair Stephen Peters and Ben Howgego, who made 17 and 23 respectively, saw the hosts to a comprehensive victory, with the former becoming the second player to reach 1,000 first-class runs this season.