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Watch highlights of Glamorgan beating Middlesex at Lord’s, a result inspired by Marcus North’s unbeaten 137

Marcus North hit a quite brilliant 137 not out as Glamorgan made it two wins from as many matches in this season's Yorkshire Bank 40 by overpowering a below-par Middlesex Panthers by 26 runs at Lord's.

Middlesex all-rounder Gareth Berg, with a brave 75 from 57 balls late on, reduced the margin of victory but Glamorgan were always in control of the Group C game after scoring 280 for three.

Glamorgan skipper and former Australia batsman North led from the front as he hit 16 fours and three sixes in his 98-ball innings and featured in an unbroken stand of 156 in just 16.3 overs with Jim Allenby, who scored 69 not out from 50 balls.

Middlesex never really looked like threatening the total, although they did finish on a somewhat respectable 254 for nine.

Opener Will Bragg got Glamorgan, who were asked to bat, off to a flying start with a 72-delivery 62, setting up another impressive total on the back of their 285 for seven in a victory over Yorkshire Vikings yesterday.

But it was the North-Allenby partnership that proved far too much for Middlesex.

Hardly anything beat the bat once they both got their eye in; the duo took full advantage of a superb batting pitch and Middlesex's attack was beginning to look very ragged by the time the overs ran out.

The last five of the innings brought 60 runs and, in all, 180 runs were plundered from the last 20.3 for the loss only of Bragg, who was athletically held by a diving Tom Smith at backward point off Josh Davey.

North's first six was swung over midwicket off a Neil Dexter full-toss, just before Glamorgan's 200 arrived in the 34th over, and he later added a flip over the long-leg boundary from a poor attempted slower ball and then a powerful hit into the Grand Stand off Toby Roland-Jones' penultimate ball of the innings.

Allenby, too, produced some meaty blows as he went past 50 from 39 balls, including a full-blooded club over wide long-on from a couple of steps down the pitch against an astonished Corey Collymore.

Chris Rogers, fresh from his match-saving LV= County Championship double-hundred against Surrey, produced some eye-catching strokes in making 22 before being caught off a leading edge at cover, but Dawid Malan had already survived a stumping chance on 35 when he fell at the same score, lifting a catch to point off Will Owen.

Joe Denly went for 11, caught at the wicket driving loosely at a widish ball from Owen, and the Glamorgan seamer then struck a crucial blow for his team by bowling the hard-hitting Paul Stirling for 36 through an ugly leg-side heave.

Dexter drove one six over long-on off Michael Hogan in his 24, but the Australian fast bowler soon had him caught at deep cover and Berg was then left with only the tail for company.

He hit Owen for two defiant maximums but saw wickets continue to tumble as John Simpson was caught at deep mid-off, Josh Davey at deep midwicket and Roland-Jones likewise.

Berg was finally ninth out, bowled by Hogan after hitting six fours besides his two sixes.

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