Honours even at Colwyn Bay

Draw earns both teams 10 points

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Honours even at Colwyn Bay

Brown: seven wickets in the match

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LV County Championship - Division Two
Colwyn Bay - day four
Glamorgan 465 (A G Wharf 111 no, D L Hemp 82, R N Grant 79) & 197 (J F Brown 5-47) v Northamptonshire 387 (D J G Sales 219, G G White 65, R E Watkins 4-89) & 131-2 (C J L Rogers 69)
Glamorgan (10pts) drew with Northamptonshire (10pts)

Northamptonshire and Glamorgan played out a draw on the final day at Colwyn Bay, the visitors finishing at 131-2 in pursuit of a victory target of 276.

Off-spinner Jason Brown took 5-47 to help bowl out Glamorgan for 197 in their second innings, the Welsh county having resumed at 60-4 on the final morning.

The hosts were 71-6 and in danger of slipping to defeat before Alex Wharf (37), Robert Croft (29) and Dean Cosker (26) all made solid contributions down the order to avert the danger.

That left Northants chasing 276 from 45 overs on a wearing pitch and, although they lost opening batsman Stephen Peters (2) early, a second-wicket partnership of 125 between Chris Rogers (69) and Robert White (45no) saw them to safety with the captains shaking hands on a draw at 5.15pm.

Day Three

England fast bowler Simon Jones was hit by yet another injury setback as Glamorgan suffered another frustrating day against Northamptonshire.

Jones picked up a calf strain that will rule him out of the rest of the match, as well as Sunday's Pro40 clash with Somerset.

And a bowler short, Glamorgan could not prevent David Sales completing a magisterial double century, the seventh of his long career.

Sales made 219 from 247 balls with 28 fours and six sixes, rescuing Northants from a precarious 144-7.

And worse was to follow for the hosts as they started their second innings with a 78-run lead but were soon reduced to 49-4 and finished on 60-4, for an overall lead of 138.

Jason Brown took two wickets for Northants before Richard Grant and Ryan Watkins added a further 11 runs before the close.

Day Two

Alex Wharf struck an unbeaten 111 as Division Two basement boys Glamorgan took total control on the second day against Northamptonshire.

Wharf, who resumed on 29, reached the sixth first-class century of his career to allow the hosts to pile up 465 in their first innings.

The former England one-day all-rounder finished 111 not out having faced 249 balls and hit 12 fours, and shared stands worth 77 and 79 for the final two wickets with No.10 Andrew Davies (30) and No.11 Simon Jones (39).

The Welsh county's day got even better - medium pacer Ryan Watkins claiming four wickets to leave Northamptonshire struggling at 115-6 in reply, still 350 runs behind.

Day One

Captain David Hemp hit 82 as Glamorgan reached 294-7 by close of play on day one of their clash with Northamptonshire.

The left-hander had hit 14 fours until he was trapped leg before by seamer Richard Logan.

He shared a 155-run stand for the fourth wicket with Richard Grant, who managed to make 79.

Alex Wharf finished unbeaten on 29 not out, giving the Welsh county a strong chance of posting a competitive first innings total at Colwyn Bay.

Logan, left-armer David Lucas and former South Africa all-rounder Lance Klusener all took two wickets apiece for the visitors.

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