Twenty20 Cup - Midlands/West/Wales Division
Northamptonshire 207-4 Innings Complete (N J O'Brien 69, D J G Sales 57 no) v Glamorgan 183-8 (H H Gibbs 98, A J Hall 5-29)
Northamptonshire beat Glamorgan by 24 runs
Northamptonshire moved closer to securing their place in the Twenty20 quarter-final stage with a thrilling 24-run victory over Glamorgan in front of the Sky cameras.
Herschelle Gibbs smashed a scintillating 98 off 45 balls - including 14 fours as Glamorgan fell agonisingly short of the 207 target, thanks mainly to some tight bowling by Andrew Hall at the death.
South African all-rounder, Hall, finished with figures of 5-29 off his four overs and compatriot Johann Louw chipped in with 2-43 to ensure the Dragons failed to chase down the colossal first-innings target.
After winning the toss captain Nicky Boje had no hesitation in deciding to bat first on what looked, and proved to be a batsman's paradise in glorious sunshine in Northampton.
Openers Rob White (49 off 27 balls) and Niall O'Brien (69 off 37) gave the hosts a dream start as the Dragons' attack quickly found themselves dispatched to most areas of the packed-out County Ground.
After an opening stand of 103, former captain David Sales arrived at the crease and blasted a quick-fire 57 to ensure the Steelbacks posted a daunting target in excess of 200.
Glamorgan certainly didn't die wondering as they began their chase, however they got off to the worst possible start as openers Robert Croft (8) and David Hemp (1) fell in quick succession.
However, their dismissals proved a blessing in disguise as it gave the uncompromising Gibbs optimum time to produce an array of remarkable shots to give the visitors a sniff of the most unlikely of victories.
Mike Powell (36) and Jamie Dalrymple (26) provided good support, however when Gibbs was dismissed by compatriot Hall two runs short of a deserved century, the Dragons chase petered out with a whimper.