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(Friendly) northamptonshire v Glamorgan at northampton, 29th March 2010 Umpires: J Birkenshaw and D Ripley


scorers: A C Kingston and A K Hignell


Glamorgan made a highly encouraging start to the new season as they comprehensively outplayed a young and inexpe- rienced Northamptonshire side, proving to be superior in every department of the game which, because of morning rain, was reduced from a 40 to a 20 over contest. When play began at 2pm, Glamorgan were given a lively start by Jim Allenby and Will Bragg who soon saw the visitor’s to 50 in the 8th over with a series of clean and well executed blows. Bragg in particular drove with confidence off the front foot, whilst Allenby greeted the introduction of Tom Brett’s left-arm spin by swatting the youngster over deep square-leg for six, before repeating the stroke against the off-spin of Theban Taravasi. The latter however had claimed three wickets by the time Gareth Rees brought up the hundred with a cover driven four. With new signing David Brown also striking the ball forcibly, the run rate increased during the second half of the Glamorgan innings as both Brown and Rees easily found gaps in the field with some powerful blows. Rees played with great freedom striking David Lucas for a brace of fours, including one from a Dilshan-scoop to the vacant boundary behind the keeper. After Brown departed, Ben Wright then lent useful support with some assertive blows, hoisting David Willey for a pair of sixes before Rees struck successive fours off Lucas and then, just for good measure, bludgeoned two more sixes to end unbeaten on 42 from just 24 deliveries as 63 runs came from the last five overs. After this run spree, the Glamorgan attack bowled with greater discipline and, by opting for a fuller length, they soon made inroads into what proved to be a febrile batting line-up. Chasing a target of 173, much depended on the vastly experienced Mal Loye but in his first innings since returning from a spell with Lancashire, he soon edged David Harrison into the safe gloves of Mark Wallace. Brown then completed a highly promising debut by taking two wickets in the space of eight deliveries, before James Harris entered the attack and beat the edge of Rob White’s bat with his first four balls before putting the Northants man out of his misery as he edged another beauty into Wallace’s gloves. Harris added a second scalp as Willey tamely edged to Allenby in the slips completing the Club’s most economical figures in a Twenty20 match, before Chris Ashling dismissed a bemused Alex Wakely who, after looking all at sea, chipped a ball to mid-off leaving Northants on 40/6 in the eleventh over. Their nosedive continued as Allenby struck with his second delivery with Rob Newton miscuing a ball straight back into the bowler’s hands. Some late runs from David Murphy and David Lucas spared Northants’ blushes, before Lucas perished in the penultimate over, jaywalking down the wicket to Nick James and being stumped by Wallace. The visitors duly completed an easy vic- tory on the day when the English season began with the annual curtain-raiser in the heat of Abu Dhabi rather than in the chill of Derby.


*+M A Wallace J A R Harris R D B Croft D S Harrison N A James C P Ashling extras total FoW:


Bowling Lucas Brooks Willey


Taravasi Brett


Tripathi James


T L Maynard D O Brown G P Rees B J Wright


Glamorgan innings W D Bragg J Allenby


c Newton c Tripathi c Tripathi


not out not out


b Taravasi b Taravasi b Taravasi b Tripathi


21 42 21


39 37 6


P W Harrison A G Wakely *R A White D J Willey R I Newton +D Murphy D S Lucas J A Brooks T Brett


(3b, 2lb, 1w)


(4 Wickets, 20 Overs) 68, 81, 94, 118.


o M R W 4 3 4 4 4 1 2


0 0 0 0 0 0 0


39 13 46 31 31 7 7


Toss – Glamorgan won and batted


0 0 0 3 0 1 1


172


Bowling Harrison Brown Harris


Ashling Croft


Allenby 6 T Taravasi


northamptonshire innings V Tripathi M B Loye


lbw c Wallace


c Wallace c Allenby


st Wallace b Brown c Rees


c & b Allenby not out


st Wallace not out


(1lb, 2nb)


b Harris b Harris


b Harrison b Ashling


b James (8 Wickets, 20 Overs )


4 2 4 4 2 2


0 0 0 1 0 0


28 8 7


b Brown


21 11 4


10 5 5


12 5 0 8


17, 17, 18, 28, 36, 40, 46, 68. o M R W


20 4 9


1 2 2 1 0 1


Result - Glamorgan won by 88 runs


84


3


163


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