Glam facing tough task to avoid Northants loss.
Byline: Mark Burton Cricket writer firstname.lastname@example.org
As Northants seek their first championship win of the season, they will go into the final day with an overall lead of 315 with three wickets in hand, a lead they will hope to extend and leave Glamorgan a challenging target in the final innings.
From a Glamorgan perspective, they will again have been heartened by Lukas Carey's performance in his first championship game, where his four wickets in the second innings has taken his tally to seven in the game.
Despite Nick Selman's maiden championship century, Northants gained a first innings lead of 85, after a disciplined bowling performance by their seam department.
Had Selman not been dropped by Rory Kleinveldt from an easy caught and bowled chance from the first ball of the day, Northants would have gained a bigger lead, but the Glamorgan opener went on to carry his bat for a career best 122 not out, an innings that lasted 302 minutes and included 15 fours from 208 balls.
He also became the first Glamorgan batsman to carry his bat since the Australian Matthew Elliott achieved the feat against Hampshire in Cardiff in 2004.
Selman received some support from the lower order, but with six batsmen dismissed in single figures, it was an overall disappointing batting performance from the home team.
Mohammad Azharullah was Northants' most impressive bowler with 3 for 58, as Northants' seamers observed the virtue of bowling a full length on a pitch that does give them some assistance.
When Northants started their second innings, Carey again dismissed the openers early in the innings. Ben Duckett failed for the second time in the game when he drove loosely outside the off stump, and he was quickly followed by Rob Newton who edged to second slip. Laurie Evans remained steadfast however, and passed fifty for the second time in the game and added 75 with David Murphy who was leg before to Carey.
The 19-year-old debutant then claimed his fourth wicket when Saif Zaib edged to the wicketkeeper, before Northants lost two wickets in successive balls to Tim Van Der Gugten.
After striking 32 from 17 balls, Kleinveldt holed out on the extra cover boundary then Evans, who scored 73 with eight fours, was visibly annoyed with himself when he pulled a short ball to the fielder on the square leg boundary.
Graeme White and Sean Terry added some useful runs towards the end of the day as Northants closed on 230 for 7.
<B Lukas Carey impressed again with the ball, taking seven wickets on his senior debut
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|Publication:||Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)|
|Date:||Aug 6, 2016|
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