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Glamorgan vs Northants

Tame draw at Cardiff

Walters falls short of century in bore draw

Stewart Walters: Fell for 98 on day four at the SWALEC Stadium

Niall O'Brien: struck a career-best 182 for Northampton

Stewart Walters fell two short of his second century of the season as Glamorgan batted out a draw on the final day of their LV= County Championship Division Two clash with Northamptonshire at Cardiff.

Walters scored 98 from 226 balls with 14 fours and Marcus North contributed 57 as Glamorgan reached 302-5 in reply to Northamptonshire's 432-8 declared.

Glamorgan took eight points from the match to Northamptonshire's six in what was a tame final day as the captains - Mark Wallace and Andrew Hall - could not agree to set up a game.

Glamorgan resumed the final day on 10 without loss and lost openers Will Bragg (26) and Nick James (36) during a 43-over morning session which yielded just 75 runs.

Australian left-hander North scored his sixth half-century in 12 Championship innings in the afternoon session but went shortly afterwads to a fine one-handed catch by Alex Wakely off Hall.

Ben Wright was neatly stumped down the leg-side by David Murphy standing up to Lee Daggett to leave Glamorgan on 177-4 and Walters and Jim Allenby put on 101 for the fifth wicket before Walters was bowled via an inside edge by Hall as Glamorgan registered a third batting point before declaring.

Day Three

Northampton and Glamorgan are on target for a tame draw after Niall O'Brien dominated day three in Cardiff.

The Ireland wicket-keeper struck a career-best 182 before Northants declared on 432-8 but rain caused the loss of more overs and there will need to be some creative captaincy to avoid a stalemate.

Northants seemed to be in little rush to move on from their position of 241-4 and lost Andrew Hall for 21 in the fourth over of the day while O'Brien reached his 150 from 388 balls in just shy of eight hours.

Frustration on the pitch reached into the small crowd, with a spell of slow hand-clapping as the ponderous scoring rate continued, and Glamorgan resorted to occasional bowlers.

Even O'Brien was booed off at tea despite being six short of his personal best with Northants adding only 97 in 41 overs in the elongated session.

O'Brien was eventually out after nine hours, for 182 - the highest individual score at the Swalec Stadium this season - caught at slip off Marcus North who also had David Murphy stumped for 54.

Glamorgan faced seven overs at the close and did little to appease the handful in the crowd by crawling to 10-0.

Day Two

No play was possible on the second day of Glamorgan's match against Northamptonshire at Cardiff.

The visitors had ended day one on 241-4, with opener Niall O'Brien unbeaten on 114.

Umpires Neil Mallender and Steve Garratt were hopeful of getting play under way around 3pm after no cricket had been possible in the morning session because of overnight rain.

But a thunderstorm mixed with hail and heavy rain hit the ground just after lunch and with no hope of getting the game resumed, the umpires called play off at 2.15pm.

It is the 11th full day of championship cricket Glamorgan have lost this summer.

Day One

Niall O'Brien scored his first century of the season as Northamptonshire had the better of the first day against Glamorgan at the Swalec Stadium.

The Irishman ended the day on 114 not out with Northamptonshire on 241-4. Alex Wakely also chipped in with 75, sharing in a 154-run partnership for the third wicket with O'Brien.

After Andrew Hall won the toss his early order batsmen made rather pedestrian progress as they reached 58-2 from 31 overs at lunch on a slow wicket.

The run rate improved after lunch as O'Brien reached his fourth Championship half-century of the season from 143 balls with four fours.

He was given a life on 51 when he was dropped at fine leg by Huw Waters from a hook off Graham Wagg with Northamptonshire on 103-2 at the time.

O'Brien and Wakely brought up their 100 partnership in 39 overs, reaching tea at 147-2.

That became 150 in the evening session just before Jim Allenby claimed the first bonus point of the contest by bowling Wakely for 75.

O'Brien reached his first century of the season just before the close from 265 balls with nine fours in six hours 35 minutes.

Match Details

Date
28th - 31st Aug 2012
Toss
Northamptonshire won the toss and elected to bat.
Venue
The Swalec Stadium
Umpires
S A Garratt and N A Mallender

glamorgan BATTING CARD

Batsman R
Bragg st Murphy b C.d.W. De Lange 26
N.A. James b R.I. Keogh 36
Walters b Hall 98
North c Wakely b Hall 57
Wright st Murphy b Daggett 5
Allenby not out 46
Wallace not out 21
Extras 2nb, 1b, 10lb 13
Total Declared, 100.5 Overs 302 - 5
Full Batting Card

northants BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
Brooks 24 6 70 0
Daggett 22 6 69 1
C.d.W. De Lange 19 8 51 1
R.I. Keogh 20 5 69 1
Hall 15.5 5 32 2
Full Bowling Card