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Northants vs Glamorgan

Stalemate at Wantage Road

Northants bat throughout final day against Glamorgan

Wessels: missed out on hundred

LV County Championship - Division Two
Northamptonshire 350 (S D Peters 163, A J Hall 89) & 312-8 dec (M H Wessels 92, S D Peters 86, R D B Croft 4-71) v Glamorgan 383 (J Allenby 55, M J Powell 55)
Northamptonshire (11pts) drew with Glamorgan (11pts)

Riki Wessels missed out on his first century of the season as Northamptonshire comfortably batted out for a draw on the final day against Glamorgan at Wantage Road.

Resuming on 19-1 in their second innings, 14 runs behind overall, Northants safely negotiated their way to 312-8 before declaring to bring an end to the contest. Both teams earned 11 points from the stalemate.

Stephen Peters, who scored 163 in the first innings, and Alex Wakely extended their second-wicket stand to 105 before Glamorgan made their first breakthrough of the day, veteran off-spinner Robert Croft having Wakely caught at short-leg for 29.

Croft (4-71) soon followed up with two more scalps, Peters (86) and Nicky Boje (4), to peg back Northants at 152-4.

But Wessels hit seven boundaries in his 155-ball innings of 92 to erase any chance of a positive result.

The South African-born batsman missed out on three figures, bowled by Jamie Dalrymple just before a draw was agreed.

Day three

Glamorgan edged into a slender lead at Northants and will be hopeful of pushing for a result on the final day.

Half centuries from Jim Allenby and Michael Powell enabled Glamorgan to muster 383, with Monty Panesar is good form for Northants as he took 3-55.

With a lead of just 33, Glamorgan ensured they still led by the close as James Harris trapped opener Rob White lbw for nine as the hosts closed on 19-1.

Powell and Allenby had earlier both made 55, with Allenby and Mark Wallace sharing an 87-run stand before some useful runs from the tail put the Welsh side ahead.

Harris made 26 before becoming Andrew Hall's only wicket of the innings, while Adam Shantry made an enterprising 32 before being trapped lbw by Panesar.

Day two

Glamorgan hit back on day two against Northants to bowl the hosts out for 350 and then progress to 149-3 by the close of play, leaving the game finely balanced.

Stephen Peters went beyond 150 for Northants as he finally made 163, which included his part in a superb 191-run partnership with South African Andrew Hall.

Hall went lbw for 89 and Peters followed soon afterwards as Northants lost their final six wickets for just 61 runs to close their innings on 350 all out.

Robert Croft and James Harris both took three wickets for the visitors, who started their run chase with openers William Bragg and Gareth Rees making it unscathed to 71.

Rees went lbw to Hall for 31 and Bragg quickly followed for 28 as two quick wickets stunted Glamorgan's progress - although Herschelle Gibbs got them back on track with a lively 42 before he was bowled by Monty Panesar with Northants still 201 runs behind.

Day one

Stephen Peters hit an unbeaten century on a rain-affected opening day of Northamptonshire's match against Glamorgan.

The 30-year-old hit 18 fours in an unbeaten knock of 124 to help Northants to recover from an awful start and reach 224-4 before the heavens opened.

Peters shared an unbeaten fifth-wicket stand of 126 runs with Andrew Hall, although he did dismiss skipper Nicky Boje inadvertently in a freak run-out.

Glamorgan won the toss and their decision to bowl brought immediate rewards as both Rob White (0) and Alex Wakely (5) were dismissed in the first six overs.

But opener Peters and Riki Wessels then opened up, at one stage scoring at nearly six runs per over before the latter departed on 39.

Boje went after Peters hit James Harris for a perfect straight drive only for the bowler to deflect the ball onto the stumps.

Although Northants were on 98-4 at that stage, Peters was going from strength to strength and reached his third century of the season after lunch.

Only rain could stop Peters and Hall and they were forced off at 3pm with Peters 54 runs short of a career-best total, while Hall was 48 not out.

Match Details

26th - 29th Aug 2009
County Ground, Northampton
N L Bainton and M A Gough

northants BATTING CARD

Batsman R
Peters st Wallace b Croft 86
White lbw b Harris 9
Wakely c Rees b Croft 29
Wessels b Dalrymple 92
Boje lbw b Croft 4
Hall c Powell b Harris 25
Willey b Dalrymple 16
Panesar lbw b Croft 4
Lucas not out 25
Wigley not out 3
Extras 4nb, 8b, 7lb 19
Total Declared, 92.0 Overs 312 - 8
Full Batting Card

glamorgan BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
Harris 17 2 60 2
Kruger 12 0 51 0
Shantry 4 0 28 0
Allenby 7 2 18 0
Croft 32 4 71 4
Dalrymple 15 3 46 2
Bragg 5 0 23 0
Full Bowling Card