Glamorgan v Northamptonshire: Head-to-Head

  • Martyn Bicknell
  • 10 September 2017 07:00 AM
  • Cricket News

Glamorgan meet Northamptonshire at The SSE SWALEC in their next contest in the Specsavers County Championship with play due to start at the Cardiff ground at 10.30am on Tuesday, September 12th.

The two teams met during the first week of April at Wantage Road in the opening batch of Championship fixtures with Northamptonshire winning the contest in just two days by an  innings and 22 runs. Since then, the East Midlands side have won a further five matches, including their match last week against Sussex, and currently sit in third place in the Division Two table.

Northamptonshire were also victorious on their most recent visit to Wales, with the East Midlands side winning last summer at Swansea with Ben Sanderson returning career-best figures of 7/22 in Glamorgan’s second innings and completing a ten-wicket match haul as the visitors won by 251 runs.

However, Glamorgan enjoyed the better of the game at Cardiff in 2015 with a swashbuckling century by Craig Meschede plus some probing seam and spin bowling by the home attack forcing the East Midlands side to follow-on before Glamorgan eased to a comfortable ten-wicket victory.

The weather played a hand in the contests between the two sides at Cardiff in 2012 and 2013 which ended in draws, and Northamptonshire’s most recent victory in a four-day game at Cardiff came eleven years ago as a century from Lance Klusener helped to set up a nine wicket victory for the visitors in their contest in September 2006.

There are several personal milestones looming for players on both sides, with Glamorgan’s opening batsman Jacques Rudolph still seeking the 203 runs he needs in his quest of becoming the ninth South African cricketer to reach the  landmark of 20,000 first-class runs,. Having not had the opportunity to bat in the rain-ravaged contest at Derby his current aggregate remains on 19,797.

If he reaches this landmark, Jacques will also complete the double of 20,000 first-class runs plus 10,000 in List  A cricket – an achievement so far only reached by five South African batsmen - Ken McEwan, Clive Rice, Kepler Wessels, Peter Kirsten and Jimmy Cook – and four players with Glamorgan connections in Matthew Maynard, Viv Richards, Javed Miandad and Murray Goodwin.

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