A career-best return of 3/26 by Prem Sisodiya plus 3/17 by Timm van der Gugten and 40 from 29 balls by David Lloyd saw Glamorgan defeat the Northants Steelbacks by seven wickets after the visitors were dismissed for a paltry 98 in their Vitality Blast T20 match at Sophia Gardens. (writes Andrew Hignell)
The Welsh county took to the field with the same personnel from Friday evening when they lost to the Birmingham Bears at Edgbaston with Prem Sisodiya and Andrew Salter once again sharing the new ball as the Steelebacks’ regular opening pair of Richard Levi and Paul Stirling began the visitors innings. But they made a poor start as Levi departed to the fourth ball as he was trapped l.b.w. by Sisodiya, with Salter striking with his first delivery as he had Stirling deftly stumped by Cooke as the Irishman jaywalked down the wicket.
8-2 saw Josh Cobb and Adam Rossington join forces, with the latter pulling Sisodiya for four before the former clipped Timm van der Gugten to fine-leg for what proved to be his first and final boundary, as later in the over he miscued a pull against the Dutchman with Cooke safely pouching the skier. Luke Procter came in and clipped Smith to fine-leg but then chopped onto his stumps as the Steelbacks slipped further to 33-5. Their plight worsened six runs later as Rossington edged to Cooke with Tom Sole joining Alex Wakely for the eighth over.
After a series of singles, Sole biffed Salter over extra-cover for four, but with the total on 70 Sisodiya returned and caught Wakely off his own bowling. Graeme White came in and edged a couple of fours against the young spinner before becoming Cooke’s second stumping as he was also deceived by Sisodiya’s clever flight.
80-7 saw Gareth Berg make his way to the middle but after flicking van der Gugten to fine-leg he swatted him straight to the fielder at point. Sole was joined by Nathan Buck and responded by scooping Smith for four to fine-leg before drilling a ball to mid-on. De Lange, on his 100th appearance in a T20 game, then ended the innings as Nathan Buck holed out at deep extra-cover with the Steelbacks 98 all out.
Glamorgan then made a breezy start with David Lloyd on-driving and lofting Ben Sanderson for a pair of fours before scything him to third man in a run-laden opening over at the Cathedral Road End. He then scooped Buck for six over fine-leg for six before Selman pulled the seamer to long-leg for four. Lloyd then drilled a full toss from Buck for four to long-off. Selman then joined in the fun by on-driving White for six before surviving a chance at long-on as the fifty came up in the sixth over.
On 40 however Lloyd’s cameo ended as he chipped a ball back to Cobb. 68-1 became 70-2 in the next over as Selman was stumped by Rossington as he played forward to White. Callum Taylor joined Cooke and on-drove Sanderson for four, but in the fourteenth over, Cooke miscued a pull against Berg and was caught at short mid-wicket, leaving Andrew Balbirnie to help Taylor take Glamorgan to victory in the 16th over