22nd August (4 days) 11:00 Bob Willis Trophy The County Ground
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Northamptonshire win by 6 wickets
Northants beat Glamorgan by six wickets
Northamptonshire beat Glamorgan by six wickets on the fourth and final day of their match in the Bob Willis Trophy at Wantage Road, but not before Michael Hogan had claimed his 600th first-class wicket. 




Day 1

(writes Andrew Hignell)

Close of Play Report

After the fireworks during the pre-tea session, the left-handed pairing of Ben Curran and Emilio Gay began the Northants reply with 23 overs remaining in the day’s quota as Timm van der Gugten shared the new ball with Michael Hogan. The latter was clipped to square-leg and mid-wicket for a pair of fours by Gay before Marchant de Lange replaced him at the Lyn Wilson End and was upper-cut over the slips by the opener.

The paceman then went around the wicket to Gay and immediately ended his innings as the change of angle saw Gay splice an attempted pull straight back into the bowler’s hands. 26-1 saw Charlie Thurston make his way to the middle and smeared de Lange through the gully for four before steering Hogan through the gully as he returned at the Pavilion End. Curran also flicked de Lange to fine-leg for four before guiding him through backward point for another boundary.

Thurston then brought up the fifty by twice smearing Hogan through backward point for four before Dan Douthwaite and de Lange had a short spell before the close of play with Curran cutting de Lange for four through point as Northants ended the day on 82-1.


Teatime Report

Having reached 74-2 at lunch, Nick Selman and Billy Root were looking to further improve their team’s position and make Northants pay for their fielding lapses during the morning session. Brett Hutton and Jack White resumed the bowling duties as Root sweetly steered the latter through point for three before punching Hutton through extra-cover for four,

But in the fourth over after lunch Selman played forward to White and edged the ball into the gloves of Ricardo Vasconcelas. Having been joined by Chris Cooke, Root swotted a long-hop from Hutton for four through point but three balls later he edged to first slip where Saif Zaib atoned for his bout of dropsy earlier in the day by gleefully completing the catch. 90-4 then became 93-5 as after debutant Callum Taylor got off the mark with a single to long-leg, Hutton bowled Chris Cooke.

Dan Douthwaite brought up the hundred by clipping Hutton to the ropes at mid-wicket before continuing his assertive approach by spearing Hutton through backward point for a rasping four. But with the total on 106 the all-rounder edged White to Vasconcelas behind the stumps and seven runs later, the stand-in keeper claimed another catch as Muzarabani found the edge of Timm van der Gugten’s bat.

Kieran Bull joined Taylor who unfurled a pair of handsome fine cover drives against Hutton but the bowler claimed the eighth wicket as Bull also edged to the keeper. With Marchant de Lange as his new partner, he steered Simon Kerrigan through backward point for four when the spinner returned at the Lyn Wilson End before clipping Hutton to fine-leg for another boundary as well as punching him off the back foot for three through extra-cover.

With the total on 135 de Lange edged Hutton to first slip before Taylor flat-batted the seamer to mid-wicket for four followed by a huge six over mid-wicket for six. He then drilled Kerrigan through the covers for four before harpooning him for another boundary to mid-wicket. The debutant then completed his maiden fifty by clipping Hutton - his 64th delivery - for two through mid-wicket followed by a huge six over long-on.

Hogan then opened his shoulders by pulling Hogan for four before Taylor lofted Kerrigan for six over long-on. Their run spree continued as Muzarabani was pulled by Hogan for four to mid-wicket to bring up the fifty stand in the space of six overs before Hogan lofted him for six high over long-on as the tenth wicket pair, with the aid of a trio of four byes saw Glamorgan to within a batting point in the 63rd over.

Taylor celebrated by pulling Muzarabani high over mid-wicket for six before top-edging him over the solitary slip for four followed by a lofted off-drive for four over extra-cover and another thick outside-edge through the vacant slips for four. Hogan then twice lofted White for a pair of sixes over long-on before two to mid-wicket to bring up the century stand.

In the penultimate over before tea, Taylor swung Muzarabani for six over deep square-leg for another six before edging the Zimbabwean for four through slip for four before hoisting him for six high over mid-wicket to reach his century from 88 balls and emulate the feats of Matt Maynard for reaching his century with a six as well as breaking Glamorgan’s tenth wicket stand against Northamptonshire set in 1958 by Allan Watkins and Don Shepherd who had added 115 at Northampton.

Taylor then secured another batting point as he flicked White for four to fine-leg but to the final ball of the session he lofted White to square-leg where Charlie Thurston completed the catch as Talyor’s superb innings ended on 106 having added 124 for the final wicket with Hogan.


Morning update

The Welsh county made three changes to their line-up from the side which drew earlier in the week against Gloucestershire at Cardiff. Opening batsman Joe Cooke, who has played first-class cricket for Durham MCCU replaced Charlie Hemphrey, and it was he and Nick Selman who opened the batting in a side also featuring Callum Taylor in place of Tom Cullen and Michael Hogan, who was rested for the game last week at Sophia Gardens, returning in place of Graham Wagg.

Cooke had an early life as Emilio Gay at third slip dropped him as he edged his first delivery from Blessing Muzarabani. He then off-drove the tall Zimbabwean pace bowler before nurdling a ball from Brett Hutton through the gully as well as outside-edging Hutton through the slip cordon. His second boundary was far more controlled as he square-drove Muzarabani.

Selman also cover drove Jack White when he entered the attack at the Lyn Wilson End before Cooke slapped Hutton through the covers for three when he returned at the Pavilion End. However, it was White who made the breakthrough as he trapped Cooke l.b.w. with the total on 31. Kiran Carlson duly joined Selman and he also had an early life as he edged his second delivery to first slip where Saif Zaib fumbled the catch.

Selman also cover-drove White for three before guiding Luke Procter with an angled bat through the gully when the all-rounder was introduced at the Pavilion End with Simon Kerrigan, the former Lancashire and England left-spinner also having his first bowl in county matches after a three-year absence. After some watchful reconnaissance, Carlson guided Procter to third man for four before Selman unfurled a pair of languid on-drives for four against the same bowler.

With the total on 68 Muzarabani returned to the attack and immediately claimed a wicket as Carlson swatted a wide, short delivery to point where Kerrigan held a diving low catch. His departure brought Billy Root to the crease shortly before lunch.


Day 2

(writes Andrew Hignell)

Evening update

With the rain having eased, the umpires – Russell Warren and Chris Watts - made an inspection at 3.45pm and agreed to look again at 4.15pm as the groundstaff removed the protective sheets and undertook mopping up operations, but the drizzle returned causing a further delay until 5.10pm with 19.2 overs remaining in the day’s allocation.

The Northampton floodlights were on as Rob Keogh and Ricardo Vasconcelos resumed the batting with Marchant de Lange and Dan Douthwaite resuming the bowling. Vasconcelos cover drove de Lange for four before Keogh clipped Douthwaite for two as the East Midlands side went into the lead. Vasconcelos celebrated by pulling de Lange for four before cutting another short ball for four through point.

Hogan also returned to the fray and delivered a frugal spell to the fifth wicket pairing before Douthwaite ended their stay as he bowled Keogh for 20. Saif Zaib was the new batsman and he guided Douthwaite for four to third man as Northants ended the day on 288-5.


Teatime update

Charlie Thurston and Ben Curran had batted throughout the morning session to reduce the deficit to 65 runs and with both men approaching hundreds, Glamorgan pressed to make further inroads. As yesterday, there was the clatter of wickets immediately after the interval as Timm van der Gugten resumed the bowling duties together with Callum Taylor whose off-spin had its first successful outing in first-class cricket.

In the third over of the session, Nick Selman at second slip took an acrobatic catch diving one-handed high to his left as van der Gugten removed Curran with the total on 202. Thurston then square-cut van der Gugten for four before being dropped at first slip prior to completing his first hundred for Northamptonshire with a dabbed single into the leg-side. Later in the over however, the Dutchman pouched another wicket as Luke Procter drove uppishly to mid-off where Dan Douthwaite completed the catch as Glamorgan secured their first bowling point.

With Rob Keogh as his new partner, Thurston square-cut Taylor for four before outside-edging van der Gugten for four to the vacant third man position. Keogh then on-drove the Dutchman before Taylor continued his dream debut by ending Thurston’s innings as he chopped a ball onto his stumps and departed for 115. Ricardo Vasconcelas, the acting captain, opened his account with an off-driven four against de Lange who returned at the Pavilion End, but shortly afterwards light rain started to fall and as it intensified, the umpires took the players off the field.

With the rain still falling at 3.10pm and the protective covers strewn across the square, the players took an early tea.

Lunchtime update

After a topsy-turvy day yesterday and the remarkable fusillade of blows from debutant Callum Taylor and Michael Hogan during their record-breaking tenth-wicket stand, Glamorgan were looking to regain the upper hand after Northamptonshire’s inexperienced top order had made a spirited reply to the visitors first innings total of 259 by reaching 82-1 in 23 overs before the close of play last night.

With his youthful apprentice, quite rightly, having been in the spotlight yesterday for entering the record books with his audacious maiden hundred, it was Hogan - the older sorcerer – who was hoping to reach a milestone himself needing one further victim for 600 first-class wickets as he resumed the bowling duties at the Lyn Wilson End with Timm van der Gugten operating at the Pavilion End. The right-handed Charlie Thurston made an enterprising start as he collected a brace of two’s against Hogan before flicking the Dutchman to fine-leg for four, followed next ball by a backfoot punch to the ropes at extra-cover to bring up the hundred.

The left-handed Ben Curran then got a thick outside-edge through the gully against Hogan before Thurston completed his fifty with a clip to square-leg against van der Gugten before also punching him off the back foot through backward point for his seventh boundary. His eighth came next over as he off-drove Hogan before slashing a ball over point for six when Marchant de Lange returned to the attack, with his fierce blow also bringing up the century stand.

Dan Douthwaite also returned at the Pavilion End as Curran continued to play the sheet anchor role with the opener top-edging a ball high over the slip cordon against de Lange before pulling and square-cutting him for successive fours to complete his half-century. He also off-drove Douthwaite for four before Kieran Bull entered the fray and was reverse-swept for four by Curran who continued to regain his scoring momentum.

After a probing spell from Douthwaite, Thurston cover drove the young all-rounder before Hogan returned for his second salvo shortly before lunch and was cover driven for four by Curran, with Kiran Carlson – in seam mode – also having a trundle before the interval.


Day 3

(writes Andrew Hignell)

Evening Update

Glamorgan resumed after tea on 111-8, and leading by 38 runs after Dan Douthwaite and Marchant de Lange had bludgeoned 51 runs in just 3.3 overs before the interval. Both were eager to do more when play resumed with 43 overs remaining in the day’s quota as Jack White and Luke Procter resumed the bowling duties. A single into the covers by Douthwaite saw the young all-rounder complete his fifty from 54 balls before de Lange swiped another massive six over mid-wicket against Procter.

Douthwaite then square-cut White for four before striking a full toss from Procter over mid-wicket for six. Left-arm spinner Simon Kerrigan then entered the attack and was twice cut for four by de Lange to complete a 29-ball fifty. Another single by Douthwaite saw their efforts become Glamorgan’s best ninth wicket stand against Northamptonshire and eclipsing the 88 added by Cyril Walters and Frank Ryan at the same ground in 1925.

Another four through the covers by de Lange against Procter plus a huge carve for six to long-on brought up the century stand from just 57 balls. De Lange then again deposited Procter over long-on for six to take the lead over 100 before Rob Keogh’s off-spin was employed and was pulled for six by the South African in the direction of Wellingborough. De Lange also drilled Kerrigan for six over long-on to equal his career-best before scything him high over mid-wicket for six and then on 98 being dropped at long-off.

He then posted his hundred with a hurried single to square-leg reaching three figures from 62 balls – two balls quicker than Gary Butcher’s 64-ball hundred against Oxford University at The Parks, 1997 – and in 74 minutes – four minutes longer than Gilbert Parkhouse’s century at Northampton in 1961 and Majid Khan’s against Warwickshire at Edgbaston in 1972.

Next over de Lange straight drove Kerrigan for another six to beat the highest score by a Glamorgan number ten made by Johnnie Clay who made an unbeaten 101 against Worcestershire at Swansea in 1929. But with the total on 228, the stand ended as Douthwaite was stumped for a Glamorgan-best 86 as he advanced down the wicket to Kerrigan having added 168 in just 19.2 overs. Michael Hogan duly joined the South African and edged Hutton for four before two overs later cover-driving successive deliveries for four over extra-cover.

On 110 de Lange survived a difficult stumping chance as he advanced down the wicket to Kerrigan but three runs later he miscued a drive against the spinner and holed out at backward point having faced just 78 balls and striking 6 fours and 9 sixes. There were 19 overs remaining, plus tomorrow’s 90, at Northamptonshire’s disposal to chase their target of 189, or Glamorgan to claim ten wickets in this extraordinary game. The floodlights were also on as Michael Hogan and Timm van der Gugten opened the bowling before a brief stoppage for rain after 1.4 overs and the loss of three overs. When play resumed, Ben Curran edged van der Gugten through the gully for four before Emilio Gay clipped the Dutchman to mid-wicket for four followed by a trio of edges into the slip cordon against Hogan with the ball in each instance just dropping short of the fielders.

With the total on 27, Curran drove a ball straight back to van der Gugten who snaffled the ball in his follow-through as Charlie Thurston made his way to the middle. He got off the mark with a cover-driven four against van der Gugten before steering Hogan for three through the gully. De Lange then entered the attack at the Pavilion End and was clipped by Gay to square-leg for three. Thurston then punched de Lange off the back foot for four through extra-cover before Kieran Bull had an over and was pulled for four by Thurston before drizzle led to the close of play at 7.10pm as the home team’s target was whittled down to 127 runs.

Afternoon Update

The morning session had seen 7 wickets tumble for 46 runs in the space of 25.1 overs and the wickets continued to fall as Glamorgan resumed after lunch on 2-2. The next came during the third over of the session as  Muzarabani struck again as Billy Root gloved a rising ball down the leg-side with Ricardo Vasconcelas completing another tumbling catch behind the stumps.

Chris Cooke got off the mark by steering the Zimbabwean over the head of the slip cordon for four before on-driving Jack White for three, but later in the over, the bowler made further inroads as he trapped Joe Cooke l.b.w. 15-4 saw Callum Taylor join his captain and he survived a loud appeal for leg before to his first delivery. He was however, not so fortunate next over as Muzarabani struck again with the young tyro caught in the gully as the Welsh county slid further to 16-5.

Dan Douthwaite began with a glance for four to fine-leg before Cooke punched White off the back foot through the covers. In his next over, White claimed his second wicket as the visiting captain, with the total on 28, edged to Hutton at second slip. Timm van der Gugten began with an edged four through the slip cordon before Douthwaite on-drove and pulled successive balls from Hutton to the boundary boards.

With the total on 42, van der Gugten spliced a pull against White into the hands of Thurston in the gully before Muzarabani returned and was clipped to square-leg by Kieran Bull as the fifty came up in the 27th over. Douthwaite then pulled the Zimbabwean for six taking his side past Glamorgan’s all-time low against Northants, achieved at the Arms Park in 1921 when they were bundled out for 54. He continued to counter-attack as he on-drove Muzarabani for another four but with the total on 60, White bowled Bull.

Marchant de Lange began with a lusty drive through mid-wicket for three before Douthwaite clubbed White to long-on for another rustic boundary. De Lange copied the stroke in Muzarabani’s next over before wiping off the arrears with a smear over the head of the gully fielders. The South African then plonked successive deliveries from the Zimbabwean for a pair of massive sixes as the ball ended up in the gardens of the houses lining the leg-side boundary before swiping the next ball for another leg-side boundary.

He followed this by hitting White inside-out over the head of extra-cover for four before Douthwaite spliced a drive to third man against Muzarabani followed by a lofted off-drive for another boundary. He then produced another furious pull for four as Glamorgan went to tea on 111-8

Morning Update

In the absence of many overseas players and others on Kolpak-registrations, several counties have opted to use the games in the Bob Willis Trophy to give opportunities to many of their younger players on the fringe of their regular 1st XI. Northamptonshire are a case in point, resting and rotating a number of experienced players and giving a chance to others such as Charlie Thurston who yesterday posted his maiden hundred for the East Midlands side before being dismissed by Callum Taylor, Glamorgan’s rookie off-spinner, who had himself hit the headlines on Saturday with his audacious century on first-class debut.

There were members of the old guard who were eager to make their mark, not least Michael Hogan who had come into this game at Northampton with the outstanding career tally of 599 wickets in first-class cricket. The 39 year-old duly resumed the bowling with Timm van der Gugten as play resumed this morning under blue skies and with an additional 8 overs following the rain interruption yesterday with the home side looking to build on their 29-run lead in the remaining 32 overs at their disposal under the competition’s regulations restricting first innings to a maximum of 120.

The new ball was taken after a couple of overs with Ricardo Vasconcelas surviving a loud appeal for l.b.w. against Hogan before playing and missing against the evergreen Australian. Saif Zaib also did the same against van der Gugten before, with the total on 291, edging to Nick Selman at second slip with the fielder taking a good low catch to his right as the Welsh county secured a second bowling point.

Brett Hutton joined Vasconcelas who, on 36, had a life as an edge against Hogan just evaded the grasp of third slip. The batsmen then rubbed salt into Glamorgan’s wounds by cover-driving the seamer for four later in the over. Hogan again beat the outside edge of Hutton’s bat before Marchant de Lange replaced him at the Pavilion End and was cover-driven by Vasconcelos as he completed his half-century. Later in the over, de Lange also struck Vasconcelos as he top-edged a pull into his helmet with the ball ricocheting into the slips.

Dan Douthwaite also replaced van der Gugten at the Lyn Wilson End but it was de Lange who claimed the next wicket as Selman completed a head high catch at second slip to remove Hutton. 320-7 nearly became 320-8 as Simon Kerrigan - in his first innings in county cricket since September 2017 at Leicester - survived a sharp chance at third slip but next over Chris Cooke made amends as he snaffled an edge down the leg-side as Kerrigan fended a short ball from Douthwaite.

Vasconcelas, one of the shortest batsmen on the county circuit, was then joined by one of the tallest as Blessing Muzarabani made his way to the middle and turned down a series of runs to protect his partner before holing out to van der Gugten at long-off as de Lange claimed his third wicket and Glamorgan secured their third batting point. Next over, he ended the innings on 332 as he bowled Muzarabani with Northants securing a 73-run lead.

Having taken 5 wickets for 44 runs in 20.2 overs, Glamorgan had twenty minutes batting before lunch with Selman and Joe Cooke facing Hutton and Muzarabani. As in the first innings, the latter found the edge of the bat with his first delivery but whereas Cooke survived first time around, Selman was not so fortunate as Vasconcelos completed the catch diving one-handed to his right in front of first slip. The tall Zimbabwean then struck Kiran Carlson on his helmet before the batsman departed in the final over of the session as he was trapped l.b.w. by Hutton.


Day 4

(writes Andrew Hignell)

Close of Play Report

Northamptonshire began the final session on 115-1, needing a further 74 runs to win from the 31 remaining overs, and with Emilio Gay two runs short of a maiden county fifty as Timm van der Gugten and Dan Douthwaite continued their spells in the blustery conditions. A clip to mid-wicket saw Gay complete his fifty from 103 balls.

With drizzle starting to fall, Thurston then pulled van der Gugten for six over mid-wicket and just out of the reach of a diving Callum Taylor, but later in the over, the rains returned as the players briefly left the field with the home side still needing 63 to win. A further three overs were lost before Thurston hit another leg-side six against the Dutchman before Marchant de Lange returned at the Pavilion End.

With the total on 133, Douthwaite trapped Thurston l.b.w as Luke Procter made his way to the middle with 56 still required. He began with an off-driven three followed by a clip to fine-leg for four plus an assertive drive over mid-off for four. With 19 overs remaining and 35 needed Kieran Bull had a trundle at the Lyn Wilson End and nearly had Procter caught behind the wicket as he bottom-edged a cut into Chris Cooke’s pads.

With shower clouds gathering in the vicinity, Procter continued to adopt an aggressive approach reverse-sweeping Bull for four before playing an orthodox pull to the next delivery. Michael Hogan then returned for a final salvo still searching for his 600th first-class wicket as Procter played a ramp stroke just over the head of a diving Cooke. But two balls later the pair joined forces as, like James Anderson in the Test Match at the Ageas Bowl, Hogan reached his landmark as Procter flirted at a rising delvery and was caught by Cooke, with the Glamorgan captain also completing his 150th dismissal in first-class cricket.

Having been joined by Rob Keogh, Gay off-drove van der Gugten for four before pulling him for two through mid-wicket. With two runs needed, a fine pick-up and throw from cover by Kiran Carlson ran out Keogh as Gay looked to scamper a single. A leg-bye then brought the scores level, before ricardo Vasconcelos hit the winning runs by on-driving Hogan for four with 13.3 overs remaining over.


Afternoon Update

With the rain easing around lunchtime, mopping up operations began at Wantage Road, with the umpires after an initial assessment of conditions at 1.30pm agreeing to look again at 2.15pm. This led to a decision to start at 2.40pm, with a maximum of three hours or 45 overs remaining in the contest, with Glamorgan supporters wondering if there was to be one final twist of fortune in what has been an extraordinary match so far.

Emilio Gay and Charlie Thurston resumed the Northants second innings on 62-1 with 127 runs still required as Michael Hogan and Marchant de Lange continued the bowling conditions in the breezy conditions with both bowlers causing the batsmen to play and miss, with Gay also edging just in front of Nick Selman at second slip.

The wind was so strong that after the bails had been blown off several times, the umpires also agreed to dispense with them before Thurston clipped Hogan to fine-leg for the day’s first boundary and to bring up the 50-stand. Gay also on-drove and cover drove Hogan for a pair of well-timed fours to reduce the target to below 100. Dan Douthwaite then returned at the Lyn Wilson End with Timm van der Gugten operating at the Pavilion End in the period up until tea, with the Northants batsmen accumulating in one’s and two’s before Thurston cover drove Douthwaite for four en route to a 55-ball fifty as they went to tea on115-1 .

Lunchtime Update

After the whirlwind hitting of Marchant de Lange yesterday, it is Storm Francis which is set to make the headlines today as a deep low pressure system has moved east across the country bringing rain, wind and weather warnings, plus flood alerts to many areas.

The loss of the morning session at Northampton will frustrate the home side, who need a further 127 runs to record their first win this summer in the newly-instigated competition, whilst Glamorgan need a further nine wickets. At least, though, the watching journalists and thousands on social media have plenty to write and tweet about after the astonishing batting efforts of de Lange, as well as debutant Callum Taylor on the opening day, with enough having happened from a batting point of view for a new book to be written about the tail-end fightbacks, perhaps with the title (with apologies to George Orwell) “Down and Nearly All Out in Northampton”!