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KEOGH AND WHITE HAVE GLAMORGAN IN A SPIN

Graeme White and Rob Keogh shared all 20 wickets as Northamptonshire wrapped up a mammoth 318-run win over Glamorgan on the third afternoon at Wantage Road. It was a record runs victory for Northants over Glamorgan.

After setting the visitors a mighty 451 to win, Keogh and White got to work again. Keogh took 9 for 52 in the first innings but it was White who claimed a career-best second-time around with 6 for 44 - his first five-wicket haul in first-class cricket.

Keogh played his part too on day three with four more wickets to finish with 13 for 125 - the best figures for Northamptonshire for 40 years.

The pair saw Northants to just their second win of the season - the first coming against Glamorgan at Swansea at the start of August. The visitors left with only three points, beaten for the sixth time - the most defeats in the division.

Having been swept out for just 124 in 42.5 overs on the second morning, Glamorgan’s second-innings effort at least extended into the afternoon but still contained little resistance to the turning wicket and a the skill of White and Keogh.

White began Glamorgan’s second slide when Jacques Rudolph tried to reverse sweep in the eighth over of the morning and was bowled for 11. Makeshift opener Owen Morgan followed lbw for 22, David Lloyd overbalanced and was stumped for 16 and when Will Bragg was lbw to Keogh for the second time in the match, Glamorgan were already staring down a heavy defeat at 69 for 4.

It appeared only a matter of time before Northants would clean up the lower order. Anuerin Donald swept at a White delivery that didn’t turn as hoped for and Graham Wagg skied a cut to point. The best ball of the day was saved for Mark Wallace, who was beaten by classic left-armer’s delivery and lost his middle-and-off stumps.

White had six-for but it was fitting that Keogh finished Glamorgan off after his wonderful performance on the second morning. Tim van der Gugten was sharply held at leg slip by Rob Newton before a smart offspinner took out Michael Hogan to wrap up the win. 

Northants coach David Ripley said: “We’ve found a bit of form at the wrong end of the season but it’s nice to be playing well. We had some great individual performances and the second day’s play was sensational.

“As a team we felt up for it and there was desire here - you can rev people up but it’s about personal responsibility - and now we want to finish the season strongly.”

 

 

 

 

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