Tame draw at Swalec

Gareth Rees scored his first LV= County Championship century of the season but Glamorgan had to settle for a draw in their Division Two clash with Northamptonshire at Cardiff.

Jamie Dalrymple’s conservative second-innings declaration left Northants 326 to win in a minimum of 56 overs after Glamorgan had pulled in at 232 for three.

But although the visitors were reduced to 10 for two in the fifth over, when James Harris claimed two wickets with successive balls, Northamptonshire hung on despite being precariously placed at 140 for six when time ran out.

First Harris had Stephen Peters well caught by diving wicketkeeper Mark Wallace, before he removed the off stump of first-innings centurion Alex Wakely.

The introduction of spin saw Robert Croft trap Rob White leg before to leave Northamptonshire 48 for three in the 18th over, before Nicky Boje and Mark Nelson steadied the ship with a 57-run stand.

But Adam Shantry broke through twice in two overs after tea to remove Nelson, caught behind, and Boje, who had his leg stump disturbed.

Northamptonshire slumped further to 123 for six when Johan van der Wath was caught by Wallace after the ball ricocheted up off silly point’s body.

But Andrew Hall and David Willey batted out the next 15 overs to ensure Northants no further alarms.

Glamorgan took nine points from the match which saw most of the second day washed out, while Northamptonshire claimed eight.

The Welsh county had resumed on their overnight score of 59 for one, looking to build on an overnight lead of 152.

Rees reached his half-century from 113 balls but lost both Ben Wright and Michael Powell during two consecutive Boje overs.

Wright was trapped lbw going back to a ball which kept quite low, and Powell went in the same manner.

But any thin hopes Northants harboured were snuffed out as Rees and Dalrymple dominated the rest of the innings, putting on 149 in 25 overs either side of lunch, which Glamorgan took at 185 for three.

Monty Panesar finished with rather modest match figures of 2-149 ahead of the first npower Ashes Test at the same ground on July 8.

But Rees, who reverse-swept Boje for two sixes, and Dalrymple both maintained their pursuit of quick runs, especially after lunch when the fourth-wicket pair added 47 in just four overs.

That included the six runs Rees needed to secure his first century of the season.

They were much needed runs for the opening batsman, who had only managed 103 championship runs in his previous nine innings.

When the declaration finally came, Rees had faced 187 balls for his 116 not out, while Dalrymple had taken only 62 balls to reach 70 not out.

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