Levi cen­tury keeps Northants in hunt

Edwin Charles sees Northants keep pres­sure on as care­less Glam­or­gan waste their chances

The Cricket Paper - - LIVE -

Richard Levi put a dif­fi­cult sea­son be­hind him to score his first cen­tury of the sea­son and keep Northamp­ton­shire’s out­side pro­mo­tion hopes alive.

He made the most of be­ing dropped by Ki­ran Carl­son off Lukas Carey to reach a bel­liger­ent cen­tury off 97 de­liv­er­ies to help Northants to a 103-run first in­nings lead.

It was am­ple re­ward for Levi who had missed a sub­stan­tial part of the sea­son af­ter suf­fer­ing from con­cus­sion.

And it prompted Glam­or­gan head coach Robert Croft to take the un­usual ac­ti­ion of get­ting his mis­fir­ing at­tack on the out­field dur­ing the sec­ond day lunch in­ter­val to prac­tise for 10 min­utes.

That seemed to work as his at­tack took a lead from the ever ac­cu­rate Michael Ho­gan to claim four Northants wick­ets for 19 runs ei­ther side of the tea in­ter­val.

With Levi fall­ing im­me­di­ately af­ter com­plet­ing his cen­tury the Northants lead, how­ever sub­stan­tial, was kept to man­age­able pro­por­tions.

Glam­or­gan, hav­ing elected to bat first, had been in trou­ble at 102-6 on day one, be­fore An­drew Sal­ter (59) and Craig Meschede (49) guided them to 207 all out.

Richard Glee­son claimed five wick­ets as Glam­or­gan’s care­less­ness was epit­o­mised by Jacques Ru­dolph’s dis­missal, bowled shoul­der­ing arms to the Northants’ medium pacer.

Then when Meschede and An­drew Sal­ter had af­fected a re­cov­ery with a 97run stand, the for­mer man­aged to get him­self stumped off left-arm spin­ner Si­mon Ker­ri­gan.

The care­less­ness showed it­self in the field, too, when Levi was dropped to sur­ren­der a po­ten­tially en­cour­ag­ing po­si­tion for the Welsh county af­ter Northants lost the early wick­ets of Ben Duck­ett and David Mur­phy for 49.

Rob New­ton struck a 95-ball fifty to guide the vis­i­tors, who had scored 78 in the first hour, to 137-2 at lunch.

But from be­ing 248-4 at tea they fell to 310 all out with Ho­gan be­ing re­warded for his ex­cel­lence with 4-58.

Trail­ing by 103, Glam­or­gan be­gan their sec­ond in­nings poorly, los­ing Nick Sel­man for 13 when he was bowled by the per­sis­tent Glee­son be­fore Glam­or­gan closed on 63-1, 40 be­hind.

But the tar­get for Northants stretched be­yond 200 on a rain-in­ter­rupted third day as vi­tal Glam­or­gan con­tri­bu­tions from Carl­son and Chris Cooke were backed by Marchant de Lange’s big-hit­ting.

PIC­TURE: Getty Im­ages

On the up: Richard Levi made his first Cham­pi­onship ton this sea­son

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.