Rossington suffers injury scare as Northants' clash with Glamorgan heads towards a draw

Northants' LV= Insurance County Championship clash with Glamorgan looks to be heading towards a draw after an intriguing third day at Wantage Road.

Saturday, 24th April 2021, 9:39 pm
Updated Saturday, 24th April 2021, 9:40 pm
Wayne Parnell scored a crucial half century for Northants

Glamorgan's Nick Selman found his form with a half-century as the Welsh side piled on the runs to set up what could be an interesting final day.

There was also an injury scare for Northants, with skipper Adam Rossington suffering a finger injury while keeping.

Opener Selman had experienced a wretched opening five innings of the season, with a run of 4, 0, 0, 11 and 17 before he terminated his poor form with a solid 69.

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His efforts, along with Billy Root’s 56, helped Glamorgan reach close on 205 for four, 248 ahead, although an increasingly flat pitch is likely to stand in the way of victory over Northants.

Earlier, Gareth Berg and debutant Wayne Parnell both scored half-centuries to give Northants a first-innings deficit of 43 – having at one point been 76 for five.

Rossington and Saif Zaib had rebuilt phenomenally on the second day, but Berg and Parnell’s eighth-wicket stand of 108 pulled the match towards parity.

The experienced pair scored freely despite an early new ball, as they chalked up previously unlikely batting points for passing 300 and 350.

Parnell reached his half-century first, from 81 balls, thanks to a wonderfully caressed cover drive, before the experienced duo touched gloves on a three-figure stand.

Berg was forced to wait to follow his partner to the milestone as he dropped twice in the same over by James Weighell, off his own bowling, before Parnell departed - the South African all-rounder yorked by Weighell for 54.

Berg did eventually get to 50 in 83 balls as he and Nathan Buck added 34 together.

Northants’ innings ended when Buck was snaffled at backward point, with Weighell managing to get his fingers underneath a dipping ball, and Ben Sanderson was castled – leaving Berg unbeaten on 69.

As with the first-innings, Glamorgan’s openers David Lloyd and Selman moved past 50 together without an ounce of fuss.

Selman was dropped on 15 by Rossington, who damaged a finger on his left hand in the process and was forced to off the field for the remainder of the day.

Ricardo Vasconcelos kept and captained in Rossington’s place and almost immediately was called upon as Buck found Lloyd’s outside edge.

Buck struck again in his following over, to keep up the flurry of wickets trend which has shaped the match so far, as Andy Balbirnie mistimed a pull to the short legside boundary.

Selman, having past 50 in 124 balls, departed for 69 when he flicked Berg down the leg side to give Vasconcelos a second grab with the gloves.

Root, having begun the season with a century against Yorkshire, passed his half-century in 103 balls before he was also caught behind, for 56 off Sanderson.

Northamptonshire vs Glamorgan at Wantage Road

Day three

Glamorgan: 407 all out & 205-4 lead Northants 364 all out by 248 runs