Northants batsmen shine after being put in

First published in Latest cricket

ROB Newton and David Sales both scored centuries as Northamptonshire’s batsmen dominated the second day of their LV= County Championship match against Glamorgan at Wantage Road.

After being made to bat, Northamptonshire closed on 336 for five with Newton smashing a career-best 117 off only 113 balls – his sensational knock including 14 fours and three sixes.

Sales’ innings was not quite as spectacular, but brilliant nonetheless as he made an unbeaten 129 off 277 deliveries with 16 fours.

After the first day was washed out without a ball being bowled, Glamorgan won the toss and chose to field as the second day began on time.

And they took the wicket of Stephen Peters with the final ball of the first over when he edged James Harris to Jim Allenby at second slip after facing six deliveries without scoring.

John Glover was brought into the attack in the 12th over and with his second ball he took out Kyle Coetzer's leg stump after the Scotland international had made 22.

Sales and Alex Wakely then batted out the rest of the morning session as Northamptonshire reached lunch on 78 for two.

Wakely had moved on to 30 in the afternoon before he was taken by Stewart Walters at first slip to give Glover his second wicket.

Sales, however, hung around to complete a patient half-century off 129 balls with a four through mid-wicket off Harris.

Newton had since joined him at the crease and he was to reach 50 at a quicker pace, off 66 deliveries, including two huge sixes over mid-wicket, as the hosts moved on to 190 for three at tea.

The fourth-wicket pair took their partnership beyond 100 in the evening session with Newton the first to complete his century, the third of his career, off only 104 balls.

Sales then followed suit in the very next over to complete his 26th first-class ton and his second in this season’s County Championship off a more pedestrian 229 deliveries.

Newton eventually holed out when he hammered Will Bragg to substitute fielder Aneurin Norman at deep mid-wicket to end a magnificent stand of 187.

That beat the previous best fourth-wicket partnership for Northamptonshire against Glamorgan, beating the 183 made between Sales and Rob White at Swansea in 2008.

Northamptonshire captain Andrew Hall made just eight before he nudged Huw Waters to his opposite number – Glamorgan wicketkeeper Mark Wallace.

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