Ben Duckett’s speedy century helped put Northamptonshire in control of the Specsavers County Championship match against Glamorgan in Cardiff.
The opener hit the milestone in just 93 balls, becoming the first Northamptonshire player to hit a ton against county opposition in 2018 in the process. Duckett was ably supported by Luke Procter’s 50 not out at the other end, and with the pair ending the day with an unbeaten stand of 169 the visitors headed into the changing rooms with a 200-run lead beckoning.
In all it was a very positive day for Northamptonshire, whose bowlers shared Glamorgan’s 10 wickets between them earlier in the day to dismiss the Welsh county for 254.
The only blots on the landscape were a 10th-wicket partnership of 38, an extras total of 30 – which would have been Glamorgan’s second highest run scorer – and a century scored by Australian Usman Khawaja.
Khawaja’s 103 made him the first Glamorgan player in history to score a century in his first three Specsavers County Championship matches for the county, and his knock was ended by Richard Levi’s catch at fine leg off Brett Hutton.
Procter had taken two Glamorgan wickets in the first session as the Welsh county battled to 115 for three in their first innings reply to 281. Nick Selman was first to depart, touching an out-swinger to keeper Adam Rossington off Ben Sanderson for 29.
Jack Murphy was then trapped lbw for 21 from Luke Procter’s second delivery of the day before Owen Morgan was caught behind for 20, having struck four fours. Kiran Carlson, off the mark from the sixteenth delivery he faced, was struck in front by Sanderson, who bowled Chris Cooke two balls later before Andrew Salter was lbw to Brett Hutton, with Glamorgan in trouble on 195 for six.
Ruaidhri Smith was dropped by Levi at second slip on two, before Nathan Buck took three wickets in successive overs, getting Smith caught behind before bowling both Prem Sisodiya and Timm van der Gugten.
Khawaja was eventually dismissed for 103 as Glamorgan were all out with a first innings deficit of 27.
The effort in the field was rewarded by Duckett and Procter, whose late fireworks have Northamptonshire in a dominant position going into day three.
Coverage from Cardiff begins at 11am with commentary on the BBC Sport website, and you can see Ben Duckett’s post-day reaction interview now on the Northamptonshire Cricket app, available to download onto iOS and Android phones and tablets.