An 86 run partnership from Adam Rossington and Josh Cobb helped Northamptonshire fight back from 61/5 to post 209 before rain and bad light saw Day 1 cut short.
Josh Cobb came into the side to replace Somerset loanee Jamie Overton, the pace bowler being recalled by his home county the previous week. A green-tinged pitch greeted the visitors who didn’t contest the toss, electing to bowl first.
Glamorgan made a fast start to the day as they claimed the early wicket of Ben Curran as the opener edged a Michael Hogan delivery to first slip in the 5th over. A further 30 runs were added by a Vasconcelos and Wakely partnership before the former was bowled by a swinging Marchant De Lange ball. This wicket brought Temba Bavuma to the crease. After an impressive crunching pull shot for 4 Bavuma was heading back to the pavilion as he became the second Northamptonshire victim of the Glamorgan slip cordon. 50 was brought up in the 17th over as Rob Keogh got off the mark with a lovely driven boundary. But he was unable to add to his score as he edged behind to first slip, leaving the score at 57/4. Just as Wakely was settling into his innings on 28 he lost his wicket courtesy of a fantastic diving catch from Dan Douthwaite at second slip. Some crunching blows by Cobb (9*) and Rossington (21*) ensued, as the pair guided Northamptonshire to lunch at 89/5.
Northamptonshire began to counter-attack after the loss of early wickets, the 100 coming up with a fine straight drive courtesy of Rossington’s bat in the 31st over. The partnership moved past 50 in the 34th over as Northamptonshire began to build a score. Rossington then brought up his half century from 76 balls, an important innings in the context of the game. The partnership was ended on 86 though, after Cobb feathered one to the keeper having played his part in clawing back the score from 61/5 to 147/6. Rossington continued to take the fight to the Glamorgan bowling attack with some fine strokes before he top edged a Hogan delivery in the hunt for more runs on 77, leaving Northamptonshire 196/7. Wood quickly followed as he feathered behind for a duck, before a clip through square leg from Proctor brought up the 200. Late on in the afternoon session Buck edged to second slip without scoring before the umpires called an early tea with a bit of rain in the air.
After a lengthy rain delay, play resumed with a further 22 overs scheduled in the evening session. 8 runs were added before de Lange claimed his fourth wicket, bowling Sanderson for 2, Proctor the not out batsman on 26. Northamptonshire finished on 209, with Glamorgan given 20 overs to navigate until the close of play. Ben Sanderson and Luke Wood opened the bowling for Northamptonshire, both looking threatening and beating the bat. However they could only manage 4 overs before bad light lead to stumps on day 1.
Northamptonshire 209 (Rossington 77, Cobb 31)
Play resumes tomorrow at 11.