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NORTHANTSNorthamptonshire (English County)
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Gloucestershire were openly wondering whether their stitchedtogether attack would have the power to ball out Northants twice on a pitch where runs were plentiful.
Recommendation Gloucestershire 1pt10-11 BetVictor FORMGUIDE MIDLANDS/WEST/WALES GLOUCESTERSHIRE v GLAMORGAN (a) W9wkts Somerset (h) L9wkts N'hants (h) L7wkts Warks (a) L19runs Worcs (a) Noresult Glam (h) Noresult Gloucs (h) W8runs Northants (a) L4wkts Somerset (a) L47runs Warks (h) W5runs * Warks (h) Noresult Somerset (a) NoResult Northants SOUTH SURREY v HAMPSHIRE (a) L7wkts Hants (h) W7wkts Surrey (a) L3wkts Essex (a) W6wkts Essex (a) L8wkts Kent (a) W4wkts Middx (a) W28runs* Middx (a) W6wkts Kent (h) W17runs Essex (h) L3runs Kent (h) L6wkts Middx *D/Lmethod STANDINGS MIDLANDS/WALES/WEST P W L T NR Pts NRR Somerset.
Chasing 181, Northants openers David Sales and Vaas raced to 50 off just 27 balls as they took the game to the Yorkshire attack.
Wharf will return after missing the championship game against Northants, while Gillespie is rested for tomorrow's game and the clash against Hampshire at the Rose Bowl on Monday.
Northants skipper David Sales tried eight different bowlers during the fourth day's play, including two overs from Bilal Shafayat, but the Essex pair managed to put on 230 for the third wicket, before Cook departed It would have been just reward for Cook had he reached his first ever first-class double hundred, but the left-hander's patience finally snapped and he was caught by Australian Martin Love off the bowling of Ben Phillips.
The Australian danced with delight after recording his first century for the Welsh country in the national league and broke the top score of a Glamorgan player against Northants in this competition - which was previously held by Rodney Ontong in 1982.
Northants, who won the toss and batted first, soon found that an awkward, two-paced pitch made fluent stroke play extremely difficult and they were heavily reliant on a solid innings of 80 not out off 106 balls from opener Russell Warren.
Recommendations J Roy top Surrey runscorer 1pt 9-2 Blue Square Northants 2pts 8-11 general
Although Glamorgan's follow-on total is a challenging 382, the refusal to declare earlier seemed odd, considering the turbulent weather forecast, with Northants knowing they needed to bowl out David Hemp's side twice to record their first championship victory of the season.
Durham (8pts) drew with Derbys (10pts); Northampton: Northants 289 & 400-6 dec v Lancs 301 & 103.
The daylight between the 2002 champions and bottom club Northants, therefore, looks likely to contract to a handful of points, and there is no argument now that Surrey are just as thoroughly involved in the basement battle as the team who ought to deservedly beat them here.
GLAMORGAN lost both opening batsmen this morning before rain stopped play on the second day in their Frizzell County Championship game with Northants at Sophia Gardens, writes Gareth Griffiths.
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