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August 30, 2012
Glamorgan 45 for 1 trail Northamptonshire 432 for 8 dec (O'Brien 182 ) by 387 runs
Niall O'Brien struck a career-best 182 and was roundly booed in the process as Northamptonshire's Division Two clash against Glamorgan at Cardiff appears doomed to end in a tame draw.
Glamorgan had hoped to set up a winning position going into the final day but Northamptonshire seemed happy to settle for a share of the spoils.
Northamptonshire eventually declared their first inning 30 minutes before the end of the third day on 432 for 8. At the close Glamorgan had reached 10 for 0 from seven overs.
The morning session was a complete wash-out, as was the whole of day two. Despite the players being allowed to use the nets on the square, umpires Neil Mallender and Steve Garratt said the surrounds were still too wet to resume. After two inspections they called for an early lunch, with play getting under way at 1.10pm. Northamptonshire seemed in no hurry to move the game along after resuming their first innings on 241 for 4, and lost their captain Andrew Hall in the fourth over of the day. Hall missed a straight ball from Huw Waters which knocked his off stump out of the ground. O'Brien reached his 150 from 388 balls with just 12 fours. It took him two minutes shy of eight hours just as Northamptonshire brought up their 300. With Glamorgan getting frustrated by Northamptonshire's lack of urgency on the dead wicket and the home fans resorting to slow hand clapping, the Welsh county turned to part-time bowlers Ben Wright and Will Bragg, who had three first-class wickets between them. Northamptonshire reached tea at 338 for 6 with O'Brien six runs away from his career best. But as he walked to the pavilion he was booed off by a section of the crowd not happy that the visitors had added only 97 runs in 41 overs in the afternoon session. O'Brien was eventually out after nine hours, for 182, caught at slip off Marcus North. It ended a nine-hour vigil. North struck again to have David Murphy stumped for 54 from 133 balls.
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