Northamptonshire v Glamorgan, Wantage Road, 1st day

Sales, Boje put Northants on top

July 5, 2010

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Northamptonshire 355 for 5 v Glamorgan
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Northamptonshire's David Sales blasted his first century of the season as the hosts took control on the first day of their County Championship clash against Glamorgan at Wantage Road. Sales, who missed the whole of last season with a serious knee injury, scored 127 off 184 balls and his brilliant knock included 16 fours and one six. Ex-captain Nicky Boje fell for 98 off 107 balls and Stephen Peters also made 76, with James Harris and David Harrison claiming two wickets each for the visitors.

Northants won the toss, chose to bat and got off to a solid start, with openers Peters and Ben Howgego making 47 between them before Harris forced the latter (18) to edge to Mark Cosgrove at third slip. Alex Wakely could only make 16 before edging Harrison to Glamorgan captain Jamie Dalrymple at second slip, who took a simple catch.

Peters and Sales then survived until lunch with their side on 78 for 2, with Sales finally getting off the mark just after the break off the 28th delivery that he faced. Peters then completed a patient half-century off 106 balls and, having taken so long to get going, Sales followed suit off 71 balls thanks to a flurry of boundaries.

Peters, who fell just one run short of a double century in his last Championship match at Middlesex, made it to 76 before edging Dean Cosker to wicketkeeper Mark Wallace to break up a third-wicket stand of 94. It was the only wicket to fall in the afternoon and Sales remained unbeaten alongside Boje as Northants reached 206 for 3 at tea.

Boje made an explosive half-century off just 53 balls before Sales completed his century in the 77th over off 150 balls, his first ton in first-class cricket since his effort in August 2008 against Gloucestershire.

Boje was just two short of his first hundred of the season when he was trapped lbw by Harris eight overs before the close to end a magnificent fourth-wicket partnership of 175. It was just eight runs short of the Northants record against Glamorgan, made by Sales and Rob White in Swansea two years ago.

Harrison finally managed to remove Sales by taking out his middle stump in the following over as Glamorgan's attack made full use of the new ball. Zimbabwe's Elton Chigumbura and captain Andrew Hall then survived a late onslaught to finish unbeaten on six and five respectively.

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Posted by CricketingStargazer on (July 5, 2010, 21:01 GMT)

If Glamorgan win this match they would start to open a gap at the top of CC2 that will start to look alarming, particularly as their two closest rivals (Sussex and Gloucestershire) face off in the other game that starts this week. Kudos to Northants for slowing the Glamorgan charge; the chasing pack will be hoping that they can continue to dominate, just as the Welsh fans will be hoping for a strong comeback. Glamorgan have been my team to watch for a couple of seasons with their smart signings and, this season, it looks like that are coming good.

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