Glamorgan captaincy inspires Marcus North

Marcus North

Marcus North says the role of Glamorgan one-day captain has given him extra motivation to do well this season.

Australian North top-scored in Glamorgan's opening two Yorkshire Bank 40 victories over Yorkshire and Middlesex.

North admits he underperformed for Glamorgan in one-day competitions last season.

"I think having the responsibility as the leader of the side has certainly helped," North told BBC Wales Sport.

"It's something I've had for six years back in Australia.

"I wasn't proud of the way I performed last year and found it very difficult to get going in one-day cricket.

"[I'm] very motivated to do well and certainly trying to lead from the front and put a bad season in one-day cricket behind me and make sure I have a really good one this year."

North has been appointed captain for the 40 over competition as well as the Twenty-20 competition, while Mark Wallace captains the Championship side.

The former Australian Test player scored 68 as Glamorgan beat Yorkshire by 28 runs in their opening YB40 game of the season.

North top-scored again a day later as Glamorgan defeated Middlesex by 26 runs at Lord's to top Group C.

The 33-year-old's 137 not out was his his highest score in limited overs cricket and his best batting performance at the home of English cricket.

"I was pretty motivated to get some runs at Lord's," North said.

"I've played here a few times and I think my highest score might have been 20 or 30. It was a bit of a bogey ground for me.

"I don't know how many games I'm going to play here in the future so I certainly wanted to get 100 at Lord's.

"It's certainly something to look back on and [it] was a special innings for me personally."

The Welsh side's next YB40 game is at home to the Unicorns at the Swalec Stadium on Sunday.

Glamorgan were beaten by the semi-professional side in August 2011 but North insists that defeat will motivate his side to secure a third successive victory.

"The boys have told me we haven't been overly successful against them," North added.

"We're aware of it but it's going to motivate us. We've got a lot of confidence from these first two games.

"I can't express enough to this group how important every single game is."