County Championship: Northants hammer Glamorgan by 233 runs

Brett Hutton bowling for Northants
Brett Hutton claimed two key wickets on day four in Cardiff
Specsavers County Championship Division Two, Sophia Gardens Cardiff (day four):
Northamptonshire 281 & 406-9 dec: Duckett 133, Vasconcelos 79, Crook 73, Procter 70; Smith 4-75
Glamorgan 254 & 200: Prasanna 4-49
Northants (21 pts) beat Glamorgan (5 pts) by 233 runs

Northampton climbed off the bottom of the Championship second division with a second successive victory, beating Glamorgan by an emphatic 233-run margin.

With the visitors needing six wickets on the final day, Brett Hutton claimed the key wickets of Kiran Carlson (32) and Chris Cooke (22).

Spinner Seekkuge Prasanna bowled a marathon spell taking 4-49.

Glamorgan captain Michael Hogan did not bat, being absent for family reasons.

Northants coach David Ripley told BBC Radio Northampton:

"The real promising thing was how we batted, we've had a bit of stick for how we've batted but we've had seven guys batting in excess of 100 balls for us in the game and that second innings score really killed it for Glamorgan, I thought we were always in control.

"We needed to come out and do a decent job with the ball, Sando (Ben Sanderson) led from the front though didn't get the wickets he has done, and nice to see Seekkuge make a contribution at the end.

"We'll just keep eking out the wins if we can and see where that takes us, you'd imagine (promotion) is a long shot given how we started the season, but we want to play better cricket, get a few guys back from injury and that'll help us with the T20."

Glamorgan coach Robert Croft told BBC Sport Wales:

"We had a poor day two, that's what cost us with that partnership between Duckett and Procter and it ran away from us, since prior to that we'd done well to get close (on first innings) since Usman Khawaja's knock was outstanding yet again.

"There are common threads (to five defeats), some parts are not that unexpected since we're getting a lot of batsmen getting starts and not capitalising on them, and that can be synonymous with a group of players at the early stages of their careers.

"There's expectation on us in T20, I've been very encouraged by the way the team have played in the last two seasons and it's probably a timely gap (in the Championship). Promotion wasn't at the forefront of our mind and our strategy, at the forefront is giving opportunity to Glamorgan-developed players."

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