County Championship: Northants openers hit back against Glamorgan

Ricardo Vasconcelos
Ricardo Vasconcelos has a first-class best of 140
Specsavers County Championship Division Two, Sophia Gardens (day two):
Glamorgan 570-8 dec: Root 126, Labuschagne 121, Carlson 111, Cooke 70*
Northamptonshire 234-0: Vasconcelos 125*, Newton 85*
Glamorgan 5 pts, Northants 3 pts

Northants openers Ricardo Vasconcelos and Rob Newton compiled a record unbeaten stand against Glamorgan of 234 as the visitors fought back hard.

Needing 421 to avoid the follow-on, Northants got more than half-way as the bowlers laboured in vain.

Vasconcelos (125*) dominated the stand with 18 boundaries, with Newton's 85 a more cautious affair.

Earlier Glamorgan captain Chris Cooke (70*) took his side to 570 for eight declared.

Overnight centurions Billy Root and Kiran Carlson fell early on, but the home total was also a record for the county against Northants as both attacks failed to extract any life from the pitch.

Glamorgan captain Chris Cooke told BBC Sport Wales:

"It's quite a placid wicket and they've batted very well but we're still quite a long way ahead and there's a lot of time left in the game, so a couple of early wickets in the morning and you never know.

"It's a really good wicket with the batsmen able to fill our boots in April, but it spun quite a bit for Marnus (Labuschagne) and it could go up and down,

"(De Lange) bowled really well on his comeback, he ran in really quickly and he was hitting the gloves hard, but he was unlucky as we put two chances down.

"We felt we had quite a lot of runs (at the declaration) and if we had to bat again in the game that would be ok, it hedged our bets a little bit."

Northants batsman Ricardo Vasconcelos told BBC Radio Northampton:

"It's nice to get a hundred, I rode my luck a bit and though they bowled quite nicely, (the wicket) didn't really do much from the beginning so Newts and myself just looked to bat the day and we've got a long way to go still.

"The hundred (a second for Northants) is something I've trying to get for a while and I'm trying to push for the one-day side, so I'm really happy.

"We were very surprised at the declaration, we thought they'd come out (after lunch) and try to really bat us into the ground. It was nice to get that 40-minute to prepare as batsmen as they let us know quite early which we thought was a bit strange.

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