County Championship: Bore draw for Glamorgan and Northants

Charlie Hemphrey
Batsman Charlie Hemphrey was one of 10 bowlers used by Glamorgan as Northants recorded a record score of 750.
Specsavers County Championship Division Two, Sophia Gardens (day four):
Glamorgan 570-8 dec: Root 126, Labuschagne 121, Carlson 111, Cooke 70* & 70-1
Northamptonshire 750: Vasconcelos 184, Keogh 150, Newton 105, Rossington 70, Cobb 60, Buck 53; Labuschagne 3-122
Glamorgan (11 pts) drew with Northants (11 pts)
Scorecard

Northants racked up the highest ever score against Glamorgan as they reached 750 all out in a marathon seven sessions at the crease.

There was never any prospect of a positive result on a tedious final day on a featherbed pitch.

Rob Keogh took his score to 150, while Josh Cobb (70) and tail-ender Nathan Buck (53) also weighed in.

Glamorgan reached 70-1 in the farcical last hour of a frustrating game.

It was Northants' second highest total, second only to their 781 against Notts in 1995, as Glamorgan used 10 bowlers in sending down a colossal 227.3 overs.

But the state of the wicket meant the visitors opted for batting practice rather than declaring earlier, with both sides taking an 11-point haul from the game after their struggles in 2018.

Glamorgan head coach Matthew Maynard, asked about the pitch by BBC Sport Wales:

"It's a game of chances, we had five opportunities to take wickets and had we taken those early on you never know. It's not so much the flatness of the wicket, the ball didn't move in the air for either side. I was delighted with the four days, it's been a brilliant work-out for our bowlers with the intensity they showed throughout the innings.

"Overall I thought we'll get a lot more out of this game than Northants, the pro-active way we batted, and how we were aggressive with every spell we had with the ball.

"(The last hour) wasn't good, I've spoken to the ECB for years, if there's no possible (win/loss) result at tea on the final day that should be it because no-one wants to see that kind of cricket."

Northants captain Alex Wakeley told BBC Radio Northampton:

"It was a really poor cricket wicket, if you play consistently on that, you're not going to get good games. However you see it, you can't enjoy games like that and it says it all when our batsmen are scoring runs and are still coming off frustrated.

"I don't want to dwell on it too much, we take a lot of positives from it, Ricardo Vasconcelos' 180 was phenomenal, Rob Newton did a steady job as always, and then Kesey (Keogh) getting back in the runs as well.

"If you look at where we are this year compared to last year, it's chalk and cheese."

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