Glamorgan: Marcus North praises victory over Unicorns

Glamorgan celebrate a wicket for Michael Hogan at Southend

Glamorgan's 85-run win over the Unicorns in Southend was exactly what the team needed, says one-day captain Marcus North.

The Welsh County halted a run of two defeats in the Yorkshire Bank 40 to keep alive their hopes of qualifying for the knock-out stages.

"It's exactly what we needed," said the former Australian Test batsman.

"There's been a couple of disappointing results in this competition so it was nice to come here and play well."

The Welsh County were always in control after Chris Cooke (98), Jim Allenby (85) and Mark Wallace (51) guided them to a total of 300.

And a tight display by the bowlers meant the Unicorns - who had never previously lost to Glamorgan - were always struggling.

The result leaves Glamorgan lying fourth in Pool C, two points behind leaders Gloucestershire.

However, only two points separate the top five teams in the Group, with Glamorgan's next match coming against third-placed Leicestershire on Wednesday, 19 June.

"This group is wide open. We knew after that tough result in Somerset we needed to have a good win here," said North.

"[We have to] make sure we have a good win against Leicester next week and if we do that we're sitting in a really good position.

"Most teams are beating each other, so there's no one that's really run away with it so we're right in the hunt."

North came off with a shoulder injury at Southend, but says he will be fit for Glamorgan's LV= County Championship Division Two match against Kent which starts at Canterbury on Wednesday, 12 June.