Glamorgan suffer mid-innings collapse in LV County Championship clash with Northamptonshire
GLAMORGAN suffered a mid-innings collapse on the second day of their LV County Championship match against Northamptonshire.
The Welsh county were in a strong position at 158 for four, but added just another 83 runs for their remaining six wickets.
Having gone to lunch on 96/2, Glamorgan looked to consolidate in the afternoon as Northants pushed for further wickets as Trent Copeland returned to the attack together with Mohammad Azharullah who had not bowled in the morning session.
In his second over, the newly-capped all-rounder Steven Crook ended the third wicket stand of Chris Cooke and Murray Goodwin as Cooke clipped his bail.
Jim Allenby joined Goodwin with the score on 142 for three and after a few let- offs, Goodwin's good fortune ended as he got a faint edge to a glance down the leg-side and was caught by a tumbling David Murphy.
A score of 158 for four immediately became 158 for five as remarkably Mark Wallace departed in identical fashion as he also attempted to glance left-armer Crook.
Graham Wagg then survived the hat-trick ball, but was dismissed for 13, with the total on 184, after a superb diving catch by Alex Wakely at point.
With Glamorgan on 189, John Glover edged a ball from Crook which cannoned off Murphy's outstretched gloves before Andrew Hall safely grasped the rebound.
Two overs later Crook struck again as Andrew Salter miscued a pull and was caught at mid-off.
Dean Cosker saw Glamorgan over the 200 mark by drilling Crook through the covers before being dropped at first slip shortly before tea.
Cosker went on to make an unbeaten 14 as Glamorgan were all out for 241.
Northamptonshire made a solid start in pursuit of that total, finishing the day on 85 without loss.
Stephen Peters (39) and James Middlebrook (38) were at the crease.