Sam Northeast leads thrilling chase as Glamorgan hunt down 341
With a run feast victory over Northamptonshire at Sophia Gardens, Glamorgan made headway toward the consolation prize of fourth place in Group B. They chased down 340.
After a century from Sam Northeast set the stage, half centuries from Eddie Byrom and Colin Ingram also played a significant role. Billy Root, 39, and 19-year-old wicketkeeper batsman Alex Horton, 44, saw their side home with an unbroken partnership of 81.
Northamptonshire was able to establish an impressive total thanks to centuries from Ricardo Vasconcelos, Rob Keogh, and Sam Whiteman, as well as 88 from Sam Whiteman. Their preferred bowler was Jack White, but the other players cost a lot of money.
Northamptonshire had 340 for 5, while Glamorgan concluded with 343 for 5. Both teams knew going into the game that they were competing for mid-table positions and that their best chance of making the playoffs was to rank fourth.
After winning the toss, Northamptonshire decided to bat first on the batting track, and openers Vasconcelos and Whiteman immediately got to work defending their choice.
The pair reached the halfway point in eight overs, and they had already added 141 for their first stand when Whiteman was dismissed for 88 from just 75 balls after being well caught by Glamorgan captain Kiran Carlson at extra cover off the spin of Ben Kellaway.
Vasconcelos served as the basis upon which they could construct the innings. Even though he scored at just under a run per ball despite being far from slow, Keogh was free to strike right away because of his presence.
Vasconcelos scored 106 before being dismissed by Smith, while Keogh scored exactly 100 from 75 balls before being superbly caught on the boundary by Root off the bowling of Sam Gorvi. Both batsmen would score hundreds in a partnership of 117.
In a performance that lacked bite, all of the Glamorgan bowlers averaged more than a run per ball. Jamie McIlroy was the best bowler until he also received some punishment at the end, while Gorvin concluded with two wickets in his final over.
Byrom and Northeast, the Glamorgan openers, began cautiously before Tom Taylor’s six and three fours in four balls from Northeast ignited the game.
The collaboration between the Welsh County players reached 50 after only seven overs, and Byrom seized the initiative to reach 100 in the 12th over.
Within a few balls of one another, both players reached their half centuries, with Byrom doing so first. Byrom was unsuccessful in his attempt to guide a short delivery from James Sales and was stopped only by a diving, one-handed catch by goalkeeper Lewis McManus.
Glamorgan has reached 157 for 1, which would be a decent T20 score, after 20 overs. Colin Ingram arrived at the wicket in an aggressive mindset.
With the identical hit in the 28th over, off just 43 balls, Ingram reached his half century as well as the 200th run for his team. After calmly reaching three figures in just 104 balls, Northeast was clean bowled the next ball by a Jack White inswinging full toss.
When Ingram skied a leading edge and was bowled by Tom Taylor for 69, it was unexpected because he appeared to be in control. Even worse came next when Kiran Carlson was caught on the boundary for 28 again off Taylor.
While Root and Horton kept Glamorgan’s hopes alive, Ben Kellaway cheaply responded to Alex Russell’s leg spin. Horton had a significant impact since he consistently located the border, while Root provided the level headedness necessary to complete the task.