• Hall’s heroics can’t save Northants

    Andrew Hall, Dawid Malan and Wayne Madsen are the Saffas making an impact in the County Championship this week. By Dan Gillespie

    In Hove, Sussex thrashed Northamptonshire by an innings and 85 runs within three days, Luke Wright’s 158 setting up Sussex for the win. Veteran Proteas all-rounder Andrew Hall was the shining light for Northants, taking 4-77 in 30 overs in Sussex’s sole innings.

    Despite that performance from Hall, Sussex managed to pile on 405, skittled Northants out for 116 in the first innings, and then wrapped the game up by bowling them for 204 in the second.

    The loss wasn’t enough to drop Northants from the top of the Division 1 table just yet, but if Yorkshire manage to beat Durham in Leeds, they will climb above them. That game enters it’s third day on Wednesday, with Durham just 20.4 overs into their first innings. Keaton Jennings, son of former SA U19 coach Ray, is not out on 25 overnight, and Durham are on 50-1, 376 runs behind Yorkshire’s first innings total of 426.

    In Middlesex, England-born, South African-raised batsmanĀ Dawid Malan continues his good form, making his second century in as many games. His 124 helped his side to 338, with Alfonso Thomas and Alviro Petersen‘s Somerset in a bit of trouble at 153-4 in reply. Thomas took 2-61 in Middlesex’s innings, while Petersen suffered a rare failure with the bat, making 1.

    In Division Two, Wayne Madsen hit a measured 90 for Derbyshire, the largest contribution in his side’s first-innings total of 275. In reply, Essex are on 202-5 going into day three, led by Nick Brown’s 86 not out.

    Over in Wales, home side Glamorgan are in trouble heading into the last day, still 175 runs behind Surrey’s first-innings total of 589-8 declared. Former Proteas star Jacques Rudolph had a first innings to forget, making just 5 as Glamorgan reached 232, but made up for that with a rapid 73 in the second innings, before getting out LBW to 22-year-old fast bowler Matt Dunn.

    At the Rose Bowl, Kyle Abbott has had a quiet game so far, not managing to take a wicket in the 10 overs he’s bowled. His side, Hampshire, made 297 all out batting first, with Gloucestershire on 94-1 from 26 overs in reply at stumps on day two.

    Tuesday night also featured a game in the T20 Blast, with Nottinghamshire beating Warwickshire by six runs in Birmingham. Riki Wessels made 29 from 14 balls in Notts’ total of 158, with the Bears falling short despite a 42-ball 51 from Irish star William Porterfield.

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