Rory Kleinveldt took his fifth five-wicket haul for Northants as Glamorgan struggled to 166-6 in the English County Championship.
It is all rather meaningless, as Glamorgan and Northants have nothing to gain and nothing to lose in terms of their positions, but it is good for Kleinveldt’s CV as he used the conditions well to take his tally of County Championship wickets for the season to 55.
Rain has destroyed the contest after two days of intermittent play, but there was a fascinating contest between the Saffas. Among his victims are Colin Ingram, for five. Which must have been terribly disappointing give that Ingram scored his first championship hundred in a losing cause in his previous match, against Kent. Then Chris Cooke was pinned on the crease and plumb lbw for seven. Kleinveldt ended with 5-53 off 13 overs. They are missing their dynamic captain Jacques Rudolph, who has returned to South Africa to witness the birth of his first child.
There is anguish, too for Ashwell Prince, as Lancashire battled to 141-5 in reply to Surrey’s 480.
Prince stayed on at Lancs to bring them back to Division One, which he has done with a brilliant season, in which he scored 1 409 runs before this match, with five hundreds. But he also wanted the Red Rose to win the Division. They were seven points behind Surrey at the start of this match, but it looks like the Londoners will pull away. Among the big scorers for Surrey was Durban’s Jason Roy, fresh from his exploits with the England ODI team. He scored 66 off 80 balls to boost the score.
Alviro Petersen was done for one by Zimbabwean Tom Curran, whose brother, Sam, accounted for another three wickets. Prince ended the day on 38 off 68 balls. Long, hard days ahead.
Down in Southampton, Ryan McLaren is earning his crust as Hampshire fight for survival in Division One. He took 2-22 off 11 overs to reduce Yorkshire to 82-4 in reply to the hosts’ 440-9 dec.
But credit must go to Cape Town-born Italy international Gareth Berg , batting at 9, who scored 27 off nine balls (six fours).
Compiled by Mark Salter