Rory Kleinveldt added captaincy to his repertoire when Northamptonshire completed a bruising 251-run win over Jacques Rudolph’s Glamorgan in the County Championship.
The stand-in captain led from the front with the bat: in the first innings his 91 underpinned a total of 321, and in the second he slammed 32 off 17 balls (6×4) to enable Northants to declare 261-9, offering Glamorgan a target of 347.
What followed was utter humiliation as medium-pacer Ben Sanderson took 7-22 off 13 overs and Glamorgan collapsed to 95 all out. Kleinveldt took 1-20 off nine.
Elsewhere, Alviro Petersen fell two runs short of his 42nd first-class hundred, but he has all but saved Lancashire from defeat by Hampshire.
Hampshire had compiled a massive 548, to which Ryan McLaren, batting at No 6, had contributed 81 off 136 balls (7×4, 2×6) and were obviously looking to make Lancashire bat twice.
But Lancs were made of sterner stuff and dug in. Peterson came to the crease when his team were 131-2. He and Haseeb Hameed (89) put on 85 in 27 overs.
After Hameed became Gareth Berg‘s second victim, Peterson ploughed on with Steven Croft in a partnership of 84 until, at 300, Peterson was bowled by Liam Dawson shortly before the close.
With one day to go, Lancashire are trailing by 238 with six wickets in hand in the first innings.
Former Titans all-rounder Roelof van der Merwe was a major mover in Somerset’s incredible 39-win win over Durham. He took 4-59 off 25 overs in the first innings, which restricted Durham to 189, and a lead of just five runs.
Then he led a tail-end fightback, scoring 47 off 49 balls as Somerset scraped together 180, leaving Durham with a target of 176.
He rose to the occasion again, taking another four as Durham collapsed to 136. They were 130-5 overnight, but lost five wickets in 17 minutes for six runs. Van der Merwe took two of those for five runs, but the honours went to left-arm spinner Jack Leach who took three wicket for one run.
Funny old game.