Kasprowicz inspires early win

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Michael Kasprowicz shone with bat and ball as Glamorgan beat Northamptonshire by 55 runs with a full day to spare at Wantage Road yesterday to record their first County Championship Second Division win of the season.

The Australian contributed 23 as the visitors' last two wickets added 80, leaving Northamptonshire to chase 228. The fast bowler then claimed 6 for 72 to help dismiss the home side for 172.

Glamorgan had resumed at 71 for 4 in their second innings, 78 in front, and slipped deeper into trouble in the seventh over of the morning when Matthew Maynard departed for 11. Jonathan Hughes stood firm and reached 73 in three hours but after he was given lbw pushing forward to Carl Greenidge, the visitors were in some trouble at 140 for 8.

That was the cue for the Glamorgan captain Robert Croft and Kasprowicz to stage a crucial recovery, adding 50 in 14 overs. Croft's unbeaten half-century came off 97 balls with seven fours, and although he lost Kasprowicz soon after lunch, Alex Wharf helped him post a further 30 for the last wicket.

Northamptonshire's openers Mike Hussey and Rob White led off with 37, but Kasprowicz removed them both in successive overs and Croft then struck with his fourth delivery, having Cook smartly taken by Michael Powell at slip.

The slide continued with David Sales flicking a leg-side catch to wicketkeeper Wallace off David Harrison, and soon half the home side was out for 120.

After cracking a six and seven fours in an innings of 59, Jaques became Kasprowicz's third victim, before the Australian tore through the lower order as Glamorgan completed their task with 4.5 overs of the day remaining.

Zimbabwe's Stuart Carlisle gave his side a welcome boost ahead of the second Test against England with a fluent 137 at Shenley yesterday. In response to Middlesex's 516 for 6, Carlisle's innings, his third century in just over six weeks, guided the tourists to a comfortable 401 for 4 declared. Middlesex reached 86 for 1 at the close.