An impressive partnership by Cameron White and captain Alex Wakely helped Northamptonshire end Glamorgan’s 100 per cent record in the Friends Life t20 with a dramatic seven-wicket win.
Glamorgan posted 153-7 from their 20 overs with Zimbabwean veteran Murray Goodwin top-scoring with 47 off 31 balls as Muhammad Azharullah took personal-best Twenty20 figures of 4-14.
The Steelbacks then reached their target with the final ball of the match thanks to White hammering 68 off 52 balls and Wakely smashing an unbeaten 52 off 39 deliveries including a third-wicket stand together of 92.
Northants won the toss and chose to field and Glamorgan captain Jim Allenby was to fall on 36 off 26 balls in the seventh over when he launched Azharullah high into the air and the catch was taken by Steelbacks wicketkeeper David Murphy.
The hosts continued to hit back as Chris Cooke (four) hit Matthew Spriegel to Lee Daggett at deep midwicket before Murphy stumped Mark Wallace for 19 off the same bowler four balls later.
Ben Wright was then bowled for 15 by James Middlebrook before Graham Wagg (14) knocked the bails off with his bat to gift Azharullah his second wicket.
The Pakistani seamer then claimed two more victims in the final over as he was hammered by Nathan McCullum (five) to David Willey at deep point before Goodwin holed out when he sliced to Murphy.
Chasing 154, Northants lost Kyle Coetzer (two) in the second over when he hit Allenby to Alex Jones at deep square leg as the hosts fell behind the run-rate early on.
South Africa international Richard Levi then fell on 24 when Dean Cosker’s delivery spun into his off stump before Wakely was dropped on 13 by Goodwin at backward point off the same bowler.
White then went past 50 off 43 balls by blasting a six down the ground off Michael Hogan as Northants tried to claw their way back into contention in the last four overs.
Wakely then completed his half-century off just 35 deliveries, but White was run out by Nick James at backward point before Steven Crook’s four off Hogan sealed the win.