will be the happier of the two sides after taking 12 points to Essex's six
Yesterday's run chase was the most testing yet after Northants
had amassed a total of 233 for seven with Graeme Swann (66), Usman Afzaal (61) and David Sales (53) all posting useful half-centuries with Glamorgan duo Andrew Davies and Michael Kasprowicz taking two wickets apiece.
Of the 10 fours Northants
managed Russell was responsible for eight - and three of these were lucky efforts off the edge of the bat.
Instead, they allowed their position to be steadily eroded to the point that Northants
had an outside chance of pushing for victory with a day to spare until their two openers fell in the space of seven overs.
It was an impressive display against a fluent Northants
batting outfit that has scored heavily in recent weeks.
chief executive Steve Coverdale confirmed a pitch panel had been convened and would meet at Northampton this morning.
The tail offered little in the way of serious resistance and Northants
lost their last five wickets for 26 in nine overs; Smith finishing the job by having Michael Davies taken at backward short leg by Dominic Ostler.
It is worth noting though that Niall O'Brien is expected to play for Northants
and not Ireland against Scotland in Edinburgh.
Despite Klusener's absence, there will still be four South Africans in the Northants
side today, with Johann Louw the overseas player and captain Nicky Boje, Andrew Hall and Johann van der Wath qualifying as Kolpak players.
made a steady start to their reply as England hopeful Bilal Shafayat and Aussie Love moved to 54 without loss.
had won the toss and elected to bat, and it appeared it would be a long day for Glamorgan after the visitors cruised to 124 for one at lunch.
YORKSHIRE and Durham have progressed to the quarter-finals of the Royal London One-Day Cup after the White Rose county's last group game against Northants
at Headingley was washed out.