KEEPING LORD'S WORLD CLASS
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Marcus North smashed a brutal century to set up a convincing victory for Glamorgan over Middlesex in the first YB40 match of the summer at Lord's.
Australia international North made a stunning 137 from 98 balls and put on an unbeaten 156 with compatriot Jim Allenby in only 16.3 overs to help the Welsh county to an imposing 280/3.
Middlesex in response never looked like chasing the total, losing wickets at regular intervals, despite some useful cameos from the top-order.
Gareth Berg, who made 75, was particularly impressive for the home side - but they never really looked like competing for victory from the moment Allenby and North got together.
In his first competitve run-out as skipper of the season, Neil Dexter took the controversial decision to bowl first on a warm afternoon and with a flat looking Lord's pitch.
Will Bragg quickly made him question his decision as the left-hander tucked into some friendly fast bowling from a slightly second-string looking Middlesex attack which was missing Steven Finn, James Harris and Tim Murtagh.
Indeed, of the eight bowlers used, only Berg managed to escape with an economy rate of less than six runs-per-over, as Allenby and North turned a solid platform into a massive total with some fearsome hitting - featuring a monster six from North which reached the upper tier of the Grand Stand.
On a flat deck Middlesex might have felt capable of forming a decent chase, and when Stirling and Chris Rogers had taken the score to 79/1 in good time, Glamorgan would have been feeling the pressure.
But an economical spell from the experienced Dean Cosker and regular wickets for the seamers consigned Middlesex to their first competitive defeat of 2013.