Northants 310 (Levi 101, Hogan 4-58) and 42 for 1 require an extra 176 runs to beat Glamorgan 207 (Salter 59, Meschede 49, Gleeson 5-60) and 320 (Cooke 69, Gleeson 3-71, Kleinveldt 3-77)
Northamptonshire want one other 176 runs on the ultimate day with 9 wickets in hand to say a probably priceless victory over Glamorgan of their bid to win promotion to Specsavers County Championship Division One.
Rory Kleinveldt and Richard Gleeson took three wickets apiece because the guests, looking for to make up vital floor on prime two Nottinghamshire and
Worcestershire in Division Two, bowled out Glamorgan for 320 of their second innings at Cardiff.
That left the guests needing 218 for victory, and so they reached 42 for 1 by the shut with Ben Duckett the person out for 23.
Rob Newton and nightwatchman Simon Kerrigan will resume on Friday with Northamptonshire realizing solely a victory will do.
Earlier, Glamorgan had batted with extra utility and objective of their second innings than within the first, particularly after shedding two fast wickets in the beginning of the day.
Resuming on 61 for 1, they noticed in a single day batsmen Jack Murphy and Jacques Rudolph dismissed by Kleinveldt in his first two overs.
Murphy was lbw to Kleinveldt’s fifth ball earlier than Rudolph, having moments earlier than been caught off a no-ball, drove Kleinveldt to cowl to depart for 28.
That left the hosts on 68 for 3 however Colin Ingram and Kiran Carson rebuilt with a partnership of 68.
Teenager Carlson performed some good-looking strokes by the off aspect and had progressed to 44 earlier than he gloved a ball from Azharullah on to his stumps.
Following his dismissal, a heavy bathe stopped play with Glamorgan taking an early lunch on 136 for 4.
When play resumed, Ingram grew to become Azharullah’s second sufferer when he had his off stump knocked again, however cautious utility from Chris Cooke and Andrew Salter noticed them placed on 71 for the sixth wicket as Glamorgan elevated their lead.
The partnership was damaged by Rob Keogh, who bought his first ball to show by the gate and bowl Salter for 19.
Cooke, who confronted 116 balls and struck 9 fours in a watchful innings, top-scored with 69 however his keep got here to an finish when he was caught by
wicketkeeper David Murphy off Kerrigan.
At 244 for 7, Northamptonshire would have hoped to wrap up the Glamorgan tail in fast style however Marchant de Lange went on the assault to get the house aspect previous the 300 mark.
He clubbed three sixes and two fours in his 39 – his highest rating for Glamorgan – and shared in a stand of 57 in solely 9.2 overs with Craig Meschede.
Gleeson ended the enjoyable by dismissing each De Lange and Meschede – both aspect of Lukas Carey being bowled by Kleinveldt – to go away Northamptonshire needing 218 to win and 12 overs left earlier than the shut.
The guests virtually misplaced a wicket to the seventh ball when De Lange simply failed to carry on to a return catch from Duckett, however Glamorgan nonetheless managed to snare the harmful opener simply earlier than stumps when Michael Hogan had him caught behind.