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(LVCC) Gloucestershire v Glamorgan at Cheltenham College on 30th, 31st July, 1st, 2nd August 2010 Umpires: n A Mallender and A Hicks


scorers: K t Gerrish and A K Hignell


Glamorgan’s visit to Cheltenham produced an enthralling dogfight on the first two days, as the Welsh county met the team five points behind them at one of county cricket’s oldest and most famous Festival venues. With a green tinge to the wicket and overcast conditions, Gloucestershire opted to bowl first – a decision which appeared to be vindicated as their battery of seam and swing bowlers claimed six wickets before lunch on the opening day. After lunch, Mark Wallace and Robert Croft mounted a rally as they shared a century stand until Wallace, after a vibrant 72, fell to a low catch at second slip. Glamorgan duly made inroads themselves but the visitors were handicapped by a foot injury to James Harris which forced the 20 year-old, in his first match as a capped player, off the field. In his absence Jim Allenby exploited the seamer-friendly conditions with career-best figures of 5/59 as Gloucestershire secured a slender lead of 27 runs. The topsy-turvy nature of the contest continued as Glamorgan then lost two early wickets before wiping off the arrears, including that of Tom Maynard who failed to emulate his father’s achievement of having scored a century on all four occasions he had batted at the College ground. Instead, it was Mark Cosgrove who took the visitors into the ascendancy with another high-class hundred – his third in the space of four innings - decorated with a series of booming drives and fierce cuts outside off stump as he dominated the battle against the home attack, including a spat with a typically animated and feisty Steve Kirby as the Australian let his bat do the talking with a series of savage blows against the flame-haired paceman. When Cosgrove departed after tea on the second afternoon, Glamorgan were still only 156 runs ahead and it was Wallace with a fine hundred who duly took the game away from Gloucestershire. For the second time in the match, he received useful support from the lower order as he unfurled some rasping drives en route to a 116-ball century, just a dozen balls fewer than his fellow southpaw. By the time he became the fifth l.b.w. victim in the innings, his sterling efforts meant that the target was now a far stiffer one of 345, and judging by the way Gloucestershire subsequently subsided inside 56 overs, it was also one for which they had little appe- tite. With Harris restored to full fitness, Glamorgan’s seamers were able to go full throttle with the new ball, and after Harris had claimed 3/5 in 24 balls, Waters reaped the rewards for his accuracy at the College Lawn End by claiming the prized scalps of the two Kiwi’s, Hamish Marshall and James Franklin. Their collective efforts prompted a mid-afternoon collapse as Gloucestershire slumped from 51/0 to 60/5 in the space of eight overs, and although Chris Taylor offered some stub- born resistance, it was only a matter of time before victory was sealed. On a wicket where seam and swing had dominated proceedings, it was the canny off-spin of Croft that had the final say as he claimed the last three wickets in successive balls to claim Glamorgan’s first Championship hat-trick since 1997, and the first by a Welsh spinner since 1964. Glamorgan’s comprehensive victory – their third in successive visits to the Cotswold town – was a reflection of the spirit and character in the side, fighting back from a difficult position on the first morning to secure a win an hour after tea on the third day. It also kept them in second place in the table, fourteen points behind leaders Sussex and ten points ahead of Northamptonshire,


whose victory at Worcester the day before saw the East Midlands side enter the promotion race. Glamorgan


G P Rees


+M A Wallace J A R Harris R D B Croft D A Cosker H T Waters extras total FoW:


Bowling Kirby


Franklin Lewis


Hussain Banerjee


Gloucestershire +J N Batty


*J W M Dalrymple lbw J Allenby


M J Cosgrove T L Maynard B J Wright


First Innings c Gidman


c Sub (A J Ireland) b Hussain 41 lbw lbw


b Franklin b Franklin


not out


c Gidman c Gidman lbw


12 8


13.3 5


V Banerjee G M Hussain extras total FoW:


Bowling Harris Waters Allenby Croft


Cosker 110


C D J Dent J Lewis


W T S Porterfield c Wallace b Waters H J H Marshall *A P R Gidman J E C Franklin C G Taylor S P Kirby


not out


12.2 10


Close of Play scores:


5.4 19 23


55, 63, 90, 121, 140, 175, 201, 209, 219. o M R W 6


0 1


6 1


30 0 64 2 59 5 42 1 42 2


(All Out, 70 Overs) (6b)


c Maynard lbw


c Wallace lbw lbw


c Allenby lbw


lbw 13


35, 39, 74, 74, 84, 89, 104, 209, 210. o M R W


0 1 5 3 1


68 26 19 57 34


First Innings


2 2 2 4 0


b Allenby b Croft


b Waters b Cosker


b Allenby b Allenby b Allenby


b Allenby b Cosker


18 41 34 17 59 8 5


207 6 (All Out, 51.3 Overs) (4b, 8lb, 6nb) c Dent


b Hussain b Hussain b Hussain b Lewis


b Lewis b Kirby b Kirby


44 1 0


216


72 0


17 11 3


9 0


second Innings lbw


lbw


c Batty lbw


18


c Dent lbw lbw


not out


11, 23, 84, 183, 184, 219, 241, 283, 333. Bowling Franklin


Lewis


Hussain Kirby


Banerjee Marshall


second Innings b Harris c Allenby c Wallace lbw lbw


45 8 1 1


(7) st Wallace (8) c Dalrymple (9) lbw (10)


51, 52, 56, 58, 60, 94, 126, 168,168 Bowling


Harris Waters Croft


Dalrymple Cosker


Day One – Gloucestershire 1st innings 145-5 (JEC Franklin 22*, SP Kirby 4*) 44 overs Day Two – Glamorgan 2nd innings 283-7 (MA Wallace 51*, RDB Croft 11*) 68 overs Toss - Gloucestershire won and elected to field


Allenby


6.3 5


4 6


9


0 20 2 11 0 16 1 16


1 73 29


(All Out, 553 Overs)


o M R W 17 17


0 0


3 0


3 4


(3lb) (11) lbw not out


13.3 17 18 1


22 18


0


2 3 2 0 0


3 (All Out, 89.3 Overs)


o M R W 5 72 2 79 1 60 3 68 1 80 1


b Harris b Waters b Harris b Waters


b Croft b Croft


b Waters b Croft b Croft


12 24 8 0


168 3


63 0


10 41 1 4 2


(4b, 8lb, 2nb)


b Hussain b Kirby b Lewis b Lewis


b Hussain b Kirby


b Franklin b Hussain b Franklin b Lewis


123 6


113 11 17 10 8


371 14


16 36 15


2


Result - Glamorgan won by 176 runs


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