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(CB40) Glamorgan Dragons v Worcestershire Royals at the sWALeC stadium, Cardiff, 9th May 2010 Umpires: n L Bainton and J W Lloyds


scorers: A K Hignell and n D smith


Three days after the General Election and the political uncertainty about a hung parliament, it seemed a scriptwriters dream when Brown secured victory to thwart Cameron’s best efforts! But despite David Brown’s combative 31 in the closing overs, it was his partner Gareth Rees who was the Dragons real match-winner as his quickfire 51 from just 30 balls helped the men in red open their account in the Clydesdale Bank 40. Arriving at the crease with 92 needed from 12.3 overs, the south- paw played a wide range of inventive strokes including a trio of inventive reverse-pulls to the boundary ropes as, together with Brown’s lusty blows, a torrent of 52 runs came in the four-over batting powerplay. This injection of quick runs took the game away from the Royals after James Cameron – the Zimbabwe-born all-rounder - had taken a career-best 4/44 to thwart the Dragons progress in pursuit of what seemed a stiff target of 257. Earlier, Mark Cosgrove had launched the run chase with a one-day best score for the Dragons, with a series of booming drives seeing the left-hander speed to 50 from 51 balls. A further series of expansive blows saw the Australian to the verge of a maiden county hundred in one-day cricket, thereby emulating the achievements of fellow countryman Phil Jaques. But whereas Cosgrove fell for 86 in the 24th over, Jaques anchored the Royals entire innings with a more measured hundred which was also the best for the his side in the competition against the Dragons since New Zealander Glenn Turner made 129* at New Road in 1973. Jaques was eventu- ally dismissed off the final ball of the innings, having received useful support initially from Vikram Solanki who decorated a 58-ball fifty with some sublime and wristy strokes. Later Gareth Andrew and Daryl Mitchell added quick runs to help Jaques guide the Royals towards a competitive total, and one that was much higher than at first seemed likely after a frugal new ball burst by Huw Waters and James Harris, with just one boundary coming in the first ten overs. But despite their later acceleration, the Royals total proved to be insufficient on the easy paced wicket as Brown drilled Jack Shantry for six and four in the 39th over to see the Dragons home with nine balls to spare as they recorded their highest run chase in a one- day game at the Cardiff ground since they chased 236 to defeat Yorkshire in 1997 – the year of the last General Election!


Worcestershire Royals innings * V S Solanki P A Jaques M M Ali


D K H Mitchell J G Cameron +B J M Scott J D Shantry R A Jones


Extras Total


FOW:


Dalrymple Cosgrove


Bowling Waters Harris Brown Allenby Cosker


A N Kervezee G M Andrew B F Smith


c Dalrymple c Dalrymple c Wright


c Maynard c Waters c Harris


not out (1w, 4nb)


8 7 6 4 3 8 4


0 0 0 0 0 0 0


b Cosgrove b Harris


b Dalrymple 23 b Dalrymple


33


111, 111, 155, 186, 203, 256. o M R W


52 40 43 26 19 55 21


1 1 0 0 0 2 2


Toss - Glamorgan Dragons won and elected to field (6 Wickets, 40 Overs) 256


Bowling Shantry Jones


Cameron Mitchell Ali


Andrew 5


b Cosgrove b Waters


110 0


27 3


55


Glamorgan Dragons innings M J Cosgrove J Allenby


* J W M Dalrymple T L Maynard B J Wright G P Rees D O Brown


+ M A Wallace J A R Harris D A Cosker H T Waters


c Ali c Mitchell


not out not out


b Jones


b Cameron b Cameron b Cameron b Cameron


51 31


(5b, 5lb, 4w, 4nb)


7.3 8 5 8 8 2


62 47 41 44 39 16


(5 Wickets, 38.3 Overs) 82, 142, 159, 165, 188.


o M R W 0 0 0 0 0 0


0 1 0 4 0 0


Result - Glamorgan Dragons won by 5 wickets 259 18


86 30 28 13 2


David Brown (left) and Gareth Rees (right) celebrate another four being struck during their match-winning stand against Worcestershire at the sWALeC stadium.


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