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Umpires: M R Benson and R t Robinson


Unicorns v Glamorgan Dragons at Dean Park, Bournemouth on 16th May 2010.


scorers: K B o'Connell and A K Hignell


On the day that the ECB were able to celebrate the success of the national side in winning the ICC World Twenty20 in the Caribbean, the Board’s Recreational eleven, comprising players from the Minor Counties and others not under contract with first-class counties, also recorded a handsome victory at a cloudy and overcast Dean Park – the ground where Gla- morgan had clinched their first Championship title in 1948. This 40-overs match though will not have a special place in the Club’s annals, as the Welsh side subsided to their first defeat against a non first-class side in a one-day match since their defeat by the Minor Counties at Oxford in a Benson and Hedges Cup match in 1987. The Unicorns were indebted to a fine captain’s innings by Keith Parsons who had last played for Somerset in 2007. The 37 year-old crafted a mature innings of 89 having arrived at the crease with his side on 56/3 after some early batting fireworks from Jackson Thompson, the former Gloucestershire batsman. After the left-hander had blasted 36 from 23 balls, Parsons added 126 in 24.1 overs with former Worcestershire wicket-keeper Josh Knappett, who himself posted a useful half-century himself as the pair calmly worked the ball around before adding some late lusty blows. Parsons also had a moment of good fortune on 57 when Ben Wright spilled a chance at deep mid-wicket, before falling eleven runs short of his first List A hundred since 2004. Knappett then played a leading role in the dismissal of Mark Cosgrove after the Australian, with half an eye on the Duckworth-Lewis targets, had galloped to fifty from 25 balls. Having blasted 64 from 40 balls, he then overbalanced playing a legside delivery – subsequently called a wide - from Glenn Querl only to be superbly stumped by the former Oxford University gloveman. Knappett had earlier caught Jim Allenby in the second over, besides later whipping off the bails as Mark Wallace tried to scamper a quick single, only to find himself short of his ground after a smart pick up and throw by Sean Park. Later, the South African produced an even finer piece of fielding to also run out Will Owen who found himself adrift of the crease whilst backing up after Park, at mid-off, had stopped a fierce drive from Cosker before hurling the ball straight to the wickets at the bowler’s end. This ended what had hitherto been a good day for the North Walian bowler who had completed a five-wicket haul on his List A debut – the first since Owen Parkin against Sussex in 1996. But the day’s best piece of fielding came from Neil Hancock who, in his follow through, stopped a fierce drive from Jamie Dalrymple as he advanced down the wicket before the 34 year-old hurled the ball back at the stumps to run out the visiting captain. The Unicorns also took a couple of good catches in the deep as the Dragons batsmen opted for the aerial route in an attempt to break out of the stranglehold imposed by the accurate spinners. But it was not to be on a day when the Unicorns – who were missing two other batsmen with injuries - proved superior in every department to complete a praiseworthy victory with five overs to spare.


J G Thompson +J P T Knappett W J Durston *K A Parsons S M Park


N D Hancock R G Querl C T Peploe T Mees


FOW:


J S Miles Extras Total


Bowling Brown Owen


Ashling Allenby Cosker


Dalrymple


8 7 6 7 8 4


Unicorns innings Arfan Akram


c Cosker


c Cosgrove not out


not out (4lb, 3w)


54 49 39 28 36 21


c Cosgrove c Wallace c Brown


lbw


b Allenby b Allenby b Owen b Owen


b Ashling (8 Wickets, 40 Overs)


o M R W 0 0 0 0 0 0


0 5 1 2 0 0


Toss - Glamorgan Dragons won and elected to field


b Owen b Owen b Owen


89 14 3 3 2 2


42, 50, 56, 182, 198, 212, 225, 228. 231 7


36 65 2


8


Glamorgan Dragons innings J Allenby


+M A Wallace D A Coser W T Owen C P Ashling


Peploe Durston Hancock


Bowling Mees Miles Querl


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


M J Cosgrove G P Rees


st Knappett b Querl 64 c Querl


run out (Hancock) c Peploe


c Mees


(1b, 4lb, 4w, 2nb) (All Out, 35 Overs)


4 6 6 8 8 3


0 0 0 0 1 0


M


run out (Park) not out


run out (Park) c Knappett b Miles 4


b Peploe 5 22


b Peploe 3 b Durston 16 b Durston 7 6


b Querl


39 42 24 23 28 12


R W 0 1 2 2 2 0


9, 72, 79, 92, 121, 124, 128, 137, 157. o


173 11


22 12 1


Result – Unicorns won by 58 runs


128


Will owen, who marked his List A debut for Glamorgan by taking five wickets against the Unicorns at Bournemouth.


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