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Umpires: n J Llong and P J Hartley


Glamorgan Dragons v Lancashire Lightning at Colwyn Bay on 8th August 2010


scorers: A K Hignell and D M White


Croft was the match-winner at Colwyn Bay but it was Steven rather than Robert who took the honours in this fixture watched by a decent-sized crowd of 3,500 as the Lancashire Lightning comprehensively defeated the Glamorgan Dragons by eight wickets with sixteen balls to spare in a contest which saw both sides rest key players ahead of important County Championship games. Even so, the Celtic Croft did make an important contribution, bowling a typically accurate spell and making a cavalier half-century, striking four fours and two sixes in the closing overs to complete his side’s recovery after they had plummeted to 29/5 in the tenth over having been put in to bat. Tom Smith claimed three early wickets at the Pen- rhyn Avenue End, whilst Sajid Mahmood eschewed pace for steady line and length as the former England bowler claimed two scalps during an exemplary opening spell at the Embankment which literally put the home side on the back foot, as several batsmen paid the price for not getting forward. A recovery mission then took place as Ben Wright shared a stand of 80 in fifteen overs with acting captain Mark Wallace to spare the Dragons blushes, and in contrast to the earlier procession back to the pavilion, neither batsmen looked in trouble until Wallace was bowled sweeping the left-arm spin of Gary Keedy. With Croft as his new partner, Wright continued the fightback, completing an invaluable fifty from 66 balls before unfurling some assertive blows as the Dragons called a batting powerplay and appeared as though he would emulate the achieve- ments of Tom Maynard in 2009 by posting his maiden one-day hundred at the seaside ground. But on 79 – his best score in one-day cricket - he was run out in unusual circumstances as he was stranded out of his ground at the bowler’s end as a firm drive by Croft was deflected onto the stumps by Smith, and all after the umpire had called no-ball as Lancashire did not have sufficient men inside the fielding circle. Croft continued the good work in the closing overs but the Dragons total was still below par at the compact ground, and with the visitors racing to 50 in eight overs of seam, it was left to the spinners to put a brake on their progress. Karl Brown departed in the twelfth over as he drilled a ball into cover’s hands, before Smith reached fifty from 52 balls to complete a good day with both bat and ball. He later departed as Dean Cosker struck in his third over, but after Croft had bowled an economical spell, his namesake was able to milk the bowling with Paul Horton, adding 97 in fifteen overs as the Lancashire Lightning steadily accelerated towards their target with Croft loft- ing both Cosker and Brown for a six and four in successive balls to complete his best score in limited-overs cricket as the visitor’s completed a home and away double over the Dragons. Three weeks later, the Lancashire Lightning won again at the Rhos-on-Sea ground as they returned to North Wales to play the Unicorns – a rare example of the same team visiting the same venue twice yet playing different home teams.


Glamorgan Dragons innings M J Cosgrove J Allenby


*+M A Wallace R D B Croft D S Harrison W T Owen D A Cosker


FOW:


Extras Total


Procter Hogg


Keedy Parry


Bowling Mahmood Smith


8 8 7 3 8 6


W D Bragg T L Maynard D O Brown B J Wright


c Procter


c Horton c Sutton not out


o M 1 0 0 0 0 0


lbw lbw


b Smith


run out (Smith) not out


9, 10, 11, 19, 29, 109, 168, 198, 199. R W


38 49 37 27 35 24


2 3 2 0 1 0


Toss - Lancashire Lightning won and elected to field (9 Wickets, 40 Overs) (1lb, 2w, 8nb)


b Mahmood b Mahmood b Smith b Smith


b Procter


b Keedy b Procter


79 38 53 7 0 2


9 6 1 0 5


Lancashire Lightning innings K R Brown T C Smith S J Croft


*P J Horton L A Procter G D Cross +L D Sutton K W Hogg


211 11


c Cosgrove b Croft not out


not out


S I Mahmood S D Parry G Keedy


Cosker Brown


Allenby Croft


Bowling Harrison Owen


b Cosker


32 61 93 18


(2 Wickets, 37.2 Overs) 74, 116.


7.2 5 5 8 8 4


o


0 0 0 1 0 0


M R W 44 26 23 31 49 34


0 0 0 1 1 0


Result - Lancashire Lightning won by 8 wickets


(6lb, 3w)


213


9


Robert Croft (left) leaves the field with Dean Cosker after the veteran had made an unbeaten fifty against Lanca- shire at Colwyn Bay.


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