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(FPt20) Glamorgan Dragons v sussex sharks at the sWALeC stadium, Cardiff on 13th June 2010 Umpires: M J D Bodenham and P J Hartley (tV umpire – sJ Malone)


scorers: A K Hignell and M J Charman


The Glamorgan Dragons lost their unbeaten record as they were defeated by the Sussex Sharks - the reigning champions - who extended their lead at the top of the table with a fifth successive victory. But there was no disgrace for the Dragons in losing the contest which saw the top two sides in the table go head-to-head, with the visitor’s only clinching victory in the penultimate over as they successfully chased a target of 144 on a used and glued wicket at the SWALEC Stadium. At first, the Sharks were under pressure, losing most of their star batsmen in the early overs. Brendon McCullum, the forceful New Zealander, was caught at backward square-leg trying to force Dean Cosker, before Murray Goodwin played a quixotic in- nings; beaten in successive deliveries by James Harris, he then clipped the 20 year-old to long leg, before next ball seeing Gareth Rees at square-leg take a superb catch high over his head as the Zimbabwean attempted a pull. Michael Yardy also departed in Jamie Dalrymple’s solitary over as the visiting captain drilled his opposite number straight into cover’s hands. At 46/4 the Dragons seemed the favourites, but Man-of-the-Match Luke Wright then played the decisive innings of the day, sharing a stand of 53 in six overs with Andrew Hodd which changed the complexion of the contest. After a frugal spell by the Dragons bowlers in mid-innings, Wright upped the tempo by twice depositing Harris over the boards at long-on, before a deft cut for four against Robert Croft brought up their fifty stand. But next ball, the veteran spinner struck back as David Brown pouched a towering catch on the mid-wicket boundary, with the decent-sized and partisan crowd letting out a collec- tive sigh of relief as the fielder caught the ball. With 42 runs still needed from 36 balls, Chris Nash continued the good work, striking a series of boundaries, including a four and a massive six over mid-wicket when Shaun Tait returned to the attack. With nine runs required, Nash swatted Tait to Rees at backward point, before Joe Gatting was nearly bowled by James Allenby. But after missing leg stump, the ball sped away for four byes, leaving the Sharks to clinch victory with seven balls to spare. Earlier, the visitors had shown what an excellent bowling unit they are in this form of the game, with James Kirtley cleverly varying his pace to remove both openers, whilst young leg-spinner Will Beer gave little away in mid-innings as the home side tried to accelerate. For a while, it looked as though Tom Maynard might repeat his batting fireworks from the pre- vious game as he drilled Yardy into and over the River Stand for a pair of sixes. However, the youngster fell to off-spinner Chris Nash who must enjoy bowling at Cardiff as he followed up his four wicket haul in the Championship match in April with two important wickets. Gareth Rees also played some inventive strokes after Maynard had departed, reverse-pulling Beer for four, before “dil-scooping” Wright to long-leg and third man in consecutive balls. Together with David Brown, the fifth wicket pair added 46 in five overs, before both were run out in the space of four balls, with Rees a tad unlucky as he backed up too far with Kirtley, in his follow through, gathering a miscued drive from Mark Wallace and then calmly lobbing the ball underhand at the stumps. Wallace clubbed a pair of fours in the closing overs, as the Dragons posted what seemed a competitive total, but the visitors then showed why they have enjoyed so much success in recent years in Twenty20 cricket.


Glamorgan Dragons innings J Allenby


+M A Wallace J A R Harris R D B Croft D A Cosker S W Tait


Extras Total


FOW:


Bowling Wright


* J W M Dalrymple c McCullum b Nash T L Maynard G P Rees D O Brown


run out (Kirtley) run out (Gatting) not out not out


(2lb, 3w) b Nash M J Cosgrove


c Goodwin b Kirtley c Gatting


b Kirtley


35 35 16 13 6


(6 Wickets, 20 Overs) 26, 28, 61, 76, 122, 125.


Yasir Arafat Kirtley Yardy Beer Nash


o M R W 3 4 4 2 4 3


0 0 0 0 0 0


20 32 30 21 21 17


0 0 2 0 0 2


Toss - Glamorgan Dragons won and elected to bat 143 5


11 14 8


M W Goodwin c Rees *M H Yardy L J Wright +A J Hodd C D Nash J S Gatting Yasir Arafat W A T Beer R J Kirtley


sussex sharks innings B B McCullum c Croft M J Prior


c Cosgrove b Dalrymple c Brown b Croft st Wallace c Rees not out not out


b Croft b Tait


25, 30, 39, 46, 99, 112, 135.


Bowling Croft Tait


Harris


Allenby Cosker


Dalrymple


b Cosker b Allenby b Harris


12 39 18 28 6 1


(7 Wickets, 18.5 Overs) 144


3.5 4 1


o M R W 4 3 3


0 0 0 0 0 0


28 30 30 23 19 3


(8b, 3lb, 3w) 14


13 8 5


2 1 1 1 1 1


Result - Sussex Sharks won by three wickets


145


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