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(FPt20) Glamorgan Dragons v essex eagles at the sWALeC stadium, Cardiff on 19th June 2010 Umpires: D J Millns and I J Gould (tV Umpire – PK Baldwin)


scorers: A K Hignell and A e Choat


The Dragons subsided to their third successive defeat after a dramatic collapse in which the Welsh county lost seven wick- ets for just 18 runs in the space of seven overs after opting to bat first under the floodlights on a glued Cardiff wicket. There were few hints about the drama which lay in store as Jim Allenby and Mark Cosgrove watchfully took the Dragons to 47 in the eighth over when the latter was run out by Grant Flower trying to complete a second run. The Eagles then turned the screw as the innings went into freefall with the clatter of wickets at regular intervals as the Dragons rapidly subsided from 47/1 to 65/8. David Masters, Ravi Bopara and Danish Kaneria were each rewarded for their steadiness and accuracy and an air of respectability was eventually provided when Robert Croft and David Harrison – in his first outing in the competition in 2010 - added 28 for the ninth wicket allowing Glamorgan to limp past 67 - the all-time low in the competition, recorded by the Sussex Sharks at Hove against the Hampshire Royals in 2004. With no boundaries being struck between the sixth and the last over, the Essex bowlers returned some exemplary figures, with Kaneria’s return of 2-11 from his four overs being the most economical against the Dragons in Twenty20 cricket, beating Ray Price’s miserly figures of 2-13 for the Worces- tershire Royals at Cardiff in 2006. An inside edge for four by Croft from the first ball of the final over ended the boundary drought as the Dragons ended on a paltry 94/9 - their lowest total in the competition, surpassing their previous low of 112/9 against Somerset at the same ground in 2009. When the Eagles batted, the Dragons needed early wickets at very little cost if they were going to have any chance of winning the contest and Shaun Tait nearly struck with his fourth delivery as Bopara sliced a drive to backward point where Jamie Dalrymple could not quite grasp the ball. But this was the only semblance of a chance as together with Alistair Cook, Bopara took the Eagles to the fifty-mark in the seventh over at which time spin was introduced as Croft and Dean Cosker joined forces. Without any scoreboard pressure, the Eagles batsmen continued to quietly work the ball around for one’s and two’s, but after Man-of-the Match Bopara had lofted Croft straight for four, he tried to repeat the stroke against Cosker and ended up drilling the ball straight into David Brown’s hands at long-on. With just 22 needed from nine and a half overs, Grant Flower joined Cook as the Eagles cruised towards their modest target. Cook duly ended the game as he leg-glanced Allenby to the long-leg boundary to give the Eagles an emphatic victory by nine wickets, and all with 41 balls to spare on a night – branded as a Beach Party – which saw the home side slip to 7th place in the table.


Glamorgan Dragons innings J Allenby


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


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


FOW:


Extras Total


Bowling Styris Wright


Masters Bopara Kaneria


M J Cosgrove c Cook


c Foster st Foster lbw


(2w) run out (Flower)


b Bopara b Masters


c Maunders b Bopara b Wright not out


47, 52, 52, 53, 57, 57, 65, 65, 93.


o M R W 4 4 4 4 4


0 0 0 0 1


23 29 18 13 11


0 1 2 3 2


Toss - Glamorgan Dragons won and elected to bat


Bowling Tait


Harrison Allenby Croft


Cosker Dalrymple (9 Wickets, 20 Overs)


b Masters b Bopara b Kaneria b Kaneria not out


94


22 0 8 1 2


25 24 2 0 8 2 0


G W Flower M J Walker S B Styris


essex eagles innings R S Bopara A N Cook


J K Maunders *+J S Foster T J Phillips D D Masters C J C Wright


c Brown not out not out


b Cosker 42 42 2


Danish Kaneria


(1 Wicket, 13.1 Overs) 73.


2.1 3 3 1


o M R W 2 2


0 0 0 0 0 0


25 16 13 21 17 3


0 0 0 0 1 0


Result - Essex Eagles won by nine wickets


(9w)


95


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Fifty Years Ago – From the 1961 Glamorgan Yearbook


“When Gilbert Parkhouse completed a century against Leicestershire at Swansea, he gained the distinction of having registered a hundred against every first-class county.”


“In his Benefit Match, against Hampshire at Swansea, Don Shepherd hit 66 in 48 minutes, his highest score. This included five sixes. He and Wilf Wooller put on 98 for the last wicket.”


“In the away match at Cowes against Hampshire, Bernard Hedges was injured by a sight-screen as it was pushed over his foot.”


“Everyone was delighted to see the progress made by Tony Lewis and Alan Jones. Jones played some very fine innings on bad wickets and showed the right temperament.”


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