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(FPt20)Glamorgan Dragons v Middlesex Panthers at the sWALeC stadium, Cardiff on 26th June 2010 Umpires: t e Jesty and P Willey


scorers: A K Hignell and D K shelley


An unbeaten 63 off 38 balls by Tom Maynard saw the Dragons return to winning ways as they beat the Panthers by seven wickets in a must-win encounter. Chasing a target of 167, the youngster played a mature innings as the Dragons proved once again that chasing was a winning formula having revamped their attack following the mid-week defeat at Hove plus the call-up of their king-pin Shaun Tait to the Australian squad for the one-day series with England. As it turned out, Tait’s absence on a cracked and slow Cardiff wicket did not prove to be a major handicap as the Dragons bowled with guile and composure to restrict the visiting batsmen to 166/2. With Sir Paul Macartney and HRH Prince Charles at various events in the City of Cardiff, there was already a lot of stardust and royalty in the Welsh capital, and there was nearly a right royal start in this game as well as Robert Croft, nearly bowled David Warner with the first delivery of the day. Huw Waters also bowled a decent new ball spell before Will Owen entered the attack and almost had the Australian southpaw caught by David Brown at mid-wicket as the ball lobbed over his head. Soon afterwards, Warner finally perished as he tried to up the tempo by lofting the accurate Jamie Dalrymple over long-on, and after two violent boundaries and a missed stumping chance, Scott Newman was also acrobatically caught and bowled by Croft. Having reached the 100-mark in the 14th over, Dawid Malan and new captain Neil Dexter tried to accelerate, but they were kept in check by a combination of spin and seam. A couple of sixes in the closing overs, plus a dropped chance at long-off meant that the Dragons needed 167 to win. With a Beatles theme for the contest, it was fitting that Mark Cosgrove, the Dragons’ fab number four, should begin with a series of coruscating drives as the Dragons roared to fifty in the sixth over. Shortly afterwards, Cosgrove chipped Dexter to mid-off, with his departure heralding the arrival of Maynard as the Dragons still needed 111 from 85 balls. Left-arm spinner Tom Smith then entered the attack as the visitors - who were missing the injured Shaun Udal - hoped that the youngster could replicate his match-winning five-wicket haul earlier in the week. But Jim Allenby had other ideas, pulling Smith’s fourth delivery into the Grandstand for six before Maynard savagely drilled him for four through mid-wicket. The boundaries continued to flow from Allenby as he drove Dexter through the covers, before Maynard audaciously lofted him inside-out over extra-cover for six as the Dragons reached the 100-mark in the 11th over. In a bid to quell the flurry of runs, Pedro Collins returned to the attack, but the left-armer was despatched for six into the Grandstand by Maynard, but in the next over, Allenby lofted Tyron Henderson to long-on and departed for 45 from 35 balls as the equation became 57 off 47 balls. Maynard though maintained the impetus by despatching Owais Shah’s off-spin for six and four in successive balls, and af- ter Gareth Rees had departed to Collins, Mark Wallace joined Maynard with 24 needed off the last three overs. Some deftly placed drives and quickly scampered singles reduced this to 16 off 12 balls as Maynard completed a 35-ball fifty. Wallace then lofted Smith to the ropes at extra cover before Maynard drove the spinner over long-off for six followed by an exquisite cover driven four as the young tyro saw the Dragons home with seven balls to spare to re-ignite their quest of a quarter-final place and leaving the Panthers to rue the absence of a second spinner as well as their talismanic Adam Gilchrist who had returned to Australia the day before as it turned out to be “A Hard Day’s Night” for the visitors!


Middlesex Panthers innings D A Warner S A Newman *N J Dexter D J Malan O A Shah


FOW:


Extras Total


+B J M Scott T M J Smith T J Murtagh P T Collins


T Henderson G K Berg


(4b, 9lb, 1w)


(2 Wickets, 20 Overs) 56, 90.


Bowling Croft


Waters Cosker


Dalrymple Owen


Allenby


o M R W 4 4 2 4 3 3


0 0 0 0 0 0


19 36 24 19 27 28


1 0 0 1 0 0


Toss - Middlesex Panthers won and elected to bat 14 166


c Maynard c & b Croft not out not out


b Dalrymple 24 48 40 40


T L Maynard G P Rees


M J Cosgrove c Newman b Dexter 33 J Allenby


+M A Wallace


*J W M Dalrymple D O Brown R D B Croft D A Cosker W T Owen H T Waters


56, 110,141.


Bowling Collins


Murtagh


Henderson Dexter Smith Shah


lbw b Collins not out


c Shah b Henderson 45 not out


63 11 9


Glamorgan Dragons innings


(3lb, 3w)


(3 Wickets, 18.5 Overs) 167


2.5 1


o M R W 4 3 4 4


0 0 0 0 0 0


28 27 29 34 35 11


6


1 0 1 1 0 0


Result - Glamorgan Dragons won by seven wickets


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