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Glamorgan 2nd XI Review by Richard Almond


In my first season with the 2nd XI it has been a season of mixed fortunes. For the most part, we played some excellent cricket but at times we had some very poor sessions that cost us dearly in some games. Our best cricket was played in the one-day competition where we narrowly missed out on a semi-final place by virtue of having lost to Lancashire.


Our one-day matches were in a very strong Northern group where we played some excellent cricket, beating some very strong 2nd XI’s, with the pick of the games being a tied contest against a Durham side that was largely made up of 1st XI players. Durham batted first and we managed to restrict them to 258-8 with our spinners bowling particularly well with Nick James getting 3/36 in ten overs and Dan Roberts 2/34 in ten overs. Our run chase was held together by a solid 69 from Mike Powell but the innings of the match came from new signing Chris Cooke who made an excellent 70 from just 48 balls including 5 fours and 4 sixes. Needing two runs from the last ball we managed to scramble a single for the tie. In the game that ultimately cost us a semi-final place we batted first against Lancashire and posted a respectable 268-6 after recovering from being 6- 2 thanks to Nick James making an excellent 122. However, we then turned in our worst bowling performance of the summer as they managed to chase the score down comfortably for the loss of just four wickets with the pick of our bowlers being Aneurin Norman who took 2/43 in his ten overs.


In the Championship, we were very inconsistent. At the start of the season, we were hampered by the unavailability of players due to exams and fixture clashes and, at times, we fielded teams with no full-time staff players. This hampered our ability to get results early on but at least it gave our younger Academy players a great experience of 2nd XI cricket which put us in good stead for the rest of the season. The pick of our performances was a win against Derbyshire at Pontarddulais. We won the toss and elected to bat first and managed to score just 191 with the only meaningful contribution coming from Will Bragg who got 50. However, an excellent bowling and fielding display meant we bowled them out for 142 with Chris Ashling and John Glover taking four wickets each. With a first innings lead of 49, our batting was much improved second time around with fifties coming from Will Bragg, Mike Powell and Dion Holden. We were eventually bowled out for 330 set- ting Derbyshire 380 to win. Once again our seam bowlers shone and we bowled them out for just 152 with Chris Ashling recording career-best figures of 7/51.


Our cricket in the longer form of the game improved through the season and we had the better of a number of draws to- wards the end of the season. Overall, I have been impressed with the group of players that we now have at 2nd XI level and it has been very pleasing to see a number of the Academy players starting to contribute regularly in the 2nd XI.


Finally, I would like to thank all the players and supporters for their support during this season and I am sure with more hard work over the winter months we will be back better and stronger in 2011.


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Will Bragg who was Glamorgan’s leading run-scorer in 2nd XI cricket in 2010.


Chris Ashling, who was Glamorgan’s most successful wicket-taker in 2010 in 2nd Xi matches.


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