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Croft’s Double Act is the star turn at swansea


They say there’s no place quite like home, and after taking his 1000th first-class wicket for Glamorgan during the county’s LV=County Championship match at the St. Helen’s ground in Swansea, where he had learnt his cricket as a young boy, Robert Croft would no doubt agree.


The 40 year-old had started the season needing thirteen more wickets to reach the coveted landmark, and besides becoming only the fourth Glamorgan bowler to reach the landmark, he was also poised to become the Club’s first- ever player to achieve the magnificent double of 10,000 runs and 1,000 wickets.


He whittled away at the target in his handful of appearances in Championship matches in the first half of the sea- son, as well as the county’s friendly with the West Indies A tourists in early June at the SWALEC Stadium. Indeed, for a short while it looked as if the veteran all-rounder might reach the milestone in front of a small number of hardy spectators at the Cardiff ground, but rain washed out the rest of play.


For much of June and July, Robert was then in action in the Twenty20 competition, repeatedly purveying four overs of guile and temptation to finish as the most economical bowler in the entire country. The bash-crash of the Friends Provident competition ended in mid-July, and then for Robert and the rest of the Glamorgan squad it was back to four-day cricket, and for the off-spinner, the goal of taking the three wickets he needed to reach the milestone of 1,000 first-class wickets for Glamorgan.


Back in September 2007, Robert took his 1,000th wicket in all first-class cricket, but that achievement came at Northampton, but now at Swansea - the ground where he had played his first game at the age of nine, and had received as a youngster so much advice and coaching - he was on the verge of creating a moment of Welsh sporting history.


An above average crowd were present at the St.Helen’s ground on the opening morning of Glamorgan’s match with Leicestershire and soon after news filtered through that the Welsh county had lost the toss and were bowling, there was a steady stream of spectators through the turnstiles at the St.Helen’s ground.


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Robert Croft celebrates taking his 999th wicket in first-class cricket for Glamorgan as Mark Wallace catches Jacques du toit of Leicestershire.


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