Saturday, 8 August 2009

Celebration time

At long last, Glamorgan have come good. The county always seems to do well at Colwyn Bay, and perhaps the management should consider staging more than one week's worth of cricket there. (The same goes for Swansea, of course.)

For most of Thursday afternoon, it looked like the old story was going to be retold. A good start by the top order was wasted as the nominal batsmen seemed merely content to match Leicestershire's first innings total, rather than pass it and go on to build a match-winning total. Fortunately, the old hand Robert Croft and the apprentice Adam Shantry read the situation aright and put on 197 for the ninth wicket. Croft and Harrison (who has in the past not batted too responsibly) added another 73 for the last wicket, giving plenty for the attack to bowl at. Croft on his own scored more than England managed over roughly the same period in Leeds.

Then Shantry and the spin attack of Cosker and Croft administered the final blows. Croft's ability is well-known, but Cosker must be the most underrated bowler in the county championship. Today he finished with the remarkable figures of three wickets for twelve runs, off twelve overs, eight of them maidens.

The full scorecard is at

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