Glamorgan cruise to big win
Glamorgan 202 and 370 for 9 dec. (Rees 68, Allenby 63, Gidman 3-49) beat Gloucestershire 188 and 195 (Taylor 83, Shantry 3-42) by 189 runs
Glamorgan wrapped up a resounding 189-run victory today against Gloucestershire at the Swalec Stadium. Matthew Mott’s men dismissed the West Country outfit for 195 as they celebrated their first County Championship Division Two win of the summer.
Chris Taylor was the last man to fall for a defiant 83 after Gloucestershire lost their last six wickets for 31 runs in 10.1 overs. Gloucestershire resumed the final day on 42 without loss, needing 343 more for victory, but their sole intention was to save the game.
Richard Coughtrie continued to anchor the innings while partner Ian Cockbain blazed his way towards 50. But when Adam Shantry trapped Cockbain lbw on 47, the visitors were still 323 short.
A moment of fielding magic followed from Gareth Rees when his direct hit caught Coughtrie napping at the far end and run out for 23 . Towards lunch, the ball starting to turn on the fourth day pitch and Dean Cosker took a great catch at short midwicket to dismiss opposition skipper Alex Gidman for 7, off the bowling of his own captain Alviro Petersen, who claimed his first wicket for Glamorgan.
Gloucestershire reached 118 for 3 at lunch with Taylor standing firm. Glamorgan lost the services of Jim Allenby who did not reappear in the afternoon session because of injury, while Graham Wagg was also unable to bowl because of a hamstring problem suffered in the first innings
Glamorgan were initially forced to rely on spinners Cosker and Petersen as Taylor brought up his fifty in the afternoon session in 91 balls, including eight fours. Taylor survived on 59 when Ben Wright just failed to gain a hard catch at midwicket off Cosker’s bowling before four wickets fell for 13 runs in 31 balls with James Harris and Adam Shantry taking a couple of victims each.
Harris struck with the second new ball when he bowled Jon Batty for 23 and claimed a second wicket to dismiss Will Gidman who edged to Mark Wallace for 1. Shantry struck in successive balls in the next over to dismiss Ian Saxelby and Jon Lewis. Rees took a bat pad catch to dismiss Saxelby before Lewis struck his first ball straight to Wright at cover.
Spinner Cosker took a wicket with the first ball of his new spell with Rees taking the catch at short leg to dismiss Vikram Banerjee. And with Gloucestershire missing Chris Dent who was unable to bat because of a broken finger, the game was over.