…Worcestershire won by eight wickets.
Before I get to that let me catch up on the Second day of the County Championship match between Glamorgan and Worcestershire, as I didn’t have time to post yesterday evening.
In generally fine weather, Worcestershire reached a total of 403 all out, including a century from Tom Kohler-Cadmore. Their innings closed just in time for tea.
In arrears by 196 on the first innings, Glamorgan really needed a good start, and they seemed to get that when openers Selman and Rudolph were still together with the score on 74. However, Rudolf and Lloyd fell in quick succession and the innings became even more precarious when Selman was out. At stumps, Glamorgan were 141 for 3, needing another 55 to make Worcestershire bat again. Colin Ingram was still there and playing some shots so there was still hope.
Sadly, however, Ingram fell early on the third morning and thereafter, apart from Aneurin Donald (57), Glamorgan offered very little resistance. Donald was hit on the head by a nasty delivery from Josh Tongue. It looked bad but he carried on, only to edge one into the gulley two balls later. Josh Tongue took five wickets on his County debut, as Glamorgan were all out at about 12.30 for 223.
Needing only 28 to win, a Worcestershire victory was an inevitability though they did lose two wickets on the way.
Glamorgan’s batsmen can have no complaints. The conditions for batting were generally good throughout the match: not much sign of swing, not much movement off the pitch, and just a hint of variable bounce. They just didn’t perform well enough. There’s no question that the better team won. Glamorgan have lost their first two games of this season, but they mustn’t allow themselves to get demoralised. It’s one thing to lose a game on the pitch, but quite another when you start losing games in your own head.
Despite the result I enjoyed watching my first County Championship match as a Glamorgan member. I enjoyed the banter in the crowd, and saw some good cricket. It’s just a pity that not much of it was from Glamorgan..
Next cricket at Sophia Gardens is a one-day match a fortnight today against Surrey. Maybe they’ll have more luck in the limited-overs format?Follow @telescoper