Friday, May 13, 2016

Glamorgan v Worcestershire, Championship Division 2, Cardiff 08-09/05/16

Glamorgan managed to escape with a draw against Worcestershire after rain washed out the chances of any play at all after tea on the 2nd day. (scorecard)

In truth, it would have been the home side doing the rain dance on days 3 and 4 after a woeful display during the time actually played.

With Glamorgan toothless in attack Worcestershire managed to pile up 456 for 6 declared, including a career best for Brett d'Oliveira. The daffodil cause was not helped by 5 dropped catches on the first day, most of which were difficult, but in professional cricket they need to be taken.

It got worse when they came to bat. Nick Selman and Mark Wallace had impressed in the 2nds the previous week and were given a debut and recalled respectively. But they fell quickly here and after Bragg went first ball, it seemed it couldn't deteriorate further.

It did, as skipper Jacques Rudolph slipped and was run out whilst turning for a 3rd.

The Monday afternoon gloom was now gathering and that was that, as the players waited until 5pm on Wednesday before the match was finally put of its misery by the umpires, much to the frustration of Worcestershire, but the relief of Glamorgan.

The Welshmen, and their South Africans, will have to shape up quickly to prevent it turning into a very long season.

Worcestershire open up in the sun on Sunday morning

Moeen Ali steps out...

...and faces Graeme Wagg

Glamorgan gave a debut to Nick Selman

Brett d'Oliveira passes 200

Worcestershire pile the pressure on with 5 slips

Glamorgan in deep trouble as Jack Shantry looks on

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