Monday, June 5, 2017

Glamorgan v Durham, County Championship Division 2, Swansea, 26-29/05/17

Glamorgan produced an astonishing day four run chase to record their first Championship win of 2017, over a Durham side struggling in Division 2, after their ECB imposed demotion over the close season.

On a glorious Day 1, Durham made 342 all out mainly thanks to a superb 127 from visiting captain, veteran Paul Collingwood. Michael Hogan mopped up the tail to take 5 for 49.

Steady rain greeted the start of Day 2, with the start delayed until 2.30. Glamorgan managed to build after a faltering start and, as skies brightened on Day 3, gained a first innings lead of 11 runs after posting 353, with contributions from Aneurin Donald (51), Chris Cooke (69) and a career best 75 from Andrew Salter.

A rain delay on day 4 halted Durham's ability to set the sort of target they wished, but a spirited declaration meant a Glamorgan target of 266 in 51 overs.

A slow start seemed to make the chase unlikely, but Nick Selman held the pursuit together and hit 14 runs off the last over, including two sixes, to give Glamorgan victory by 3 wickets with only 3 balls to spare.

Cricinfo report and scorecard



Swansea's St Helens on Day 1....


...more like St Lucia!






 Lighter skies on Day 3


Stephen Cook, South Africa's opening bat in Tests









Cameron Steel b van der Gugten 10 

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Glamorgan v Nottinghamshire, County Championship Division 2, Cardiff, 19-22/05/17

Glamorgan produced an incredible last day rearguard to salvage an unlikely draw against a powerful Nottinghamshire outfit at the SWALEC stadium.

For most of the match, Glamorgan were really on the back foot, with Nottinghamshire's 448, featuring centuries from Jake Libby and Rikki Wessels, feeling rather large as the home side stumbled to 187 all out in reply.

With the follow on unsurprisingly enforced, an away victory for the Outlaws seemed nailed on, especially when Glamorgan were 194/5. That, however, was the end of the wickets falling, as Colin Ingram (155 not out) and Chris Cooke (113 not out) batted throughout the final day, as well part of the penultimate day, to frustrate the high flying visitors and deny them victory for the first time this season.


 Cricinfo report and scorecard


The SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff looking great...


...in early summer sunshine



Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Iron Maiden, Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham, 21/05/17

Once again, the timeless and imperious Iron Maiden delivered a simply stunning set at the Barclaycard Arena in Brimingham, as part of their 2017 'Book Of Souls' world tour.

After nearly 40 years, most of which has been spent of the top of the heavy metal tree, the band show no signs of slowing down and are as magnificent as ever. Loud, proud, fast, exciting, skillful, you run out of adjectives for one of the UK's finest exports of the last decades.

Set List
If Eternity Should Fail
Speed Of Light
Wrathchild
Children Of The Damned
Death Or Glory
The Red And The Black
The Trooper
Powerslave
The Great Unknown
The Book Of Souls
Fear Of The Dark
The Number Of The Beast
Blood Brothers
Wasted Years


There were a few in!


Great seats








The Trooper


These Colours Don't Run


Monday, May 29, 2017

Glamorgan v Kent, RL One Day Cup, Swansea, 14/05/17

Glamorgan brought down the curtain on the group stage of the 2017 Royal London Cup with an invigorating victory by 15 runs over Kent, though sadly it was not enough to get a top three place and progress to the next stage.


On a bright and breezy Sunday in Swansea, the first of 5 days this season at historic St Helens, Glamorgan were invited to bat first and posted 356/7 largely based upon a brilliant 114 from Colin Ingram and a fine 94 from Will Bragg.

In reply, Kent's assault on the target came largely from veteran Darren Stevens, who hit a brilliant 147 off 67 balls including 10 fours and 14 sixes, in one of the most brutal innings seen at the old ground.

David Lloyd was Glamorgan's bowling star with 5 for 53 off his 10 overs. James Tredwell briefly threatened to take the game to the death but ran himself out with only a number 11 for company.

Cricinfo report and scorecard talk about the 697 runs and 35 sixes in more detail.


 

 





Monday, May 15, 2017

Glamorgan v Essex, RL One Day Cup, Cardiff, 07/05/17

Glamorgan won a last ball thriller at the Swalec Stadium to keep their qualification hopes alive in the Royal London One Day Cup, by squeezing out Essex by one run after the visitors had looked nailed on for victory.



After winning the toss and batting first, Glamorgan posted 281/7 off their 50 overs, the bedrock being Colin Ingram with a brilliant 142 and supported by Will Bragg 59 and Kieran Carlson 36.

In reply, Essex were cruising. At one stage they were 214/3, with Chopra (124) and Bopara (58) at the crease with still 8 overs to go. But some fine fielding and determined bowling ensured that the home side took it to the final over, with Essex eventually needing 4 to win off the last ball with the final pair at the crease. Michael Hogan ensured otherwise, and bowled a superb last six balls, including conceding just 2 off the final delivery.

Cricinfo report and scorecard


Friday, May 12, 2017

Glamorgan v Somerset, RL One Day Cup, Cardiff, 05/05/17

Following defeat in their opening Royal London Cup encounter against Surrey, Glamorgan really needed to bounce back against Somerset, but sadly put in a rather limp and lifeless display against Somerset and were soundly beaten by a whopping 170 runs.


Batting first after being inserted, Somerset were ruthless in posting 338/3 off their 50 overs, featuring a superb unbeaten 144 from former Glamorgan man Jim Allenby. He was well supported by Dean Elgar (96) and James Hildreth who hit a breezy 58 not out off just 28 balls.

In reply, Glamorgan were rather pathetic, with only Kieran Carlson offering some hope with 63, as the home side wilted to 168 all out with some 13.2 overs unused.

Cricinfo report and scorecard.


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Lanzarote for Easter, 09/04/17 - 23/04/17

A few pics from our Easter holiday at the Apartamentos Panorama in Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote.