CW® County Player Of The Week - Mark Wallace
Glamorgan batsman and wicket-keeper Mark Wallace has been named as the Cricket World® County Player Of The Week after scoring important runs in both innings of his side's comprehensive 176-run LV= County Championship victory over Gloucestershire.
Coming to the crease with his side in trouble at 84 for five in the first innings at Cheltenham, he made 72 in 83 balls to haul them up to a score of 216, hitting eight fours and four sixes. He then took two catches as Glamorgan limited Gloucestershire to 243 in the second innings before scoring his ninth first-class century in Glamorgan's second innings.
He made 113 in 124 balls having seen Mark Cosgrove blast 123 at the top of the order to put his side well ahead and set Gloucestershire an unlikely 345 to win. His innings included 15 fours and a six and spanned 124 balls as he hit out in good time.
Two more catches for Wallace, and a hat-trick for off-spinner Robert Croft, then saw Gloucestershire bowled out for 168 as Glamorgan maintain their promotion push. Currently lying in second place, they trail leaders Sussex by 14 points but now lead Gloucestershire, in fourth, by 21.
Other contenders for the weekly award, as well as Croft and Cosgrove, included James Hildreth, Toby Roland-Jones, Yasir Arafat, Tom Smith, James Vince, Matt Mason, Craig Kieswetter and Matthew Walker.
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