LV= Insurance County Championship 2022 Round 12 Day 3: Wednesday 7th September - Latest News, Scores and Match Reports
Here is all the latest news, scores and match reports for the LV= Insurance County Championship 2022 Round 12 Day 3: Wednesday 7th September.
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Lancashire vs Yorkshire, Division 1
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Luke Wells smashed a fabulous 65-ball century on day three at Emirates Old Trafford to maintain Lancashire’s hopes of securing the Roses win which will keep their LV= Insurance County Championship title hopes alive.
Lancashire started this game, the first of three remaining, 34 points behind leaders Surrey. So, if they do not win here, their chances of the title are realistically over given the leaders - who do not play this week - would still have three fixtures remaining.
And early in the afternoon, their chances were receding as Yorkshire edged their way towards first-innings parity in reply to 276, bowled out for 255.
Red Rose seamer Tom Bailey’s four for 56 included his 300th first-class wicket before Wells set about building the lead in quick time with 124 in 82 balls. He helped his county reach close at 203 for three from 33 overs, a lead of 224.
He shared 186 inside 28 overs with opening partner Keaton Jennings, who added 68 before bad light ended the day 16 overs early.
Bailey claimed three of the six Yorkshire wickets to fall on day three after they resumed on 130 for four.
The 31-year-old had Matthew Waite caught behind, Jordan Thompson caught at mid-on and Dom Bess caught at square-leg, all falling to loose shots as the score became 219 for nine shortly before lunch.
The Bess wicket, following a top-edged pull, was Bailey’s milestone wicket.
Innings top-scorer Tom Kohler-Cadmore, with 51, was caught at deep square-leg slog sweeping the leg-spin of Matt Parkinson, who finished with three wickets.
Given the positivity with which Wells batted in Lancashire’s second innings, and the unsettled forecast for Manchester, it could be vitally important for Yorkshire that last pair Ben Coad and Steve Patterson united for the best part of 22 overs.
They added 34 in watchful fashion to take valuable time out of the game and secure their side a second batting bonus point along the way.
Bailey is, in many ways, the centrepiece of Lancashire’s pace bowling stocks.
Yes, they have more eye-catching names on the staff such as Jimmy Anderson and Saqib Mahmood. Earlier this season, they even signed Pakistani Hassan Ali as an overseas player.
But Prestonian Bailey is an ever-reliable bowler who knits everything together.
As indicated by the aforementioned names of his Lancashire seam bowling contemporaries, Bailey has gone through much of his 10-year first-class career being overshadowed.
And today proved no different as Wells set to work on building Lancashire’s slender first-innings lead in devastating fashion either side of tea.
He crashed a 29-ball fifty and was particularly dominant straight down the ground and whipping over backward square-leg. He went on to hit six sixes in all.
Lancashire reached tea at 80 without loss in only 12 overs, and Wells hit the first two balls of the evening for four.
Early in the evening, Yorkshire posted as many as seven deep fielders when Wells was on strike.
Like Bailey, Wells is similarly under-rated. Released by home county Sussex at the end of 2020, he has enjoyed an exceptional second summer in the North West.
He is closing in on 1,000 Championship runs for the season, a milestone Jennings reached during this innings.
Before bad light came at 5.20pm, Jennings was the second of two wickets during a notable passage of play which saw Jonny Tattersall relinquish the gloves to Kohler-Cadmore, seemingly to increase a poor over-rate by bowling some leg-spinners.
Kohler-Cadmore stumped Josh Bohannon off Bess and Tattersall struck with his fifth ball in first-team cricket, getting Jennings caught at short third reverse sweeping almost immediately before the light closed in.
Lancashire centurion Luke Wells said:
“It was obviously good fun.
“The game and season situation dictated that we needed to do something with the time we had available and dark clouds rolling over.
“We knew we didn’t have much time to force a lead that could give us something to bowl at.
“I wasn’t expecting to score quite that quickly! I just felt in a good groove, got a few out of the middle of the bat, and went with it.
“I’ve felt in good nick for a while and have struck the ball quite nicely.
“The first innings was a bit of a graft, but the conditions had changed a little bit. I think they might have expected the pitch to do a little bit more than it did. So it was a combination of those factors.
“Keaton just let me go with it. The rate I was scoring at took the pressure off him. So he didn’t feel like he had to go and blast away. It’s a short boundary, and we just tried to put the spinner under pressure.”
Yorkshire captain Jonny Tattersall said:
“It wasn’t an ideal day. That’s the way it goes sometimes. But there’s still a bit of cricket to go in this game, a bit of rain around, and hopefully we can get something out of it.
“We were disappointed to lose a couple of quick wickets this morning, and we didn’t get as many as we’d have hoped. But we did well to get a couple of batting points.
“We know we can be a lot better than what we showed there with the bat. There were a few soft dismissals. Hopefully we can put that right in the next innings.
“Full credit to Lancashire, they played fantastically well.
“We wanted to be attacking to try and get some early wickets to put them under pressure, but they came out really hard. Wells played some unbelievably good shots back over the bowler’s head for six. On that wicket, it wasn’t easy. You have to give a lot of credit to the batters.
“(Tattersall bowling) It was a bit of a role of dice, and our over-rate was down. It was more to see if we could sneak a couple in, and they came out alright.”
Kent vs Essex, Division 1
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Kent were left praying for rain after day three of their LV=Insurance match with Essex at Canterbury, having been reduced to 137 for eight in their second innings, a deficit of 272.
Sam Cook took six for 33 in Kent’s second innings and has match figures of nine for 60, while Adam Rossington has seven catches so far, but Essex remain two wickets shy of victory, despite taking an extra half hour after the scheduled close of 6.33pm.
Kent’s top scorer, Jordan Cox, was not out on 53 at stumps, partnered by Matt Milnes who’s unbeaten on 12, but Kent’s only realistic hope of avoiding defeat is if the weather intervenes on day four.
Earlier Ben Allison took four for 40 as Kent were dismissed for 164 in their first innings, 409 behind the 573 Essex made after they were put in on day one.
Kent were 74 for four when play began after a 10-minute rain delay and after some early resistance they rapidly faded.
Jack Leaning batted for 41 minutes with Cox, before Cook had him caught by a tumbling Feroze Khushi at square leg, and from then on no partnership lasted for more than five overs.
Billings batted despite a groin injury, with Ben Compton acting as his runner, but he was visibly struggling and lasted just nine balls before he nicked Allison to Rossington.
Allison then removed Grant Stewart, who edged the seventh ball he faced behind for two and Harry Podmore, who made 13 before he became Rossington’s fifth victim of the innings.
Allison then clipped the top of Cox’s off stump, bowling him for 34, before the rain returned, with Kent 145 for nine, ushering in an early lunch.
When play resumed Quinn tried to hit Shane Snater out of the ground and was bowled for seven, leaving Essex with a mammoth first innings lead.
To the surprise of precisely no one in the Spitfire Ground they enforced the follow on, claiming an early victim when Robinson edged Cook behind for 15, before a second rain delay wiped out 19 overs.
Kent’s best hope of salvaging a draw lay in batting out the day and hoping a grim weather forecast for day four would prove accurate, but when play resumed Cook hadn’t even completed his over before he’d removed Daniel Bell-Drummond for a second ball duck, again caught behind.
In Cook’s next over he took wickets with successive deliveries, first getting Compton caught at second slip by Matt Critchley for seven, then getting Leaning caught for a golden duck by the same fielder.
Cook claimed his fifth wicket of the innings when Denly tried to pull him and instead got a top edge that floated to Nick Browne at third slip. Stewart tried to drive Cook and was caught by Browne at mid off for six.
Podmore lingered for 46 balls for 10 before he was bowled by Jamie Porter and Essex looked like wrapping up the win inside three days when Billings chipped the same bowler to Tom Westley, for his first ever pair, but Cox pulled Snater for four to pass 50 shortly before the scheduled close and although the extra half hour was taken, the players went off for bad light at 6.59 pm.
Somerset vs Gloucestershire, Division 1
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Half-centuries from Ben Charlesworth, Ollie Price and Miles Hammond left Gloucestershire poised for a challenging declaration on the third day of the LV= Insurance County Championship match with Somerset at Taunton.
The visitors began the day by bowling out their arch-rivals for 248, from an overnight 209 for eight, Tom Price completing figures for five for 75.
That gave Gloucestershire a first innings lead of 95, which they cemented by scoring 246 for five in their second innings, Charlesworth contributing 64, Price 52 and Hammond 53.
A deficit of 341 will mean a testing final day for Somerset’s fragile batting line-up if the thunderstorms that have been forecast throughout the game continue to stay away.
After the start of play had been delayed by ten minutes following rain, the hosts added only four to their overnight score before Sajid Khan was caught behind looking to guide a short ball from David Payne over the slips.
The Pakistan off-spinner made it clear he did not agree with the decision, repeatedly pointing to his shoulder as the contact point.
James Rew, unbeaten on 35 at the start, and Jack Brooks added 35 for the last wicket, the latter top-edging a six off Price before falling for 21 to the next delivery, caught at third slip.
Teenager Rew finished unbeaten on 44 after nearly four hours of intense concentration. But Somerset fell two runs short of a second batting point and soon their seamers were again struggling to find any assistance from the Cooper Associates County Ground pitch.
Charlesworth and Marcus Harris took the Gloucestershire second innings total to 35 before Harris was bowled off stump by a good delivery from Josh Davey.
By lunch, the score had progressed to 49 for one and the visitors led by 144. Soon Charlesworth and Ollie Price were building on it comfortably in the afternoon sunshine.
Price went to his second half-century of the match, off 97 balls, with 9 fours, before becoming a first Somerset victim for Sajid, caught at slip attempting a reverse sweep.
Sajid bowled tightly from the River End until Hammond launched him for a straight six and had figures of one for 39 from 17 overs at tea, which was taken with Gloucestershire 143 for two.
The lead was 238 and Charlesworth was four short of fifty. The tall left-hander remained patient at the start of the final session and reached the landmark off 179 balls, with 4 fours.
Sajid continued to show excellent control and there was no urgency to Gloucestershire’s batting, with Charlesworth and Hammond content to accumulate steadily.
The floodlights were turned on with 18 overs still left in the day’s play. Tom Lammonby supported Sajid with a tight spell of left-arm seam and claimed the wicket of Charlesworth, caught at slip driving with the total on 192.
The stand with Hammond had added 68, but occupied 32.2 overs at a time when their team might have pressed for a declaration before the close.
With Gloucestershire’s innings becalmed, Somerset opted not to take the second new ball at 196 for three. Brooks replaced Lammonby, who had conceded just 14 runs from ten overs.
The stranglehold was broken as Brooks’ first two overs cost 14. James Bracey survived a stumping chance off Sajid in a bid to further lift the tempo.
Hammond moved to a watchful half-century off 137 balls, with 3 fours and 2 sixes, before Bracey fell to a stunning Kasey Aldridge catch off his own bowling, the tall seamer diving to his right to take the ball an inch off the ground.
At 218 for four, Gloucestershire led by 313. Skipper Graeme van Buuren wasted no time extending the advantage with a six over long-on off Sajid.
Hammond was caught at slip to give Sajid a second wicket and Somerset could take some comfort from having restricted their neighbours to a run rate of just 2.67 an over.
Gloucestershire batsman Ben Charlesworth said: "It's nice to be in control of a four-day game. I have not been around for much of the season, but the lads have been in some sticky situations at times. So we are all really positive and looking forward to tomorrow.
"A lot of discussions will probably be taking place tonight among people above my pay grade! But we have a 340 lead and I can't imagine we will need too many more runs.
"It was really testing facing Sajid Khan today because he was really tricky on a turning wicket. He didn't bowl many bad balls and there was a lot of rough outside our off stump for Miles Hammond and myself to cope with.
"The ball went soft and it was difficult to score. It was good hard cricket and I don't think there was ever any plan to pull out and make Somerset bat tonight."
Somerset skipper Tom Abell said: "It was not the day we wanted. Gloucestershire are ahead in the game and we just had to stick in this afternoon, having failed to take early wickets.
"We tried to keep things as dry as possible with the ball and give ourselves the best chance of taking something out of the game. Personally, I was a bit surprised they didn't try and put us in tonight, but I am sure they have a game plan and are staying with it.
"Sajid Khan has been brilliant for us in both innings. There wasn't much assistance for him in the first innings, but he still bowled with great control.
"Tomorrow we have to sell our wickets dearly whatever the target. We didn't do that enough in the first innings, but we have it in us to do it after being outplayed for three days."
Hampshire vs Northamptonshire, Division 1
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Hampshire 400/9d lead Northamptonshire 175 & 153/3 by 72 runs
Hampshire snared 12 wickets in the day to roll Northamptonshire out for 175 and claimed full bonus points to put themselves on course to go top of the LV= Insurance County Championship Division One.
Kyle Abbott took his season tally to 53 wickets to remain the leading wicket-taker in Division One with four for 52, while Keith Barker joined him in second with three for 41 and one for 34.
Northamptonshire were forced to follow on after suffering a 225-run first-innings deficit, but Emilio Gay’s excellent season continued with a classy 74 as the visitors ended the day 153 for three – still 72 runs behind.
Hampshire will go at least level with leaders Surrey, who do not play in this round, with a victory moving them eight points clear.
After a fair batting day, conditions very much favoured bowling, with Keith Barker, Mohammad Abbas and Abbott relentless in their probing.
With such heavy rain coming overnight and in the morning, it was a testament to Simon Lee and his ground staff – along with the new outfield laid last winter – that play started only 45 minutes later than scheduled.
When it did Hampshire needed just five overs to make their first breakthrough. Emilio Gay had been almost perfect in his defence the previous evening but clipped to square leg with only three runs added in the morning.
From then on it was rather a procession, with the remaining eight wickets falling in 33 overs.
Josh Cobb pulled to the catcher at short mid-wicket, Rob Keogh edged behind to Aneurin Donald for a 10-ball duck, and Ricardo Vasconcelos – having unfurled a lovely cover drive first ball – pushed to second slip.
After lunch, James Sales was yorked to the first ball on resumption by Barker.
Luke Procter had ground out 40 at the other end with watchfulness and skill against the moving ball, but his downfall was a James Fuller over always destined to take a wicket.
Fuller, in his first over of the match, bowled two short balls to destabilise Procter, beat his outside edge before clipping the edge of the bat to the final ball of the over with a snorter.
Tom Taylor had attempted to dig in but edged behind, Lizaad Williams sliced to point and Ben Sanderson was bowled to wrap things up. Northamptonshire bowled out for 175 and stuck straight back in with a 225-run deficit.
A fresh innings saw a return to Gay and Will Young battening down the hatches and bedding in. The duo put on 68 in the first innings and looked unmovable when amassing 98 in the second.
Gay was particularly impressive in his fifth half-century of the campaign, refusing to get bogged down with crafty shot-making while still prizing his wicket.
Young was less fluent, with three-quarters of his four boundaries coming when the bowling erred onto his pads. He largely avoided playing at anything he didn’t need to until Ian Holland forced him to nibble at one on a fourth stump line to nick behind.
Procter was also victim to a jaffa as Barker found bounce just back of a length to also edge behind, before Gay was lbw to Fuller two overs later. Bad light once again ended the day early.
Hampshire all-rounder James Fuller:
"They have a good top five but once we got through that they fell away quite quickly in that first innings. We were thinking that if we could get those five again this afternoon we could have potentially won it today but it wasn't to be.
"There was some great efforts from Abbott, Barker and Abbas. Amazing stuff to bowl all those overs and hopefully we get some cricket tomorrow.
"It was coming out really nice. It has been a good month of bowling as fast as I can so that was the plan today. Vince just told me to let it rip and I got some nice traction and it was coming out nicely.
"We knew the weather has been around so we have been trying to move the game along a bit quicker. But maybe because we were trying to push it along we maybe didn't get that control in the second innings.
"It will be a full-point draw at worse but it would be lovely to get 40-odd overs to knock the wickets off. We will be going out there with all the towels and sponges if it does rain."
Northamptonshire captain Will Young:
"We would have liked to have done the job and batted for a longer time in the first innings and pick up a couple of batting bonus points but it wasn't to be.
"We were asked to bat again and showed more resilience. We knew there would be some sore bodies in the Hampshire camp so broke it down spell by spell to make them keep coming back. It was looking good for a while but it was a little disappointing to lose three wickets at the end.
"They are a bloody good side and if they get one wicket all their tails go up and it is very tricky again. We let them in and left the door ajar but we will keep fighting.
"I thought Emilio played well in both innings. I think he'll be kicking himself he didn't bat longer in one of them. As an opening bat you have to apply yourself and take the runs and Emilio has his methods."
Nottinghamshire vs Leicestershire, Division 2
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Nottinghamshire duly wrapped up a three-day victory over Leicestershire that puts them in what looks like an unassailable position at the top of Division Two as the LV= Insurance County Championship moves towards a conclusion.
Set an implausible target of 499 to win after Nottinghamshire declared at 390 for seven on Tuesday after 20 wickets fell on Monday, Leicestershire were bowled out for 257 in their second innings to give the home side victory by 241 runs
Nottinghamshire might have pocketed their 20 points much earlier but for a stoppage of more than two hours for rain with Leicestershire nine wickets down, their frustration compounded by having put down two catches as last-wicket pair Callum Parkinson and Michael Finan added 83 runs.
The players left the field for a delayed tea at eight minutes to four and did not return until six o’clock. Rain began to fall again within moments of play resuming with the prospect of the teams being forced to come back on Thursday morning, potentially for just one ball.
Fortunately, it took only 10 deliveries for Nottinghamshire to take the final wicket as Finan edged a ball from Dane Patterson to second slip.
Finan - on his first-class debut - made 58 after being dropped first ball, while Parkinson was given a life on 13.
Skipper Steven Mullaney (three for 29) and Brett Hutton (three for 51) were the pick of the Nottinghamshire bowlers.
Nottinghamshire’s nearest pursuers in the promotion race, Middlesex and Glamorgan, have a game in hand but they play each other at Lord’s next week, which means the picture will look clearer when Nottinghamshire next play, against Worcestershire at New Road a week on Tuesday.
Derbyshire vs Durham, Division 2
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Ben Raine bowled Durham back into contention on the third day of the LV= Insurance County Championship match against Derbyshire at the Incora County Ground.
The 30-year-old paceman took 3 for 24 in 18 overs to restrict Derbyshire to 185 for 7 in their second innings, a lead of 268.
Liam Trevaskis also helped contain the promotion hopefuls by claiming 3 for 71 with his left-arm spin before bad light ended play early.
Wayne Madsen led the way for Derbyshire with 58 while Godleman made 43 from 141 balls, his highest score of the season in the championship.
Durham’s hopes of reducing the arrears significantly lasted two overs before Oliver Gibson sliced a drive at Sam Conners and was caught by Godleman running from mid off to give the England Lions fast bowler figures of 4 for 55.
The visitors suffered a major blow after three overs of Derbyshire’s second innings when their leading bowler Chris Rushworth left the field with a muscle strain.
Given the state of the game and Rushworth’s injury, Durham did well to keep Derbyshire in check with Godleman and Luis Reece taking 23 overs to increase the lead by 50.
Reece did launch Liam Trevaskis over the long off boundary before he was caught behind playing defensively at Raine who bowled a good containing spell from the City End.
Brooke Guest drove Trevaskis for another six but was caught at slip off the next ball as he tried to cut the left arm spinner.
By lunch Derbyshire were 145 ahead and Godleman showed more intent after the interval, straight driving Trevaskis for six before Madsen completed yet another 50, his 11th of the season, by guiding Raine to the third man boundary.
Godleman was seven away from his first championship half-century of the summer when he was caught on the crease by Raine to end a stand of 88 in 27 overs.
Durham struck twice in the next two overs with Leus du Plooy well caught by Nic Maddinson running back to long off and Madsen caught behind dabbing at Raine shortly before bad light stopped play.
Rain prevented a resumption until 4.40pm and Derbyshire’s slide continued with two more wickets falling in consecutive overs.
Harry Came’s attempt to drive Trevaskis over the top ended in the hands of cover and Mark Watt got a top edge aiming a pull at a ball from Paul Coughlin that stopped on him.
Anuj Dal and Ben Aitchison added another 24 from 67 balls before bad light ended play with 11 overs remaining at 5.30pm leaving the game intriguingly poised if the rain stays away on the final day.
Derbyshire assistant coach Ajmal Shahzad said: "We've spoken about how if we bowl well 268 could be enough but ideally we want to be 300, 320 ahead.
"The weather came into it today, there were passages when we could potentially have kicked on a little bit more but we want to press tomorrow and push for that 300 lead and then go hard with the ball.
"I think it's been a very good cricket wicket, it's offered for the seamers, if you miss your areas you can score and there's also spin there so fingers crossed we can get to that magic 300 number and then we have to bowl well."
Durham captain Scott Borthwick said: "I thought we bowled outstandingly well today, especially with Rushy (Chris Rushworth) going down with an injury, I thought we stuck together really well.
"We've put ourselves into a position to win a game of cricket and we have to finish them off in the morning and if we can keep them under 300 it will be ideal.
"It's one of those pitches, if you look at the scorecard throughout the game there's been little pockets of wickets and little partnerships. We kept saying as a bowling unit we had to hang in there, do good things and you get your rewards.
"On the flip side when we come to bat we've got to weather the storm during those little passages of play when they do get on top."
Glamorgan vs Worcestershire, Division 2
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India batsman Shubman Gill was the star performer between the rain breaks at Sophia Gardens, despite falling eight runs short of a century on debut as Worcestershire kept alive slim hopes of forcing victory.
Glamorgan still need 64 to avoid the follow on target of 305, finishing on 241 for 8 thanks to Gill’s classy 92 – falling LBW to Ed Barnard two balls before play stopped for bad light on a day when only 50 overs were possible.
Glamorgan were happy chasing the batting bonus points that would take them past the follow-on target and also potentially past Middlesex into second place in the table, with those two teams meeting next week at Lord’s.
Worcestershire need a win to boost their chances of joining that promotion race, but that will take quite a turnaround given more rain is forecast in Cardiff on the final day.
There was a little under two hours of play possible before lunch, then a lengthy break before the players returned after tea for a truncated evening session with 44 overs having been lost and a further 10 because of bad light.
Gill had shown the previous evening that he was a different class to any other batsman on this pitch and picked up where he had left off by hitting his first ball through mid-on in classical fashion.
Nightwatchman Timm van der Gugten had a bit of fun before departing on 18 but, while the ball regularly went past the edge of the other batsmen, the speed of Gill’s foot positioning meant he was comfortable against all the bowlers and hardly played and missed.
Sam Northeast would have been confident coming to the wicket on the back of breaking the Glamorgan county batting records in both red ball and white ball cricket, but an off-cutter from Dillon Pennington saw him depart for 10.
Worcestershire’s hopes were well and truly raised when Pennington’s next ball found the edge of Kiran Carlson’s bat and Ed Pollock took the catch at slip to make it two wickets in two balls.
Billy Root has a good record against Worcestershire and he was able to avoid the hat trick and then keep Worcestershire at bay until the rain came.
Resuming after tea, Glamorgan slipped deeper into trouble despite gaining their first batting bonus point of the game. Root was LBW aiming through midwicket to give Ben Gibbon his third victim.
Then came the big wicket of Gill, also LBW aiming through midwicket – this time Ed Barnard was the bowler. Gill will count himself especially unlucky as two balls after his departure all the players were walking off for bad light.
The players did return for a final 10 overs, James Harris being bowled by Pennington on what proved to be the last ball of the day.
Shubman Gill, Glamorgan's India batsman top scored with 92. “I liked it, it was a great experience for me to come here and play county cricket and spend some time in the middle so it was a good outing for me today.
“The conditions are different to back home, especially with the rain – you stop, you start again, you stop, you start again, which is challenging when you are in the zone. It is also part of the experience when you play in the UK and definitely different to India.
“They bowled some decent spells, hit some good areas. We should be able to give them a good competition in terms of saving the match. Our first target is to get over 250 and a batting bonus point, once we are over that then even if we follow on I think we could save the match.
“It is obviously disappointing to get out, it does not matter if it rains after that or not. And I was quite disappointed, especially to be out on 92, but I was pretty satisfied with my own performance because I wanted to spend some time out in the middle and I got that. Hopefully when I bat next for Glamorgan I will be familiar with the conditions.”
Worcestershire bowling coach Alan Richardson. “It was a long day for just 50 overs. When we came down here we did not think we would be on for anywhere near that, it helped us a bit because we could rest up and go again, but it would be nice to get a full day tomorrow and see what happens.
“It will be difficult to take 12 wickets in a day out there, but we have to believe that if we create enough pressure and get Glamorgan far enough behind the game then you never know.
“I think we have to have that confidence and belief that if we bowl well again we can at least give ourselves a chance.
“If you break it down today we took 130 for 6 in nearly 50 overs which was a magnificent effort from the boys, a real collective and team effort which was pretty impressive.”
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