1 is the next exciting magic number in a series that scarcely deserves mention. It could well be the number of batsmen that Gloucestershire were deficient, after a broken finger kept Chris Dent from taking guard in either innings. But it isn’t. It is actually in honour of that first batting bonus point of the year. We’re away…
The 189-run victory, which gets this summer’s County Championship campaign up and running, was as imperious as it was remarkable. For Glamorgan have an irritating tendency to flirt with the hopelessly inept at times. Times like the first day, when Jim Allenby’s wicket left the scoreboard showing a bemused 54/6.
Ben Wright earned his cap in this game and responded by rebuilding Glammy’s shattered innings with 83. Together with Graham Wagg – who half-tonned it up, the pair helped the hosts creep over the bonus point threshold. Given the speed at which the changing room door was revolving earlier in the day, I’ll take that.
I certainly wouldn’t swap it for Gloucestershire’s card, after both James Harris and Adam Shantry helping themselves to wickets – the former taking five. Oh. I forgot to mention St Jim of the Taff End also marked his return with the wicket of Gidman. The title stays, even if he bowled at the Cathedral Road End…
And this is where the frustration surfaces. With a slender lead of 14, Glamorgan then found their batting form. Gareth Rees finally clocking up a 50, and a hearty 63 from Allenby. I can’t help but feel there may be a little seed of doubt over the place of Michael Powell, with 37 runs at 9.25 so far this season. Walters awaits?
After declaring on 370/9, Gloucestershire were slow and steady in pursuit of the victory target. Slow and steady to the point where one random glance at Cricinfo found that the visitors had gone at 0.9 in the previous 10 overs. On what I’d vote to be a most tranquil Sunday, this win didn’t appear obvious in mid-afternoon.
I flounced to the PS3. My frustrations taken out on trying to combat Monaco in a Lotus F1 car. Three re-starts later (and a first place), I returned to Cricinfo. 177/7 were Gloucestershire. And Shantry was on a hattrick. How could I have missed a rare moment when even Alviro was in the wickets? How was I to know…?
With Gloucestershire being a man light, I was able to rest a little easier – safe that a victory was coming. Hallelujah! Messrs Harris and Shantry eventually shared 6 wickets equally between them. Shantry has come back with a vengeance after his injury woes. James Harris has come back from the West Indies…
The opening two games have provided a fair share of frustration that could last a season, albeit expected. But is second innings performances as served up against Gloucestershire that demonstrate ability and temperament in Glammy’s batting. Why it has to wait until days three or four to come to fore, I don’t know.
But it comes in good time. The next opponents at the SWALEC are Surrey. And with that comes the return of T. Maynard. Hmm, that might just be interesting.