115 deliveries and it was all over for the Middlesex Panthers. With just five more to face before they could retreat to the safety of the Richmond dressing rooms for the innings break, the hosts could take no more against Glamorgan. In returning all out for 102, Middlesex recorded their lowest ever Twenty20 score.
It was a torturous innings, particularly once the openers departed. Paul Stirling’s six into the scoreboard – after three deliveries – was to be only of the day. And the departure of Chris Rogers for 30 induced the death throes of Middlesex at 58/3. From then, the Dragons twirled the Panthers into a bit of a spin.
Dean Cosker and Robert Croft took three a-piece; Cosker with 3-11 off his overs. Meanwhile, Alviro Petersen chipped in with Tim Murtagh’s wicket and Graham Wagg turned to spin in his second stint and claimed a second scalp. It was to be the Dragons’ to lose – but if anyone is capable…
Initially I feared for planes descending over the ground into Heathrow Airport – if Mark Cosgrove got hold of a bad ball, who knows what could have happened. Therefore, perhaps Cossie meant to give up his wicket with the first delivery of the reply for the sake of air traffic passing overhead…
It was left to an assured Alviro Petersen to rebuild the innings from there. Jim Allenby played a rotten shot to get out, while I completely missed Ben Wright’s departure as it was quite warm and the Guinness was calling. Then the skipper was out… oh my, surely Glammy aren’t really going to throw this away.
I should do better than to distrust Mark Wallace. In the situation, his knock of 40 was quite imperious as another two wickets fell before the Dragons reached the safety of the victory target. Sitting square to the wicket game no idea of how the pitch was playing, but something must’ve been amiss.
(Although I continue to be intrigued as to how a sub-standard pitch reduces the professionals to the ability of… well, utter rank amateurs like me…)
It was the third victory against Middlesex this season for the Dragons, something that appears to becoming a habit. It also offered some momentum for the visit of the reigning Friends Life T20 champions – Hampshire – too. However, I think the game was a bit of a side attraction to the SWALEC’s Welsh Night.
Just one over could be squeezed in – Hampshire 5/0 off the first – before rain did a boo-boo and washed out the game. Incey Wincey Spider’s whereabouts are also unknown. He certainly wasn’t to be seen when the sun came out and enabled the game against Essex to go ahead last night (21 June).
After scratching around in vain for a) whether S4C was on Virgin Media and b) if it would be showing the game, despair took over. Sky Sports was plonked on, and any old T20 would’ve sufficed. If I’d had bothered to do research, it wouldn’t be a surprise to find Glamorgan and Essex on my screen. And yet it was.It was the first time in a couple of years that Simon Jones had turned out in the majestic red of Glamorgan. Mind you, I don’t actually think it was red when he last turned out for the Dragons. It might have been some blue concoction. Either way, if it is considered a debut to be judged, it wasn’t far off the Jonathan Woodgate/Real Madrid standard.
In 2005, Jones dropped Brett Lee down at third man in the second Ashes Test – it nearly cost England victory against Australia. In an unfortunate flashback to that nearly-fateful moment, Jones dropped Shah in the deep with Essex needing five. Mind you, it wasn’t as bad as Ben Wright’s drop earlier. EPIC SIGH.
You and me both know that this latest defeat could have just ended Glamorgan’s hopes of getting out of the group stage. But then again, there are still 1,584 group games left and therefore the possibility lives on. Like The Bill did after it cut Reg Hollis and Tony Stamp from the cast… and look how that ended up.
Finally, England’s series win against Sri Lanka owes much to that result in Cardiff. Funny how it all works out. What’s going on with that dodgy pitch at HQ too? 23 wickets in a day. Tsk. Straussy would have taken that a week or so ago…