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Diary of a Glamorgan Fan (Aged 25 5/8) #8

Mark Cosgrove at Richmond115 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.

Corporal Jones

Simon's new look was a bit strange -
but at least the hat helped with catching

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…

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Diary of a Glamorgan Fan (Aged 25 5/8) – T20 Special

Lights go out at Glamorgan v Middlesex

The lights are all out. And so are Middlesex.

15 July. Until then, two LVCC2 matches with Derbyshire are the sole respite from the beast that is the Friends Life T20. Glamorgan Dragons are now four games into their campaign, and are to play one game every 15 minutes to ensure all their group fixtures are finished by the middle of next month.

It had started quite promisingly, we thought. Although in hindsight, a win versus Middlesex is nothing much to write home about. It’s obligatory. A 45-run margin was, nonetheless, a comfortable one in the end after the hosts piled on 199. Chris Cooke perhaps standing out with 22 runs from six deliveries.

It was Jamie Dalrymple’s first return to the SWALEC since his acrimonious exit during the winter. The game was delayed during the Middlesex chase due to the failure of the floodlights. If you’re a fan of wild, unfounded conspiracy theories – it’s like a create-your-own right there.

The second game of the campaign took the Dragons to the reigning champions – Hampshire. Batting first, Glammy’s 120 rarely inspired confidence in armchair fans around the, hmm, country. And yet, the hosts were almost so willing in the near-choke that was the two-wicket win with four to spare. If only for 140 runs.

Glamorgan’s batting was back on track at the Oval. But then again, it is a ground that rather treats batsmen. Mark Cosgrove and Jim Allenby propelled the guests to an interesting 167-7 before biblical rains swept across south London. In doing so, Surrey were denied the chance to reply.

It would have been interesting to see how Surrey fared in response. Would Dean Cosker give the media something to chew on by taking KP’s wicket? Would Tom Maynard give Glamorgan something to chew on by taking them to the cleaners. So many questions. Well, two. But unanswered all the same. We’ll never know…

And onto the fourth and final game to catch up with. You can accuse me of being tardy. I would protest that I have been busy. Either way, it didn’t stop Glamorgan losing to Kent at the SWALEC. Mark Cosgrove and Alviro Petersen provided fair grounds for the Dragons to push on, but it was a laboured innings afterwards.

A partnership between Riaz and Northeast eventually did for the hosts and eased Kent past the target of 155 with two balls to spare. The visitors now join Glammy and Surrey on three points, with the Dragons travelling to Richmond to do battle with Middlesex tomorrow evening. That’s bottom-of-the-table-Middlesex.

Alviro Petersen has called for a response from his players and I am sure that it is going to be forthcoming. The dynamic of the top three – Cosgrove, Petersen and Allenby seems settled and fairly pro-active, while the bowlers have so far refused to let opponents get away. But now is the time to start forcing the results.

I say that now is the time, but it’s such a long group phase. Last year’s T20 quest started with a bang and finished with a whimper. I won’t mind too much if that’s reversed this year. Finals Day is not something that I’m ruling Glamorgan out of just yet… Stop laughing back there.