Alviro Petersen, 91 (vs Leicestershire)
LV County Championship Div.2 | Grace Road, Leicester | 9 April 2011
It seems weird to suggest that one of my stand-out innings with the bat this year, from a Glamorgan perspective, should come from a pretty listless defeat at Grace Road. There’s no particular glory in being skittled for 148 in the first innings and going on to lose by 89 runs, but there was one show of stoicism.
Leicestershire were all out for a modest 238 but it wasn’t an opportunity that the Dragons capitalised on. No-one seemed particularly capable of sticking around – wickets tumbled regularly around new skipper and debutant Alviro Petersen. It’s not the situation he perhaps envisaged in his first County Championship match.
Undeterred, the South African slogged it out where others didn’t, in part due to a Matthew Hoggard hattrick. More than 220 minutes and 165 deliveries yielded an imperious (given the card) 91 before being the last man out. If you need the extra context, Ben Wright and Robert Croft were the next highest scorers on 11.
The hosts were five wickets down for 78 by the end of a second day on which they had batted twice. The 149-run partnership between Will Jefferson and Jigar Naik ultimately did for Glamorgan in this game, but not before Petersen had shown a glimpse of the aptitude that would reap a further 978 first-class runs in 2011.