Ben Wright, 83 (vs Gloucestershire)
LV County Championship Div.2 | The Swalec Stadium, Cardiff |
14 April 2011
Glamorgan’s first home game and first win of the 2011 season didn’t exactly start out in a promising manner. Things rarely do look good when an opener is out for nought with the second ball of the match, but oh well Gareth Rees. Within 9.1 overs, the Dragons were 20/3 and it was a fresh case of “oh b*llocks”.
Skipper Alviro Petersen had been the symbol of defiance in the first innings up at Leicestershire, where everyone else fell. But even he couldn’t resist the lure of the changing room, trapped in front by Liam Norwell for 6. If anyone would stop this latest procession, I wouldn’t have necessarily wagered on it being Ben Wright.
I’m usually proven wrong in virtually all such circumstances. Wright stayed in as Jim Allenby, Mike Powell and Mark Wallace were also liberated of their wickets – and added 138 with Graham Wagg for the seventh wicket. It wasn’t quite enough the safeguard the direction of the game at that stage, but it was needed.
Wright’s 83 came off a brisk-enough 94 deliveries before being cleaned up by Ian Saxelby. Glamorgan barely made it past the 200 mark after that, but still secured a first innings lead. And a much improved second innings ultimately led to a nice 189-run win – but much was owed to the platform Wright provided on day one.