Glamorgan – The 12 Innings Of Christmas (2011, Pt.5)

Alviro Petersen, 210 (vs Surrey)
LV County Championship Div.2 | The Kia Oval, London |
24-25 May 2011

Alviro Petersen at the Oval

Alviro finds life easy at the Kia Oval

For part five, it’s back to the skipper and it’s once again at the expense of Surrey. A month after the reverse fixture in Cardiff, the prospect of following on was not an issue on this occasion, with Glamorgan winning the toss and electing to bat at the Kia Oval. When in Rome, dear boy, when in Rome…

And what we have here is arguably the juiciest innings of the season for Glammy, with Alviro Petersen putting in a fine shift. It had started rather strangely; Alviro had done little when Gareth Rees was out for 25 off 21 deliveries; the score 28/1. Then, with Will Bragg and Mike Powell, the skipper’s tally began to climb.

A 225-run partnership for the third wicket with the latter, who was later bowled for an agonising 99, was pretty much evenly shared. A 17-run partnership for the fourth wicket was all Petersen’s doing, with Ben Wright lasting 23 balls before he returned to the hutch without scoring. It is unclear if a cup of tea awaited him.

Where Zander de Bruyn and Tom Maynard had failed to push on the Swalec just a few weeks before, Petersen took his innings into a second day before departing. In the second innings, Glammy declared on 259/4 in a bid to force a win, but the skipper did not come out to bat – and still came away as the match’s top scorer.

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