Fixture Type: LV= CC 2
Venue: SWALEC Stadium
Fixture Date: Wednesday 17 April – Saturday 20 April
Start Time: 11:00am
Results: Lost by 10 wickets
Worcestershire endured a difficult opening day at the SWALEC Stadium as they were bowled out for 123 against Glamorgan.
The visitors, who named an unchanged team, were put into bat under dull and gloomy skies and the first wicket fell, with the score on 13 in the 7th over, when Matt Pardoe (11) was caught by Ben Wright at leg-slip, playing a leg glance, off Michael Hogan.
Daryl Mitchell and Moeen Ali added 42 for the second wicket until Mitchell (20) was caught by Stewart Walters at second slip off Michael Reed and it soon became 56-3 when Tilan Samaraweera (0) was lbw to Hogan. Worse was to follow for Worcestershire before lunch as Ali (20) was also caught by Wright at leg-slip off Hogan and Alexei Kervezee (2) was trapped lbw by Reed as the visitors reached lunch on 59-5.
In the afternoon session Worcestershire added 10 more runs until Michael Johnson (5) was bowled by a Reed yorker and then the seventh wicket fell on 85 when Neil Pinner (12) was bowled by Jim Allenby. Gareth Andrew and David Lucas then took the visitors to three figures but eventually the eighth wicket fell on 102 when Andrew (9) was bowled by Hogan, who took 4-33 off 19 overs.
In the next over Lucas (12) was caught by Dean Cosker at backward point off Reed and then Chris Russell and Alan Richardson (9*) added 21 runs for the last wicket until Russell (10) was bowled by Reed, who had figures of 5-27 off 15.1 overs, and Worcestershire were all out for 123 off 63.1 overs.
After tea Glamorgan were 0-0 off 2.1 overs when the umpires, Peter Willey and Neil Bainton, took the players off the field for bad light, which didn't improve, and play was abandoned for the day at 5:45pm.
Director of Cricket Steve Rhodes spoke to BBC Hereford & Worcester's Dave Bradley after the first day's play. Please click here to listen to the interview.
On the second day of Worcestershire's LV= County Championship Division Two match against Glamorgan at the SWALEC Stadium the home side ended the day on 235-7, a lead of 112 runs.
Play began on time under dry but blustery conditions but after 30 minutes of play the players were off the field for rain, which led to a loss of 10 overs when play resumed at 12:30pm. Then in the 30 minutes play before lunch Worcestershire got the breakthrough when Will Bragg (17) was bowled by Gareth Andrew, with the score on 22-1 in the 12th over.
At lunch the home side were 36-1 and then in the afternoon session the visitors didn't take long in taking the second wicket when Stewart Walters (11) was trapped lbw off Andrew, with the score on 44-2 in the 18th over. Ben Wright and Marcus North added 59 runs for the third wicket before Alan Richardson got Wright (40) to edge behind to Michael Johnson and it soon became 114-4 when Murray Goodwin (1) was caught by Neil Pinner at point off David Lucas.
Glamorgan went into the lead before tea, which was taken with the score on 134-4, and then in the evening session Richardson took his second wicket when North (48) was lbw, with the score on 143-5 in the 59th over. Then the match was certainly in the balance at 152-6 when Mark Wallace (1) edged behind to Johnson off Andrew.
Jim Allenby and Graham Wagg though had other ideas as their seventh wicket stand consolidated the good platform created by their bowlers from the first day. Allenby went to his 50 off 94 balls, with 8 fours, as the partnership had put on 63 before Wagg (24), top-edging a pull off Richardson with the first delivery of the new ball, was caught by Lucas, running in from long-leg, with the score on 215-7 in the 81st over.
Then Allenby, before the close, was dropped by Moeen Ali at slip as Glamorgan reached 235-7 off 89 overs at stumps, with Allenby unbeaten on 71. For Worcestershire the wickets were taken by Andrew (3-43 off 22 overs), Richardson (3-54 off 27 overs) and Lucas (1-40 off 15 overs).
Bowling Coach Matt Mason spoke to BBC Hereford & Worcester's Dave Bradley after the second day's play. Please click here to listen to the interview.
On the third day at the SWALEC Stadium Worcestershire closed on 186-5 in their second innings, leading Glamorgan by 14 runs.
Play began on time, with Glamorgan on 235-7, and the home side added nine runs before a shower stopped play for over 10 minutes. But when play resumed the eighth wicket partnership eventually ended on 41 when Jim Allenby, 78 off 162 balls, with 9 fours, edged Gareth Andrew to Daryl Mitchell at second slip.
Three balls later Michael Hogan (1) mistimed a Chris Russell short ball onto his stumps, with the score on 259-9, and then a frustrating final wicket partnership reached 36, with Dean Cosker unbeaten on 44, until Michael Reed (15) was bowled by a Russell yorker and the home side were all out for 295 off 108.4 overs.
Andrew was the leading wicket-taker, with 4-79 off 32 overs, with the other wickets taken by Alan Richardson (3-62 off 33 overs), Russell (2-74 off 20.4 overs) and David Lucas (1-40 off 15 overs).
Trailing by 172 runs Worcestershire had to bat for 10 minutes before lunch but in the fourth ball of the innings Matt Pardoe, shouldering arms, was bowled by Graham Wagg for 1.
After lunch Mitchell and Moeen Ali had put on 49 for the second wicket until Mitchell was well caught by Will Bragg, diving to his right at mid-wicket, off Allenby for 10, with the score on 50-2, and then Ali and Tilan Samaraweera added a further 47 runs for the third wicket, with Ali getting to his 50 off 95 balls, until Ali departed in the final ball before tea when he played on to Bragg for 55 off 117 balls, with 9 fours.
After tea Bragg took his second wicket in the over when Alexei Kervezee (0) edged to Allenby at slip to reduce the visitors to 97-4 in the 42nd over, still trailing by 75 runs, and then on 138 Worcestershire lost their fifth wicket when Neil Pinner was adjudged lbw off Hogan for 13.
Samaraweera then reached his 50 off 105 balls and along with Michael Johnson Worcestershire went into the lead before the close, with the visitors on 186-5 off 74 overs, with Samaraweera on 71 and Johnson on 17.
Worcestershire were soundly beaten by ten wickets against Glamorgan, before lunch, on the final day of the LV= County Championship Division Two match at the SWALEC Stadium.
Resuming on 186-5 Worcestershire added 9 more runs before Tilan Samaraweera was caught and bowled by Michael Hogan for 79 off 168 balls, with 11 fours.
Michael Johnson departed in the next over when he edged Jim Allenby to Marcus North at first slip for 18 and then Allenby took the wickets of both David Lucas, bowled for 0, and Chris Russell, lbw for 2, after the new ball was taken, to leave the visitors on 199-9, a lead of just 27 runs.
Gareth Andrew then struck two fours but when he miscued a Hogan delivery to North at mid-off for 10 Worcestershire were all out for 207 off 84.1 overs.
Glamorgan required just 36 runs to win and their openers Ben Wright (30*) and Will Bragg (3*) took the home side to victory in 9.1 overs to secure their first Championship win over Worcestershire at Cardiff in 42 years.
Worcestershire Team: Daryl Mitchell*, Matt Pardoe, Moeen Ali, Tilan Samaraweera, Alexei Kervezee, Neil Pinner, Michael Johnson+, Gareth Andrew, David Lucas, Chris Russell, Alan Richardson
GLAMORGAN (295 & 36-0) BEAT WORCESTERSHIRE (123 & 207) BY 10 WICKETS