Fixture Type: LV= CC 2
Venue: New Road
Fixture Date: Thursday 20 June – Sunday 23 June
Start Time: 11:00am
Results: Won by 8 wickets
WORCESTERSHIRE v GLAMORGAN REPORT
Matt Pardoe’s maiden first-class hundred and Moeen Ali’s second Championship century of the season led Worcestershire into a strong position after the first day’s play against Glamorgan at New Road as they ended on 322-3.
Worcestershire, who were put into bat under overhead but muggy conditions, made three changes from their previous match at Northampton as Tom Fell, making his Championship debut, Ben Cox and Joe Leach replaced Aneesh Kapil, Michael Johnson and Gareth Andrew.
Despite losing the early wicket of Daryl Mitchell, trapped lbw off Michael Hogan for 2, with the score on 12, Glamorgan were unable to generate much movement with the new ball as both Pardoe and Ali batted through the rest of the morning session, with the home side on 89-1 at lunch.
They then added a further 84 runs, taking the score to 173-1, before bad light brought an early tea at 3:20pm and then after tea Ali went to his hundred, taking a quick single off Marcus North, from 168 balls followed by Pardoe, who brought up his century off 234 balls by slog-sweeping North for six into the building works and, next ball, a more conventional sweep for four to deep mid-wicket.
Although Pardoe edged his next ball to Jim Allenby at first slip off Dean Cosker it was still a wonderful innings of 102 off 235 balls, with 13 fours and 2 sixes, as the second wicket partnership put on 219, Worcestershire’s first double-century partnership since 2010.
Ali and Tilan Samaraweera then took Worcestershire past 300 and had added 90 runs for the third wicket until Samaraweera, in the penultimate over, was out for 38 when he was caught brilliantly by Ben Wright, diving to his left at point, off Allenby.
Ali and nightwatchman Jack Shantry then survived the remaining 11 balls, with Ali unbeaten on 155 off 239 balls, with 17 fours.
Moeen Ali's first double-century in first-class cricket took Worcestershire, who declared on 505-7, into a dominant position after the second day against Glamorgan at New Road, with the visitors trailing by 341 runs.
Worcestershire resumed on 322-3 and Ali, who went past his previous highest score of 158 with his 18th four, and nightwatchman Jack Shantry added a further 69 runs until Shantry returned a full toss back to Dean Cosker for 32, with the score on 391. Then two more wickets quickly followed as Alexei Kervezee (3) drove straight to Murray Goodwin at cover off Mike Reed and Tom Fell was trapped lbw, first ball, for 0 off Cosker to leave Worcestershire on 397-6.
But any signs of a collapse were extinguished as Ali and Ben Cox put on 101 for the seventh wicket, with Ali getting to his 200, with a six off Cosker over deep extra-cover, off 316 balls and then reaching his 250 off 366 balls before he was caught at long-off by Reed off Cosker to end a magnificent innings of 250 off 367 balls, with 26 fours and 2 sixes, which saw Ali become the fourth Worcestershire player, after Graeme Hick, Glenn Turner and Don Kenyon, to score 250 or more for the County at New Road in first-class cricket.
Cox scored 8 fours in his unbeaten knock of 40 and with Joe Leach (6*) taking the home side past 500 Worcestershire declared on 505-7 off 138 overs.
Glamorgan lost two wickets in the 20 overs before tea as Will Bragg (5) edged behind to Cox off Alan Richardson and Stewart Walters (6) was caught at short mid-wicket by Matt Pardoe off Shantry to leave the visitors on 44-2 at tea.
Then after tea Ben Wright (27) was bowled by Shantry (2-42 off 14 overs), Murray Goodwin (11) was caught behind by Cox off Richardson (2-49 off 18 overs) and when Marcus North (36) was bowled by Chris Russell (1-46 off 14 overs) Glamorgan were in a lot of trouble at 98-5, trailing by 407 runs.
But Jim Allenby and captain Mark Wallace steadied the ship for the visitors by adding a further 66 runs in the last hour, with Allenby unbeaten on 56 off 72 balls, as the visitors ended the day on 164-5.
Worcestershire had another good day at New Road as Glamorgan were forced to follow-on and at the end of the third day were 28 runs short of avoiding an innings defeat.
Glamorgan started the day on 164-5 and Jim Allenby and Mark Wallace continued to frustrate Worcestershire as they took their sixth-wicket stand to 114 but the breakthrough finally came when Allenby was trapped lbw by Joe Leach for 82 off 107 balls, with 12 fours. Then two more lbws were awarded as Alan Richardson accounted for Dean Cosker (4) and Leach took the wicket of Will Owen (5) to leave the visitors on 222-8.
Mark Wallace and Michael Hogan both resisted by adding a quick 46 runs inside 7 overs before Jack Shantry mopped up the innings by getting Wallace (43) to edge behind to Ben Cox and Hogan (37) to edge to Daryl Mitchell at first slip to dismiss Glamorgan for 277, with Shantry finishing with figures of 4-65 off 18 overs, Richardson taking 3-74 off 25 overs, Leach ending up with 2-36 off 11 overs and Russell with 1-66 off 16 overs.
Worcestershire enforced the follow-on and when Glamorgan started their second innings, 228 runs behind, after lunch it didn’t get off to a good start as Will Bragg (1) drove straight to Alexei Kervezee at point off Russell. After a brief rain delay the second wicket arrived when Stewart Walters (9) was lbw to Richardson and when Marcus North (6) got a leading edge off Moeen Ali and was caught by Tilan Samaraweera at short extra cover Glamorgan were 66-3, trailing by 162 runs.
The rain then returned, which led to tea being taken and eventually the loss of 11 overs when play resumed, and Shantry soon took the fourth wicket when Murray Goodwin (1) was brilliantly caught by Ali, who took a great left-handed catch at short mid-wicket.
Despite Allenby, on 1, being dropped by Ali at first slip, Shantry (4-67 off 19 overs) took 3 more wickets as he got Ben Wright (63) to edge to Mitchell in the slips, had Wallace lbw for 11 and when Cosker (13) was caught by Kervezee Glamorgan were on the brink at 129-7, trailing by 99 runs.
But Worcestershire were unable to take any more wickets as Allenby (53*) and Will Owen (34*) put on an unbroken 71 for the eighth wicket and Glamorgan ended the day on 200-7.
Worcestershire secured their third LV= County Championship win of the season with an eight wicket victory against Glamorgan at New Road.
Glamorgan started the day on 200-7, trailing by 28 runs, and Jim Allenby and Will Owen added a further 11 runs until Owen was bowled by Alan Richardson (2-37 off 22 overs) for 40 to end an eighth wicket partnership of 82.
Then Michael Hogan ensured that Worcestershire would bat again by smashing 9 fours before he was bowled by Joe Leach (1-53 off 13 overs) for 46 off just 32 balls and when Mike Reed edged behind to Ben Cox off Chris Russell (2-72 off 14.1 overs) for 4 Glamorgan were all out for 278, with Allenby unbeaten on 74 off 92 balls, with 8 fours and 1 six.
Worcestershire required just 51 runs to win and although the rain brought an early lunch, with the score on 20-0, Daryl Mitchell struck four fours before he chased a ball from Mike Reed and was caught by Stewart Walters at second slip for 22 and then Matt Pardoe drove straight to Owen at mid-on off Marcus North for 12, with the score on 46-2.
But Moeen Ali hit the winning boundary with a straight drive to seal the victory for Worcestershire and put them into third place in the Division Two table.
WORCESTERSHIRE (505-7d & 51-2) BEAT GLAMORGAN (277 & 278) BY 8 WICKETS
Worcestershire Team: Daryl Mitchell*, Matt Pardoe, Moeen Ali, Tilan Samaraweera, Alexei Kervezee, Tom Fell, Ben Cox+, Joe Leach, Jack Shantry, Chris Russell, Alan Richardson