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Hogan halts Gidman charge

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Rain and a defiant last-wicket stand combined to thwart Gloucestershire's victory bid on the final day of their LV= County Championship Division Two clash against Glamorgan at the SWALEC Stadium.

The visitors appeared poised to snatch an last-gasp win, despite the weather, as Glamorgan slipped to 126 for nine with Will Gidman cutting a swathe through the middle and lower order on his way to figures of 6-50.

At that point Glamorgan led by only 40 with just enough time left in the game for Gloucestershire to push on for the win.

But a defiant 20-run last-wicket stand between Michael Hogan and Dean Cosker held the visitors’ charge back for long enough to see out the day and ensure Glamorgan escaped with a draw.

The weather allowed just 30 overs of play on the final day, with an hour possible before lunch following a noon start.

That was enough time for Glamorgan, who resumed precariously placed on 80 for three, to lose three more wickets and fall into deeper trouble.

The impressive Gidman struck an early blow, bowling Murray Goodwin for 32, and the score was still on 90 when Jim Allenby followed for a duck.

Allenby edged Gidman to his brother Alex at first slip before slow left-armer Tom Smith captured the key wicket of Will Bragg.

Bragg had moved to 43 as the lynchpin of Glamorgan's innings, but when he was caught down the leg side by wicketkeeper Cameron Herring, it left skipper Mark Wallace and Graham Wagg to avoid further damage.

After lunch the rain reprieved them until 4.45pm - with the score on 118 for six - before umpires Martin Bodenham and Nigel Llong eventually decided that play could resume.

Glamorgan were soon sweating again as Will Gidman found himself on a hat-trick.

Wagg made just one before he was caught by Michael Klinger, then the right-armer struck again with his next delivery as Ruaidhri Smith edged to Herring.

Although he was denied a hat-trick by Cosker, Will Gidman then had Wallace caught by Herring for 15, leaving Glamorgan reeling on 126 for nine.

But Hogan then found himself in the unlikely position of dominating the scoring on his way to 19 not out – valuable runs that dragged the game out of Gloucestershire’s reach.

Cosker successfully shut up shop alongside the Australian seamer during almost eight overs of frustration for Gloucestershire's bowlers.

Gloucestershire, who were beaten by Hampshire in their opening championship match, took nine points from the game, with Glamorgan collecting eight to add to their haul from a thrilling victory at Surrey last time out.

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