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Time a healer for Wallace

There can be few sportsmen who have taken defeat harder than Glamorgan captain Mark Wallace after the Yorkshire Bank 40 final versus Notts Outlaws.

The 31-year-old described himself as distraught after the Welsh county’s surprise run to Lord’s ultimately ended in disappointment.

A couple of weeks on, though, Wallace is able to reflect on a positive season, in which Glamorgan surpassed all expectations by ending that competition as runners-up.

“Obviously, it was very disappointing to lose the final, especially when we had such great support,” he told ecb.co.uk.

“But when you look back, getting to the final when nobody expected us to is something we can be proud of.”

Glamorgan’s achievement is perhaps all the more notable given it came in the fiercely competitive 40-over competition.

Indeed, the three-group format which leads straight into a semi-final means merely progressing is a notable feat.

Wallace’s men did so in a tricky pool before claiming the scalp of one-day specialists and defending champions Hampshire in the last four.

“It’s a real tough one with it going straight into the semi-finals,” he added. “You cannot really slip up at all through the season.

“To get through to the semis, you really have to have a sustained period of good performance throughout the year.

“The fact we managed to do that is an achievement in itself. And then we went into the semi-final without too many people giving us a chance and had a good win. It’s just a shame we could not finish it off in the final.”

While he clearly looks back upon the YB40 campaign with mixed emotions, there is little doubt about his feeling towards Glamorgan’s LV= County Championship campaign.

Speaking about his side’s eighth-place finish, Wallace admitted: “Heading into the season, people would have perhaps thought we were more suited to have success in the championship.

“But there were a few games where the weather hit us when we were on top and a couple where we just could not quite finish teams off.

“Our position in the table probably didn’t do the start to the season that we had justice. But over the season you finish where you deserve to.

“Even though we did well in the YB40, we are still very disappointed with where we finished in the championship."

Having started with a draw against Northamptonshire followed by a win over Worcestershire, Glamorgan somehow snatched defeat from the jaws of victory versus Lancashire.

Chasing just 154, Glamorgan were dismissed for 139 to deny them what would have been a crucial triumph against the eventual Division Two champions.

The Red Rose’s success that day has been regularly referred to as a turning point in their season and Wallace feels it had the adverse impact on his side.

“It was a massive game, one of those where you sort of knew it at the time,” he admitted. “I thought it might come back to haunt us and it did throughout the year.

“It was actually a really good game of cricket but cricket has a funny way. If we had of won that, it would have been two out of the first three having beaten the title favourites. Who knows what would have happened from there?

“But Lancashire were the best side in the competition and that’s why they deservedly won the league.”

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