Glamorgan come up short
Glamorgan’s hopes of promotion in the LV= County Championship were dashed on the final day at the SWALEC Stadium, first by Worcestershire’s win at New Road and then by their failure to bowl Derbyshire out in a contrived finish.
The Welsh county’s match had been heading for a tame draw but when it became obvious that promotion rivals Worcestershire were going to beat Sussex, Glamorgan did a deal to set up a contest.
At 92 without loss in their second innings, the hosts were fed 177 runs in only 17.2 overs before they declared on 269 for three to leave Derbyshire needing 160 in 38 overs.
Although Glamorgan reduced the bottom county to 63 for five in the 22nd over, they failed to run through tail and when the players shook hands Derbyshire were 123 for five with sixth-wicket pair Dan Redfern and Robin Peterson having added 60 in 19 overs.
James Harris broke through twice in three overs to remove Wayne Madsen and Chesney Hughes, before Chris Rogers was bowled trying to leave a ball from Jim Allenby.
From 33 for three, Derbyshire lost two more wickets to Dean Cosker with Wes Durston and Greg Smith both going leg before wicket.
Having held second place with a 22-point lead over Worcestershire going in the final two games, Glamorgan eventually finished five points behind the promotion places.
They had started the day 68 behind Derbyshire in the first innings with little prospect of a positive result at that stage. But Glamorgan knew they could still afford to draw and even lose if Worcestershire did not manage to beat Sussex.
Welshman Steffan Jones and wicketkeeper Tom Poynton continued to frustrate Glamorgan as they brought up a half-century stand for the ninth wicket after resuming on 234 for eight.
But the partnership of 70 was ended when Jones was trapped lbw by Cosker to become the slow left-armer's 50th first-class victim of the summer, the first time Cosker has achieved the feat.
That gave Glamorgan a third bowling point, and Cosker wrapped up the innings when he trapped Poynton lbw to bring up his first five-wicket haul of the season.
It left Derbyshire 276 all out, giving them a first-innings lead of 110.
Glamorgan took lunch on 53 for no wicket and seamlessly moved to 92 when both sides agreed to decide to try to contrive a result, which saw Madsen and Poynton coming on to bowl gentle spinners.
But the hosts did lose three wickets in the pursuit of quick runs with Mark Cosgrove pulling Poynton straight to Hughes at midwicket, Ben Wright driving straight to Robin Peterson and Tom Maynard caught.
Gareth Rees reached his century and celebrated it in slightly embarrassed fashion before Glamorgan declared, having scored 177 in quick time.