Glamorgan stage stunning turnaround
A 10th-wicket partnership between Dean Cosker and Huw Waters sparked a dramatic Glamorgan recovery on the second day of their LV= County Championship Division Two clash against Gloucestershire at Swansea.
After resuming the day in real trouble at 64 for six, Cosker and Waters added 83 runs to take Glamorgan to 208 all out.
In reply Gloucestershire struggled and finished on 91 for seven, 117 runs adrift on first innings.
Glamorgan had the better of the opening exchanges following a 45-minute delay to the start because of heavy morning rain.
Ben Wright and Robert Croft, the seventh-wicket pair, took their side to 99 for six before seamer Ian Saxelby broke through, trapping Croft lbw with a ball that appeared to keep low.
Just as on day one, Rob Nicol’s part-time off-spin proved profitable at times. In his first over the New Zealander tempted John Glover into an attempted cut and had the batsman caught behind.
Yet Cosker and Waters, who came together at 125 for nine, transformed their side’s fortunes putting on 51 in 11 overs up to lunch.
Although the pair did a fine rearguard job for their side, Gloucestershire’s spin attack of Nicol, Jack Taylor and one over of slow left-arm from Chris Dent was hardly threatening.
Captain Alex Gidman turned to the seamers after the interval, but Glamorgan still managed to gain a bowling point when Cosker straight-drove Saxelby for four.
He was left stranded one short of his half-century when Nicol bowled Waters for 39 to finish with figures of 4-53.
Glamorgan’s productive day continued as they took regular Gloucestershire wickets, with the visitors finding themselves 28 for two at tea and 37 for four shortly afterwards.
Waters had Dent well caught at second slip by Stewart Walters and Nicol drove straight to Marcus North at short extra-cover.
Dan Housego was then bowled through the gate by Jim Allenby, and three overs later Cosker took a return catch off Gidman’s leading edge.
It was 42 for five when Croft struck in his third over to have Benny Howell caught at short-leg by Walters.
In his next over Croft had Richard Coughtrie caught in similar fashion to Howell, leaving the visitors on 42 for six.
Ian Cockbain and Jack Taylor seemed to have engineered a recovery, putting on 41 for the seventh wicket before Allenby had Taylor caught behind 19 minutes before the close.
Hamish Marshall did not come in until number nine because of illness and was unbeaten at stumps.