Wallace adds shine to Glamorgan win

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Mark Wallace became Glamorgan’s first centurion of the first-class season as they beat Kent by an innings and eight runs with a day to spare of their LV= County Championship Division Two clash at the SWALEC Stadium.

The wicketkeeper hit 107 out of 434 all out - a first-innings lead of 192 - and in reply the visitors could only make 184 as they were bowled out in the penultimate over of the day.

Glamorgan, who had not beaten Kent at Cardiff in a championship game since 1967, took a maximum 24 points to Kent’s three.

At the start of the day Glamorgan had resumed on 366 for seven - a lead of 124 - and wicketkeeper Wallace soon scored the 10 he needed to pass 7,000 first-class runs for the hosts.

James Harris chipped in with his second successive fifty - the sixth of his career.

Wallace and Harris followed up their individual milestones by setting the record eighth-wicket partnership for Glamorgan against Kent, passing the 116-run stand between John Derrick and Rodney Ontong at Cardiff in 1988. 

Wallace hit James Tredwell for a straight six before pushing the single which brought up the 400 - the first time the county had secured maximum batting bonus points for 15 matches.

Rain caused the loss of 28 overs either side of lunch, and when play resumed at 2.40pm Harris soon fell to give Neil Saker his fifth wicket and end a superb stand of 169.

But the gloveman continued unperturbed and duly went to his hundred from 169 balls with seven fours and two sixes in two minutes short of four hours.

He eventually departed after being trapped in front by Tredwell, with Will Owen the last man out just a few minutes later.

Kent began their second innings unconvincingly by sinking to 32 for three.

Seamer Harris trapped Sam Northeast lbw and Graham Wagg struck at the other end as Rob Key edged to Jim Allenby at first slip. Harris then had Geraint Jones leg before.

Mark Wallace

Mark Wallace's maiden first-class ton of Glamorgan's season set up an innings-and-eight-run-victory over Kent at the SWALEC Stadium. He hit 107 out of 434

At that stage Kent still had hope of taking the game into the fourth day but Owen snared two wickets in as many balls, trapping Martin van Jaarsveld in front and having Darren Stevens caught first ball at first slip.

Owen had James Goodman caught behind and Tredwell fell to Dean Cosker before Alex Blake and Matt Coles both scored half-centuries with some cavalier hitting.

However, wickets continued to fall regularly - Wagg had Blake caught behind for 51 and Cosker snared Saker - until Harris wrapped up Glamorgan’s second championship victory on 2011 by yorking Dewald Nel, leaving Coles unbeaten on 50.

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