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Robert Croft

Robert Croft's superb all-round efforts played a huge role in Glamorgan's win

Glamorgan celebrated their first LV= County Championship Division Two victory of the season with a comprehensive innings-and-72-run win over Leicestershire at Colwyn Bay.

Leicestershire resumed on the final day on the north Wales coast on 77 for two in their second innings needing 176 more runs to make the home side bat again.

But the match was all but over by lunch as Leicestershire crumbled to 170 for nine having slumped from 163 for four to 166 for nine in only 3.4 overs.

Leicestershire were eventually all out 20 minutes after lunch with 54 overs of the match remaining.

The main damage was done by Adam Shantry and Robert Croft, the previous day’s centurions.

Much had depended on Leicestershire’s third-wicket pair of Boeta Dippenaar and HD Ackerman if they were to save the contest.

But Shantry trapped Ackerman leg before with the 11th ball of the day to begin Glamorgan’s march to victory.

Shantry broke through six overs later and was helped by a brilliant leg-side stumping from Mark Wallace which accounted for James Taylor, who slid out of his crease.

Dippenaar and Tom New looked to have recovered the situation somewhat in a 67-run stand but that was before Croft came into the attack and took two wickets in three balls 20 minutes before lunch.

First he trapped New lbw before Jacques Du Toit was caught at slip by Jamie Dalrymple, who dived athletically to his right.

The collapse was well set and compounded when Claude Henderson was run out by Wallace after being sent back having attempted a second run.

The match was all but over when Dean Cosker had Nathan Buck leg before then Croft claimed a third victim when Dippenaar edged a second catch to Dalrymple at slip for 57.

Leicestershire managed to survive until lunch but were all out in the eighth over after the interval when Cosker bowled Harry Gurney through the gate to complete the visitors’ demise.

It was Glamorgan’s first Championship win since they beat Leicestershire at Cardiff by 10 wickets last September.

Glamorgan, who were without their South African duo Herschelle Gibbs and Garnett Kruger and fielded an all England-qualified team, took 21 points from the contest to Leicestershire’s five.

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