Croft milestone brightens damp day
Robert Croft created history by becoming the first Glamorgan player to achieve the 1,000-wicket, 10,000-run double in county cricket on the second day of their match against Leicestershire.
He becomes the ninth player in the post-war era to reach the landmark, joining Trevor Bailey, Tony Brown, Tom Cartwright, Ray Illingworth, Derek Morgan, John Mortimore, Peter Sainsbury and Fred Titmus.
Despite only 28.5 overs being possible because of rain Croft managed to get the one wicket he needed, after being stranded on 999 overnight, when he had Wayne White caught behind.
That wicket helped Glamorgan bowl Leicestershire out for 247 in their first innings. before reaching 45 without loss in their reply from 10.3 overs before more rain ended the day’s play with 4.3 overs remaining.
After rain washed out the morning session, Croft brought himself immediately into the attack when play resumed at 1.40pm.
However, it was James Harris who took the first wicket, removing Tom New thanks to a brilliant diving catch by wicketkeeper Mark Wallace.
Indeed Croft had to wait 25 minutes to bring up the milestone, having White caught down the leg side by Wallace.
That prompted the crowd to give a standing ovation as club president Peter Walker and Don Shepherd, the county’s leading wicket-taker, came on to the field with champagne to toast the achievement.
White’s wicket reduced Leicestershire to 242 for seven meaning the visitors had lost five wickets for the addition of 41 runs.
But 10 minutes rain later stopped play with Leicestershire having reached 244 for seven after 110 overs.
When play finally resumed, Leicestershire lost their remaining three wickets inside 4.3 overs as first Claude Henderson edged David Harrison to Jamie Dalrymple, before Dean Cosker mopped up the tail.
Leicestershire’s run rate of just 2.1 per over was put in to its full perspective as Glamorgan raced to 40 from the opening 10 overs with openers Mark Cosgrove and Gareth Rees looking well set.