Hampshire edge out winless Glamorgan
Kabir Ali and James Tomlinson took three wickets apiece as Hampshire narrowly overcame Glamorgan in a thrilling LV= County Championship Division Two clash at the Ageas Bowl.
Kabir took 3-42 and Tomlinson 3-45 to deny the visitors their first win of the season and seal a 31-run success for Hampshire.
Glamorgan started the day needing a further 210 runs to win on 53 for two and, with Australian Marcus North hitting a solid 69 off 102 balls, looked more than capable.
They were 212 for six at one point and required just 50 more runs on a sunny day with good batting conditions. But the last four wickets went down for just 19 to end their hopes.
Glamorgan got off to a bad start with opener Gareth Rees, on 21, being trapped leg before by Tomlinson, after which North steadied the innings, hitting 11 fours on the way to a brilliant 69.
He and Ben Wright put on a fifth-wicket stand of 60 before North was bowled by David Balcombe.
All-rounder Jim Allenby joined Wright and tried to steady the ship, only for his partner to be caught by the impressive Liam Dawson off Balcombe.
It looked to be same old story for Glamorgan as another wicket fell without addition; wicketkeeper Matthew Bates took a good catch as Allenby fell to Tomlinson for 23.
Yet John Glover and Mark Wallace put on 44, pushing without-a-win Glamorgan into a good position going into the afternoon session.
That was until Glover fell to Dawson, with Wallace following almost immediately after when Simon Katich took an excellent catch off Kabir.
It looked bad for Glamorgan and soon Wallace was being joined back in the pavilion by Dean Cosker, who had not troubled the scorers.
Last man Michael Reed could not see Glamorgan home, going for four, James Vince taking the catch from Kabir’s brilliant bowling.