Glamorgan thrash Leicestershire

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David Harrison ended with career-best match figures of 8-88 before Gareth Rees and Mark Cosgrove seized control

Glamorgan made it four wins in a row by completing a crushing 10-wicket LV= County Championship victory over Leicestershire with more than a day to spare at Grace Road.

After dismissing Leicestershire for the season's lowest score of 71 in their second innings, Glamorgan then added to the home side's embarrassment by reaching their victory target of 197 in 33.5 overs without losing a wicket.

Mark Cosgrove smashed a century off 104 balls and Gareth Rees hit an unbeaten 73 as the visitors clinched victory an hour before the tea interval.

It was an astonishing turnaround after 17 wickets fell on the second day, prompting a pitch panel to make a visit during lunch today. It cleared the surface, which was rated "above average" of any blame.

By then the visit was looking completely unnecessary with Glamorgan already 79 without loss off 18 overs, having earlier taken Leicestershire's last five wickets for 26 runs.

Leicestershire started the third day on 45 for five, but in a hapless performance only one batsman managed to reach double figures.

That was James Taylor, who was left stranded on 34 not out as wickets tumbled around him. The next highest scorer in the innings was Paul Nixon, who made nine.

Glamorgan's seamers, James Harris and David Harrison, did the damage. Harris claimed 4-34 while Harrison took 4-17 off 12 overs to give him career-best match figures of 8-88.

Leicestershire's total of 71 was their lowest in a championship game since they were bowled out for 69 by Worcestershire at New Road in 1997.

There were no signs of any pitch problems as Cosgrove and Rees flayed Leicestershire's bowlers to all parts, hitting 31 boundaries between them.

Cosgrove struck eight fours in his first 50 runs, reached his century of 104 balls having hit another nine fours, and then smashed the winning four through midwicket to finish on 113 not out off 111 balls.

Rees' 93-ball innings included 12 fours as Glamorgan completed a sensational recovery after being bowled out for 166 in their first innings to concede a lead of 125.

For shell-shocked Leicestershire it was a humiliating defeat, their fourth in a row in the championship after winning the first two games. It was Glamorgan's first victory at Grace Road since 1986.

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