Groundhog day for Cosgrove
Mark Cosgrove began his second spell as Glamorgan’s overseas player as he did his previous season for the Welsh county – with a superb hundred.
In the process the 24-year old also upstaged his fellow Australian left-hander, the new Test opener Phillip Hughes, who was denied an early chance to show what he could do on his own LV= County Championship debut by Middlesex captain Shaun Udal’s decision to bowl first.
Udal, misled by an initial tinge of green in a Lord’s pitch situated on the far Tavern side of the square, was left to squirm as the burly Cosgrove took charge after the early departure of Gareth Rees, fishing outside his off stump. Glamorgan finished the day on 351 for 6.
First in tandem with Ben Wright and then with Mike Powell, who made a fine half-century, Cosgrove batted with great responsibility to deny the Middlesex attack.
Alan Richardson was miserly but which soon lacked any real bite on a surface that was soon basking as happily as the crowd in warm sunshine and under clear blue skies.
In 2006, Cosgrove had marked his championship debut for Glamorgan by hitting 114 against Derbyshire at Cardiff. Here, his hundred took 161 balls and four hours of solid graft, and was completed just before tea to his own clear joy.
After playing three one-day internationals for Australia in 2006, twelve months after he was named as his country’s Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year, Cosgrove’s career has failed to kick on in recent years.
He still averages 40 in first-class cricket, though, and on this evidence may prove to be one of the shrewder signings of the season.
Popular at Glamorgan in his first season, he has settled back into the dressing room effortlessly, and could yet stay on beyond June, when Herschelle Gibbs is due to step into the county’s overseas player slot following the World Twenty20.
Cosgrove finally fell for 120 to the medium-pace of Neil Dexter, who was introduced almost as an afterthought by Udal and who soon added the wicket of Tom Maynard.
But any late Middlesex fightback was ruled out by Mark Wallace, with a breezy, as Glamorgan sailed past 300.