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Dean Cosker, above, and Robert Croft took two wickets apiece today as Glamorgan wrapped up a nine-wicket win at Lord's

Glamorgan needed just one session and 43 minutes on day four to complete a nine-wicket victory in the LV= County Championship against Middlesex at Lord’s and move into second place in the Division Two table.

Spinners Dean Cosker and Robert Croft shared the four remaining Middlesex second-innings wickets between them to bowl the hosts out for 398, and the batsmen chased down a target of 27 for the loss of one wicket.

Resuming on 293 for six, still needing 79 runs to avoid an innings defeat, Middlesex's John Simpson and Toby Roland-Jones batted in determined fashion to take their seventh-wicket stand to 59.

However, Roland-Jones, who batted 70 minutes in all for his stubborn 26, was lbw to slow left-armer Cosker's arm ball.

Gareth Berg stayed for three quarters of an hour, helping Simpson at least to make sure Glamorgan would have to bat again, before he was lbw for 14 playing across the line to Croft.

The off-spinner trapped Tim Murtagh lbw with the second ball after lunch, and the Middlesex innings was wrapped up when Cosker, who ended with 3-80 from 40.3 overs, had Corey Collymore caught at mid-on.

Simpson finished 64 not out to cap a fine rearguard action by Middlesex that was built around centuries yesterday from Andrew Strauss and Chris Rogers.

Yet their poor first-innings effort, when they were bowled out for just 150, condemned them to defeat, their first of the season and against one of their likely rivals for promotion to Division One.

Middlesex took only one bonus point from the game, while Glamorgan collected a maximum 24 points for the second successive match following last week’s victory over Kent. They have won three of their six games and are now just four points behind leaders Northamptonshire.

Gareth Rees fell for a fourth-ball duck to Collymore early in Glamorgan's facile chase, but Alviro Petersen struck four fours in his 11-ball 23 not out, and the target was reached in just 4.3 overs.
 
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