North points Glamorgan in right direction
Skipper Marcus North top-scored with 68 as Glamorgan opened their Yorkshire Bank 40 Group C campaign with a 28-run victory over Yorkshire Vikings at Colwyn Bay.
After winning the toss Glamorgan made 285 for seven, with Will Bragg and Chris Cooke also scoring half-centuries.
Yorkshire could only make 257 all out in reply, although that represented a decent effort after they had been reduced to one for two by Graham Wagg’s double-strike in the first over.
A partnership of 93 between Gary Ballance and Andrew Gale - together with Jonny Bairstow’s brisk 53 - gave the visitors hope, but Dean Cosker and Michael Hogan shared six wickets to underpin Glamorgan’s success, which was completed in the penultimate over.
Glamorgan chose to bat and reached 49 in quick time before Steven Patterson bowled Mark Wallace.
Bragg and Cooke showed further attacking intent, with the former bringing up a 48-delivery half-century only to be cleaned up by Richard Pyrah next ball.
The loss of Bragg did not deter Cooke, who brought up his own fifty from 46 balls. However, he too failed to kick on and was caught annd bowled by Patterson for 58.
The fourth-wicket partnership of North and Jim Allenby looked settled until Allenby holed out to long-on, giving Will Rhodes a wicket on debut.
North subsequently became the third Glamorgan batsman to reach 50 and added a further 18 before falling to a sharp return catch from Pyrah.
With Murray Goodwin adding 45 at a strike-rate of 161, the hosts were able to accelerate to a formidable total, despite Pyrah striking twice more - with successive balls - for figures of 4-43.
Yorkshire then lost Phil Jaques and Joe Root for ducks, forcing Gale and Ballance into a patient rebuilding act.
Seeking to up the ante, Ballance was stumped off Cosker’s first ball - a wide - but Bairstow quickly found fluency to keep Yorkshire in contention.
Glamorgan fought back again as Cosker trapped Gale lbw on the sweep and had Pyrah held on the boundary either side of Bairstow bringing up a 34-ball fifty.
Hogan then returned to the attack to pick up the key wicket of the England batsman and Adil Rashid’s unbeaten 42 was not enough to rescue the Vikings.