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Determined Unicorns claim first win

Wes Durston & Keith Parsons

Ex-Somerset players Wes Durston and Keith Parsons both played their part as the Unicorns won for the first time in the Clydesdale Bank 40

Half-centuries by captain Keith Parsons and Josh Knappett set up a memorable 58-run Clydesdale Bank 40 victory for the Unicorns over Glamorgan at Dene Park in Bournemouth.

It was the recreational XI’s first victory in the competition at their fourth attempt as a good all-round effort sent the Welsh county to an embarrassing defeat.

The county side were bowled out for just 173 with five overs remaining in reply to the Unicorns’ 231 for eight, which came after Glamorgan captain Jamie Dalrymple put them in to bat.

It leaves Glamorgan, who rested seamers James Harris and David Harrison, with just one win in the competition.

Mark Cosgrove’s quickfire half-century suggested the Dragons might make light work of their chase as they reached 72 for one after just nine overs, but the rest of their batting was abysmal.

The mainstay of the Unicorns’ innings was the 126 Parsons and wicketkeeper Knappett added in 24 overs.

That was after they were reduced to 56 for three in the 10th, losing three wickets in the space of four overs after opener Jackson Thompson plundered 36 off just 23 balls with a series of pulls and drives.

But Will Owen had Thompson caught at backward square-leg by Cosgrove in the sixth over with the score on 42.

Parsons reached his fifty from 52 balls before he was dropped on 57 by Ben Wright off David Brown, while Knappett struck 65 from 78 balls.

Owen completed his five-wicket haul on debut by having Neil Hancock caught by Cosgrove at square-leg, and Parsons went lbw in the penultimate over for 89.

Glamorgan’s early reply was dominated by Cosgrove’s blistering 66 out of 79 for three.

The Australian’s half-century came up off only 25 balls and 28 minutes – 46 of his first 50 runs came in boundaries, with 10 fours and a huge six over long-on.

But Glamorgan, who had lost Jim Allenby in only the second over, saw three further wickets fall in quick succession as the Unicorns began to sniff the possibility of victory.

It did not help the county that Cosgrove’s destructive innings was ended when he was stumped off a Glen Querl wide.

After that, Glamorgan’s run-rate went down dramatically as Chris Peploe, the former Middlesex bowler, produced figures of 2-23 off eight overs.

Glamorgan’s poor batting display continued as they slipped from 121 for four to 128 for seven in the space of two overs.

Wright lobbed a catch to midwicket off Wes Durston, Dalrymple, Mark Wallace and Owen were all run out and Brown holed out to long-off as Glamorgan subsided to a heavy defeat.