Worcestershire got their Specsavers County Championship season off to the perfect start with a convincing eight wicket win against a Glamorgan side that has struggled so far in 2017. Nineteen-year-old Josh Tongue ensured the game wouldn't go past lunch on Day Three as he claimed a maiden five-wicket haul on his County Championship debut.
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Glamorgan resumed on 141 for 3 and made the worst possible start, when Colin Ingram, after adding only a single to his overnight score of 41 was caught by wicketkeeper Ben Cox from Joe Leach’s bowling. Chris Cooke soon followed, leg before to John Hastings, but Aneurin Donald was soon into his stride, twice striking Hastings for four, but lost his partner Kieran Carlson who edged to Cox after scoring 17.
After reaching his half century Donald was struck on the helmet by Tongue, but resumed only to be dismissed by the bowler for 57. There was little resistance from the tail and Glamorgan were dismissed for 223, leaving Worcestershire the simple task of scoring 28 to win.
Although they lost their openers Brett D’Oliveira (9) and Daryl Mitchell (1), a wicket apiece for Luke Carey and Michael Hogan, Tom Fell and Joe Clarke saw the visitors stroll to victory ten minutes after the scheduled lunch interval. A comprehensive win for Worcestershire by eight wickets, with Tongue again bowling well to take 5 for 45 and complete a hugely satisfactory debut.
Worcestershire coach Steve Rhodes said after the game: “I was really proud of the boys, it was a terrific effort. The toss was important, and we soon had them in trouble in helpful conditions. It was so good to see the young players such as Josh Tongue and Tom Kohler-Cadmore perform so well in the first game, and it bodes well for the remainder of the summer”.
Glamorgan coach Robert Croft said afterwards, ”It wasn't the start to the season we envisaged, but it’s where we find ourselves and we have to work our way out of this position. It was inevitable that our confidence got dented after we got hurt badly in the first innings at Northampton and the same thing happened here; cloudy conditions conducive to swing and seam. I am giving you reasons, some will say excuses, but once they batted the sun was out and the ball stopped swinging. But as a group we did not bowl as well as we can, and not as well as we aimed to bowl.”