• Specsavers County Championship 3m

    Glamorgan claim first Champ win in thrilling finale

    In an exciting finish at Swansea, Glamorgan won their first Championship game of the season with three balls remaining thanks to a heroic century by opener Nick Selman

    In an exciting finish at Swansea, Glamorgan won their first Championship game of the season with three balls remaining. They were indebted to opener Nick Selman, who batted throughout the innings for his 116 from 129 balls, with twelve fours and three sixes - the last two coming from the first two balls of the final over.


    Durham added a further 118 runs in the morning session, although Paul Collingwood would have probably batted on after lunch had 16 overs not been lost to rain. The Durham captain was undefeated on 92, and another eight runs would have seen him become the only Durham player to have twice scored centuries in the same game.

    Resuming on 158 for 3, Collingwood and Graham Clark shared a 102 run partnership for the fourth wicket before Clark, who struck a career-best 75, feathered one from Michael Hogan to the wicketkeeper. Ryan Pringle then added a further 81, before three wickets fell for twenty-six runs. Pringle hooked Hogan to fine leg, Paul Coughlin skied Andrew Salter to mid-on, then Stuart Poynter, attempting to sweep Salter’s off-spin, was well caught by wicketkeeper Chris Cooke from a bottom edge.

    Glamorgan, who needed to score at 5.2 runs an over, made a cautious start. The openers, Jacques Rudolph and Nick Selman, had reached 37 before Rudolph, in the final over before tea, was caught at leg slip attempting to reverse sweep George Harding.

    Glamorgan required a further 227 from the final 35.3 overs of the game and made their intentions clear by promoting Andrew Salter to number three, who top scored with 75 in the first innings with three sixes. However, Salter faced 15 balls before scoring his first run, before twice driving Coughlin to the extra cover boundary, but was out shortly afterwards- leg before to Ryan Pringle’s third ball.

    Aneurin Donald and David Lloyd were also promoted ahead of Colin Ingram, who had scored five centuries in all competitions this season, with Donald striking 28 from 17 balls with six fours before he was caught off Harding. The left-arm spinner, making his Championship debut, struck again in the following over, when Lloyd gave him a return catch.

    With 20 overs remaining, Glamorgan needed 157 to win, and much depended on Ingram if they were to reach their target. He quickly went about attacking Harding, who was struck out of the ground over mid-wicket, while Selman reached his fifty from 89 balls.

    Selman and Ingram had put on 73 in 10.3 overs, before Ingram, who made 42 from 31 balls, with 2 sixes and five fours, was caught behind off Pringle. But Cooke kept Glamorgan interested by striking both spinners for six in successive overs - the second disappearing in the direction of Swansea Bay. With 44 required from 30 balls, Coughlin returned and with his fourth ball had Cooke caught at midwicket.

    Will Bragg soon came and went, and with two overs left, Glamorgan had much to do to score 24 runs from 12 balls, with eight fielders posted on the boundary. Selman reached his second century of the season from 124 deliveries, and with 14 needed from the last over, Selman drove Coughlin into the sightscreen. He then hit the second ball over the square leg boundary, with the third pushed for two to win the game.

    Glamorgan's Nick Selman said: "My role at the start of the innings is to get through the new ball and to set it up for the others, and it worked perfectly. We also rotated the batting order, keeping  the left handers Ingram and Bragg back, so that the right handers could cope better with the spinners.

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