Glamorgan Victorious

 

Nick Selman. © Huw Evans Agency

Glamorgan, in an exciting finish at Swansea, 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 Cooke from a bottom edge.

Glamorgan, who needed to score at 5.2 runs an over, made a cautious start and 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’s left arm spin.

Andrew Salter of Glamorgan plays a shot. © Huw Evans Agency

Glamorgan required a further 227 from the final 35.3 overs of the game, and made their intentions clear by promoting Andrew Salter, 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 Paul 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 instead 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 Glamorgan were to reach their target, and he quickly attacked 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 overs, before Ingram, who made 42 from 31 balls, with 2 sixes and five fours, was caught behind off Pringle, but Chris 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 balls, and with 14 needed from the last over, Selman drove Couhglin into the sightscreen, the second over the square leg boundary and the third pushed for two to win the game.

 

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