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Match Drawn

Glamorgan vs Gloucs

Tame draw in Cardiff

Gloucestershire take nine points from stalemate

Taylor: fell nine short of century

LV County Championship - Division Two
The SWALEC Stadium
Gloucestershire 400-7 dec (W T S Porterfield 93, C G Taylor 91, Kadeer Ali 61, H J H Marshall 53, M J North 52) v Glamorgan 108-2 dec (D L Hemp 53 no)
Glamorgan (6pts) drew with Gloucestershire (9pts)

Glamorgan and Gloucestershire played out a tame draw on the final day of their rain-ruined LV County Championship Division Two fixture at Cardiff.

With the respective captains opting not to set up a contrived run chase, Gloucestershire instead collected all five batting bonus points by piling up 400-7 declared in their first innings.

Having resumed at 223-2, Chris Taylor's 91 ensured the visitors had little trouble in achieving their aim.

Glamorgan reached 108-2 in reply before captain David Hemp, who was 53 not out at the time, declared to bring a premature end to proceedings at 4.50pm.

Gloucestershire return home with nine points for their efforts, although they remain bottom of the Division Two standings.

Day three

Will Porterfield struck a patient 93 as the LV County Championship clash between Gloucestershire and Glamorgan finally got underway on day three.

After two days of relentless rain in Wales, the players finally took to the field at 1.10pm in the hope of salvaging some much-needed bonus points from the remaining two days.

Gloucestershire skipper Jon Lewis won the toss, and, after making the brave decision to bat first - his batsmen rewarded him with a fine performance as they reached 223-2 at stumps.

Opening duo Porterfield and Kadeer Ali saw off the new ball admirably on their way to well-crafted 126 partnership before the evergreen Robert Croft made the breakthrough.

Ali departed for 61 after edging through to Mark Wallace behind the wicket - New Zealander Hamish Marshall joining Porterfield in the middle.

The pair carried on the momentum, and, with Porterfield looking certain to make his first County Championship century, left-arm seamer Adam Shantry trapped him LBW for 93.

Marshall went past 50 shortly before stumps and he and Marcus North (11 not out) will resume the crease on Friday looking to boost the visitors towards attaining maximum batting points.

Day two

Rain meant there was no play again in the second day of Glamorgan's LV Division Two County Championship clash against Gloucestershire at Cardiff.

Just like on the first day, the weather meant the match was abandoned without a ball being bowled.

After a second inspection after lunch, umpires Barry Dudleston and Mike Harris decided no play was possible because of a saturated outfield at Sophia Gardens.

But in more positive Glamorgan news, Alex Wharf has been awarded a benefit in 2009.

After moving from Nottinghamshire, the Yorkshireman made his debut for the Welsh county in 2000 and has since played more than 300 matches.

After helping Glamorgan to one-day titles in 2002 and 2004, he played in 13 one-day internationals for England.

"I am naturally thrilled to have been awarded a benefit in 2009. Glamorgan has been a big part of my life for a long time and I'm proud to have been able to play for them," said Wharf.

Day one

Day one was rained off without a ball bowled after umpires Dudleston and Harris decided to abandon for the day following a second inspection at 3pm.

The bowlers' run-ups at the River Taff end proved to be the problem area following plenty of rain in the morning.

Match Details

Date
12th - 14th Aug 2008
Toss
Venue
The SWALEC Stadium
Umpires
B Dudleston and M J Harris

glamorgan BATTING CARD

Batsman R
Rees c Snell b Banerjee 21
Grant lbw b Newby 0
Hemp not out 53
Powell not out 34
Extras 0
Total 35.0 Overs 108 - 2
Full Batting Card

gloucs BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
Lewis 5 1 17 0
Newby 6 2 23 1
Banerjee 13 3 35 1
Dawson 11 2 33 0
Full Bowling Card