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Glamorgan won by an innings and 72 runs.

Glamorgan vs Leics

First win for Glamorgan

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Croft: Excellent all-round performance

LV County Championship - Division Two
Colwyn Bay
Leicestershire 313 (H D Ackerman 92, H H Dippenaar 85) & 181 (H H Dippenaar 57) v Glamorgan 566 (R D B Croft 121, A J Shantry 100, W D Bragg 80, C W Henderson 6-152)
Glamorgan (21pts) beat Leicestershire (5pts) by an innings and 72 runs

Glamorgan celebrated their first LV County Championship Division Two victory of the season with a comprehensive innings-and-72-run win over Leicestershire at Colwyn Bay.

Leicestershire resumed on the final day on 77-2 in their second innings needing 176 more runs to make the home side bat again, but it was all but over by lunch as Leicestershire crumbled to 170-9 having slumped from 163-4 to 166-9 in only 3.4 overs.

With much depending on Leicestershire's third-wicket pair of Boeta Dippenaar and HD Ackerman, the visitors suffered a major blow when Adam Shantry trapped Ackerman leg before with the 11th ball of the day.

Shantry broke through six overs later and was helped by a brilliant leg-side stumping from Mark Wallace that accounted for James Taylor, who slid out of his crease.

Dippenaar and Tom New looked to have recovered the situation somewhat in a 67-run stand, but Robert Croft came into the attack and took two wickets in three balls 20 minutes before lunch.

First he trapped New lbw before Jacques Du Toit was caught at slip by Jamie Dalrymple, who dived athletically to his right, and the collapse was compounded when Claude Henderson was run out by Wallace after being sent back having attempted a second run.

Dean Cosker had Nathan Buck leg before then Croft claimed a third victim when Dippenaar edged a second catch to Dalrymple at slip for 57.

Leicestershire managed to survive until lunch but were all out in the eighth over after the interval when Cosker bowled Harry Gurney through the gate to complete the visitors' demise.

It was Glamorgan's first championship win since they beat Leicestershire at Cardiff by 10 wickets last September, and they took 21 points from the contest to Leicestershire's five.

Day Three

A maiden century from Adam Shantry in a ninth-wicket partnership of 197 with veteran Robert Croft put Glamorgan in control on the third day against Leicestershire at Colwyn Bay.

Shantry became the first Glamorgan number 10 for 80 years to reach three figures as Glamorgan made 566 to claim a 253-run lead on first innings.

After the home side resumed on 320 for eight, the last two wickets eventually produced 270 runs.

With only a seven-run lead overnight, Glamorgan did not have any great expectations going into the third day, but Shantry and Croft looked less and less troubled on a placid pitch.

The pair brought up the 100 partnership in 33.2 overs with Croft reaching his 50 from 135 balls and Shantry soon followed to the landmark from 105 balls.

But they did not stop there with Shantry reaching his century with a superbly struck straight four. He went to three figures from 237 balls.

His four-hour innings came to an end, however, next ball when he was bowled by Harry Gurney.

But Croft and David Harrison kept Leicestershire in the field for a bit longer as they added 73 for the 10th wicket as the 39-year-old off spinner recorded the eighth century of his career.

Leicestershire then reached 77 for two by the close, still 176 behind.

Day Two

Leicestershire's Claude Henderson claimed season-best figures as Glamorgan's batsmen rather squandered a strong position on day two of their match in Colwyn Bay.

The South African slow left-armer ended with figures of 6-88, easily his best performance of a season which had hitherto brought just four wickets for 397 runs.

Glamorgan still ended the day slightly ahead but it was not the advantage they would have been hoping for when earlier poised on 252-3.

Resuming the day on 45-0, opening pair Gareth Rees and Will Bragg continued their recent good form to make a three-figure stand for the second match running.

Rees made 44 before pushing Henderson straight to Jacques Du Toit with Bragg (80) then putting on 56 with Michael Powell before becoming the bowler's second victim.

Jamie Dalrymple (40) quickly overtook the circumspect Powell before dragging a Harry Gurney delivery onto his leg stump, his partner then being bowled by Henderson for the same score.

Henderson then removed Mark Wallace, who had hit the first six of the innings, in curious circumstances when, fielding at short leg, James Taylor collected the ball in his midriff.

Wickets were by now tumbling, with Tom Maynard driving Henderson towards Greg Smith at long off before James Harris went leg before attempting to sweep the same bowler.

Dean Cosker edged Nathan Buck behind as Glamorgan slipped to 296-8 but Robert Croft and Adam Shantry ensured that they reached 300.

Day One

Glamorgan bowled Leicestershire out for 313 on the opening day of their LV County Championship match at Colwyn Bay.

Captain Jamie Dalrymple and teenager James Harris claimed three wickets apiece as the Foxes lost their last five wickets for 39 runs after HD Ackerman and Boeta Dippenaar had rescued the innings.

The pair came together with the score on eight for two after openers Greg Smith (6) and Chris Thompson had both been removed cheaply, the latter recording a nervous 13-ball duck on his first-class debut.

But Ackerman led the counter-attack with a half century off 57 balls before lunch, being given a life when 'keeper Mark Wallace put down a sharp chance off left-arm seamer Adam Shantry.

At 125 for two Leicestershire were back in the comfort zone but Harris produced an impressive afternoon spell from the Embankment End which saw him take two wickets in three overs.

First he claimed the prized wicket of Ackerman, who was bowled via an inside edge eight short of his century, and then he trapped James Taylor leg before to leave the visitors 174 for four in the 44th over.

Captain Dippenaar (85) had played the anchor role on his way to fifty, but he lost his patience when he was bowled taking a swipe at Dean Cosker in the slow left-armer's first over after lunch.

Wicket-keeper Tom New and Jacques Du Toit took the score from 215 for five to 274 before both fell to Dalrymple (3-11) in the space of two overs, both going to sharp catches by Tom Maynard at slip.

Though Claude Henderson ensured the third batting point he saw partner Andrew Harris run out coming back for a second run and number Harry Gurney, caught and bowled by Cosker.

Glamorgan openers Gareth Rees and William Bragg safely navigated the final 11 overs of the day to reach 45 without loss at stumps.

Match Details

Date
5th - 8th Aug 2009
Toss
Venue
Colwyn Bay
Umpires
N L Bainton and V A Holder

leics BATTING CARD

Batsman R
Smith b Dalrymple 20
Thompson lbw b Cosker 16
Dippenaar c Dalrymple b Croft 57
Ackerman lbw b Shantry 17
Taylor st Wallace b Shantry 2
New lbw b Croft 26
du Toit c Dalrymple b Croft 0
Henderson run out 2
Buck lbw b Cosker 0
Harris not out 3
Gurney b Cosker 12
Extras 14nb, 6b, 6lb 26
Total Close, 70.0 Overs 181
Full Batting Card

glamorgan BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
Harris 16 3 62 0
Harrison 5 4 4 0
Dalrymple 16 0 52 1
Cosker 12 8 12 3
Shantry 6 1 9 2
Croft 15 4 30 3
Full Bowling Card