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Worcestershire won by 7 wickets.

Worcs vs Glamorgan

Solanki sets up Worcs win

Jones takes wicket on return from injury

Solanki: captain's innings

Friends Provident Trophy - South/West Division
New Road
Glamorgan 185-4 Innings Complete v Worcestershire 186-3 (V S Solanki 88 no)
Worcestershire beat Glamorgan by 7 wkts

An unbeaten half-century from Vikram Solanki helped Worcestershire to a seven-wicket victory over Glamorgan in a rain-reduced Friends Provident Trophy match at New Road.

Skipper Solanki hit five sixes and two fours on his way to 88 not out, his side thus taking their first win of the season and moving off the foot of the south west division table.

The match also marked the return from injury of Simon Jones, the former Glamorgan paceman making his home debut after being sidelined since the opening day of the campaign with a neck problem.

Jones took 1-43 to play his part in restricting his old employers to 185 for four - a tally Worcestershire beat with nine balls to spare thanks largely to Solanki and Ben Smith, who between them put on 90 in 13 overs for the third wicket.

With an early morning thunderstorm leaving the ground saturated, a 28-overs-a-side game eventually got under way at 3.45pm - Glamorgan's openers Matthew Wood and David Hemp in the middle after Worcestershire had won the toss.

Both batsmen made steady progress before spinner Gareth Batty had Wood caught running in from cover by Moeen Ali for 24.

He had put on 70 in 14 overs with Hemp, whose partnership with Michael Powell (0) was rapidly over for the addition of just one more run - a full-length delivery from medium-pacer Gareth Andrew accounting for the latter.

Hemp and Tom Maynard then pushed Glamorgan past the three-figure mark before Worcestershire were able to make another breakthrough, with the former being bowled leg stump for 47 by teenage prospect Mehraj Ahmed.

The visitors were then boosted by Tom Maynard (48) and James Dalrymple (44 no), who made a stand worth 50 in six overs before the former hoisted Jones to Ben Smith at long-on.

Early scare

Worcestershire, again without Graeme Hick who is recovering from a minor elbow operation, experienced an early scare when Solanki and Steve Davies launched their victory chase.

Davies had only made his way to five when he survived an easy chance to Jason Gillespie at third man off Harrison.

The Australian's lapse, however, did not prove expensive thanks to Harrison, who struck shortly afterwards to have Davies (11) caught at midwicket by Ben Wright.

Worcestershire were looking to Solanki and Smith to give them a boost and it came thanks to the skipper, who was close to being caught by a diving Wharf while on 46 before completing his half-century off 53 balls with two sixes and a four.

Smith (41) was eventually bowled by Wharf to leave Solanki and Stephen Moore (30 no) to condemn Glamorgan to their first defeat of the season.

Match Details

Date
5th May 2008
Toss
Venue
New Road, Worcester
Umpires
N G B Cook and I J Gould