A career-best 5/45 by Josh Tongue saw Worcestershire defeat Glamorgan by eight wickets shortly before lunch on the third day of their Specsavers County Championship match at The SSE SWALEC after the Welsh county were dismissed for 223 earlier in the morning.
Having missed the entire Championship season last summer with a knee injury, Colin Ingram brought a smile to the face of the cricketing cognoscenti yesterday at the SSE SWALEC as the South African unfurled a series of high-class drives as he took his first-class tally for the Welsh county past the 1,000 mark and ended the day nine runs short of his first Championship fifty since 2015.
But Ingram failed to add to his overnight tally as he was caught behind in the third over of the morning as Ben Cox took a sprawling catch in front of first slip. His partner Aneurin Donald began in assertive vein, pulling the second ball of the day from Joe Leach to mid-wicket before clipping the next delivery to the same location. He then square-cut John Hastings for four but, with the total on 165, the Australian trapped Chris Cooke l.b.w.
With his side still 31 runs in arrears, Kiran Carlson began with a deft glance to fine-leg for four before almost being caught at third slip by Joe Clarke. Donald also swatted a short ball from Hastings over the slip cordon before pulling another bouncer to fine-leg. Carlson also greeted the introduction of Josh Tongue into the attack by unleashing a fierce cover drive whilst Donald also punched the young seamer through extra cover to wipe off the arrears.
The young tyro then reached his fifty from 59 balls with a glance to fine-leg for one before Carlson clipped Jack Shantry to the ropes at long-leg to bring up the 200. But two balls later Carlson edged a ball from Tongue into Cox’s gloves as Glamorgan lost their sixth wicket. Having been joined by Harry Podmore, Donald continued to find the ropes as he punched Tongue for four. Next ball, he tried to pull the young bowler and was struck on the helmet.
After receiving treatment on the field and changing his headgear, Donald continued his innings but three balls later he swatted the young seamer into the gully where John Hastings held a good low catch. Next delivery Marchant de Lange edged a ball to second slip before Lukas Carey survived the hat-trick ball with Glamorgan on 210/8 and just 14 runs to the good.
Carey then pulled Tongue for four but next over he edged Jack Shantry into Cox’s hands before shortly afterwards, the left-armer ended the Glamorgan innings as Michael Hogan drove to mid-off. This left Worcestershire requiring just 28 runs and the visitors lost a couple of wickets en route to victory as Daryl Mitchell edged Carey into Selman’s hands in the second over before three balls later Hogan caught Brett D’Oliveira in his follow-through as the bowler held onto a low return catch. A trio of cover drives by Tom Fell plus a clip to fine-leg by Joe Clarke saw the visitors home in the sixth over.