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.
Close of Play Report
When play resumed after tea, Jacques Rudolph pulled Joe Leach for four as the visiting captain shared new ball duties with John Hastings. His partner Nick Selman also square-cut Leach for four before Rudolph added further fours by drilling Leach to the ropes at mid-off and extra cover.
The Glamorgan captain continued to deal exclusively in boundaries as he straight drove Leach for another four before Selman pulled Hastings to the fence at mid-wicket. Selman duly brought up the 50-stand by on-driving Jack Shantry for four before Rudolph savagely pulled a short ball from Ed Barnard to backward square-leg.
Selman then greeted the introduction of Josh Tongue by despatching his first ball through the covers, but the youngster made the breakthrough in his second over as he yorked Rudolph for 29. 74/1 then became 80/2 as David Lloyd clipped Tongue to mid-wicket for two and four before departing l.b.w. next ball to the Championship debutant. Two balls later Selman edged Barnard into the slips but the ball did not quite carry to Tom Kohler-Cadmore.
Colin Ingram opened his account with a powerfully struck on-drive against Barnard followed by a booming off-drive against Tongue. He then swatted Hastings to the vacant ropes at third man before clipping him for three to fine-leg. But with the total on 108 Selman edged a ball from Hastings into Cox’s gloves. The next two deliveries saw both Ingram and Aneurin Donald edge balls over and through the slip cordon before Ingram unfurled another booming straight drive for four against Hastings followed by a rasping cover drive in the Australian’s next over.
With Joe Leach having departed to the final ball of the morning session, John Hastings was Ed Barnard’s new partner and the burly Australian was soon into his stride as he biffed Michael Hogan through extra-cover for four, with Barnard reaching his half-century later in the over as he did the same to his 81st delivery. Hastings also clubbed Carey over the heads of the slip cordon for four whilst Barnard continued to accumulate in singles, deftly working the ball around in contrast to his partner’s more muscular approach.
Glamorgan took the new ball immediately it became available after 80 overs and Marchant de Lange ended Barnard’s stay at the crease as he departed l.b.w. with the total on 349. Josh Tongue began by clipping Hogan to fine-leg whilst Hastings drilled the seamer through mid-off for another four. He then greeted the return of Carey by striking him powerfully to the boards at long-off, but with the total on 371, he called for a quick single against Hogan and saw Kiran Carlson make a direct hit from point with Tongue out of his ground.
Later in the over Hastings survived a chance at first slip as Colin Ingram nearly held a good catch low to his left, with the all-rounder celebrating his good fortune by swatting Hogan to the point boundary in the next over and then scything Podmore to the ropes at long on as he completed his fifty from 67 balls. Jack Shantry added to the boundary tally by cover-driving both Carey and Podmore as Worcestershire garnered another batting point as they reached the 400-mark in the 94th over. But the innings ended three runs later as de Lange returned at the River End and Hastings miscued a drive to Jacques Rudolph running around for mid-off.
It seemed to be more like Groundhog Day rather than Good Friday for Glamorgan yesterday morning as for the second successive match, the Welsh county lost eight wickets before lunch on the opening day as Worcestershire exerted their right to bowl first. But after the interval, a swashbuckling stand of 68 in just 8.3 overs for the ninth wicket between David Lloyd and Lukas Carey saw the Welsh county to 207 and a prized batting point.
Lloyd was a dozen runs short of a well-deserved century when he skied a drive to extra cover, but Carey in tandem with the fit-again Michael Hogan swiftly dismissed the visiting openers with just a single on the board. However, during the final session, Worcestershire regained the upper hand with a century stand between Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Ben Cox. By the time rain brought an early finish at 6pm, the visitors were just 27 runs in arrears, and the home bowlers knew that they needed early wickets this morning to prevent Worcestershire from building a decent first innings lead.
Hogan and Carey resumed the bowling duties with Kohler-Cadmore flicking the latter to the ropes at square-leg, but Hogan ended the stand in his second over as Cox edged a delivery into the gloves of Chris Cooke. Ed Barnard announced his arrival by cover-driving Carey to bring up the 200 and the first batting point, before a brace of leg byes saw Worcestershire take the lead.
Barnard celebrated by drilling Carey through the covers for four before repeating the stroke against Harry Podmore when the loanee replaced Hogan at the Cathedral Road End. Kohler-Cadmore also greeted the return of Marchant de Lange into the attack by punching him off the back foot through backward point before drilling him off the front foot through mid-off.
In his next over, de Lange was pulled for four and three by Kohler-Cadmore whilst Barnard continued to drive fluently as he sent a ball from Podmore to the ropes at extra cover as Worcestershire moved past 250 and secured another batting point. Kohler-Cadmore added furthers four to his tally by cover-driving and pulling de Lange, before off-driving Podmore for his sixteenth boundary.
On 96 Kohler-Cadmore had a life as he drove Podmore in the air to short extra-cover where a diving Nick Selman could not quite grasp the ball. The batsman duly reached his hundred with a coruscating cover drive for four against Hogan – his 158th delivery – but to the next he feathered a ball from Hogan to give Cooke his fifth catch. With Worcestershire on 283/6, Joe Leach joined Barnard who had also square-driven Podmore with aplomb before greeting Colin Ingram’s leg-spin with a sweep to the ropes at square-leg.
Leach began with a flowing cover drive against Hogan as Worcestershire secured another batting point as they reached the 300-mark shortly before lunch. But in the final over before the interval Leach pulled Carey to mid-wicket where Aneurin Donald completed the catch.
Play resumed at 3.30pm after an early tea with both batsmen – Tom Fell and Joe Clarke – unfurling cover driven fours against Lukas Carey and Michael Hogan Clarke then flicked Harry Podmore’s first two deliveries to the ropes at square-leg and fine-leg before Fell brought up the fifty with a pair of cover driven fours when Marchant de Lange entered the attack at the Cathedral Road End. Clarke also cover drove Podmore to the boards.
Clarke then greeted the introduction of David Lloyd into the attack by driving him through extra cover, but the all-rounder ended the stand as Clarke was caught down the leg-side by Chris Cooke. 80/3 then became 80/4 as Lukas Carey switched to the Cathedral Road End and bowled Fell. Ben Cox announced his arrival by on-driving the bowler for four before drilling Lloyd to the boards at extra cover.
Cox then brought up the hundred by straight-driving Carey to long-on whilst Tom Kohler-Cadmore added a four to his tally by flicking de Lange to square-leg. Cox also cover drove de Lange whilst Kohler-Cadmore struck a trio of fours off successive deliveries from Carey to third man, square-leg and extra cover. He added another through mid-off when Lloyd returned at the River End, followed by a classical cover drive to see Worcestershire to 150.
Cox on-drove Hogan for four before Kohler-Cadmore twice drilled Lloyd through mid-off en route to a 77-ball fifty. The 100-stand came up after Ben Cox had square-driven Lloyd but immediately afterwards the umpires took the players off for bad light shortly before rain fell over the Stadium.
Lukas Carey joined David Lloyd as Glamorgan resumed after lunch on 105/8 and a crisply-struck on-drive against Josh Tongue saw Lloyd reach his half-century from 69 deliveries. After Carey had nurdled Ed Barnard to third man, Lloyd cover-drove the youngster before Carey secured another four to third man beside a clipped drive to the ropes at mid-wicket. The youngster also square-cut John Hastings for four when the Australian returned at the Cathedral Road End followed by a pull for six.
Carey then pulled Tongue for four to bring up the 150 with Lloyd adding another sumptuous cover drive for four against Hastings as the ninth wicket pair posted a fifty stand with weak sunshine bathing the Stadium. Carey then greeted the return of Joe Leach by firstly on-driving him with aplomb and then classically cover-driving the visiting skipper for another four.
Carey also survived a dropped chance at first slip as Tom Kohler-Cadmore failed to pouch a thick outside-edge off Leach but his merry spree ended when he was bowled by Hastings. Michael Hogan then glided Leach through the gully for four before Lloyd swatted Hastings through point for four, followed by a firm on-drove to the boards against Leach.
Hogan then under-edged Hastings for four before bringing up the 200 - and the first batting point of the summer - with a haymaker of a drive through mid-wicket. But Jack Shantry then returned at the River End and ended the innings as Lloyd skied a catch to Hastings at deep extra-cover.
Glamorgan’s bowlers then made early incisions as with the third delivery of the Worcestershire innings Carey found the edge of Daryl Mitchell’s bat with Chris Cooke taking a diving catch in front of the slip cordon. Hogan then followed suit with his second ball as Brett D’Oliveira, who made a double-century in the corresponding game last year also edged into the wicket-keeper’s gloves.
A pair of fours in front, and behind, point by Tom Fell got the scoreboard moving but with drizzle falling and the light getting gloomy, the players departed for an early tea.
Visiting skipper Joe Leach exerted his right to bowl first and within forty minutes, his side had secured a bowling point. The new Worcestershire captain opened the bowling with John Hastings, with the latter being cover driven by Nick Selman in his opening over. But in the Australian’s second over, Rudolph edged into the slip cordon where Joe Clarke completed the catch.
With Glamorgan on 14/1 David Lloyd joined Selman and he opened his account by clipping Hastings for six over square-leg. Selman also crisply square-cut Leach for four but the bowler gained revenge next over as the opener edged a ball into Ben Cox’s gloves. 28/2 immediately became 28/3 as Colin Ingram edged into the gully where Hastings held the chest-high catch.
The Australian then claimed the fourth wicket as he bowled Aneurin Donald with Chris Cooke joining Lloyd with 33 runs on the board. The new batsman clipped Leach to square-leg for four before his partner drilled the bowler through mid-off for another boundary. But with the total on 46, Cooke clipped Leach to square-leg and set off for a run. But he was sent back by his partner as Tom Fell picked up the ball and made a direct hit at the batsman’s end with a diving Cooke short of his ground.
Kiran Carlson duly made his way to the middle as Josh Tongue replaced Hastings at the Cathedral Road End. The young seamer was glanced to fine-leg by Lloyd before nearly swatting a short ball to mid-wicket. He celebrated by pulling Leach for six over backward square-leg before Carlson clipped Tongue to mid-wicket.
Jack Shantry also replaced Leach at the River End and was square-cut for four by Carlson before being to mid-wicket by Lloyd. But with the total on 79 another outstanding piece of fielding saw the demise of Carlson as Brett D’Oliveira at backward point took a fine catch diving full length to his left.
It then became 82/7 as Shantry found the edge of Harry Podmore’s bat with Cox completing the catch sprawling in front of first slip. Lloyd responded by pulling Barnard for another six as well as nurdling him for four to third man. Marchant de Lange then on-drove Barnard before Glamorgan reached three figures in the 27th over. He added another driven four against Tongue but in the final over of the session he was bowled by Barnard.