Glamorgan chase three in a row as Wagg returns

  • Lewis Morgan
  • 18 June 2017 08:10 PM
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All-rounder Graham Wagg has been named in Glamorgan’s squad for the first time this year as the Welsh County prepare to face Durham at the Riverside Ground on Monday and look to make it three wins from three in the Specsavers County Championship.

Wagg returns after recovering from a groin injury and played in Glamorgan’s second eleven fixture against Kent at Neath, scoring 112 in the second innings.

He is joined in the squad by wicketkeeper Tom Cullen who has impressed for Glamorgan seconds and Cardiff MCCU, the latter he captained to victory in the One-Day MCCU Universities Championship, scoring 45 not out as his side defeated Loughborough by 25 runs at Lord’s in the final.

Batsman Will Bragg is rested and pace bowler Timm Van Der Gugden is away on international duty for the Netherlands. Marchant De Lange is due to return to the side after being rested himself at New Road, while seam bowler Jack Murphy has also been added and is one of six Glamorgan Academy products in the squad.

Glamorgan will be chasing their third consecutive victory in the Specsavers County Championship against Durham.

The Welsh County secured a thrilling victory against Durham at Swansea, before pulling off a remarkable comeback win against Worcestershire last week.

Glamorgan had collapsed to 58 for 6 in their first innings against Worcestershire, but recovered to score 381 in their first innings, before going on to register a nine-wicket win.

However, despite the team’s recent success, which has seen Glamorgan earn 46 points from a possible 48 in their last two fixtures, Captain Michael Hogan is reluctant to discuss promotion and instead looking to take it one game at a time.

“We aren’t halfway through the season yet, and four other counties have already secured four wins, so there is much to do,” said Hogan.

“After our two wins, it is very much work in progress, and I would rather wait another couple of months to see where are”.

Three weeks after beating Durham at St. Helen’s, Glamorgan travel to the North East for the corresponding fixture against a side that narrowly failed to defeat Kent at Canterbury last week and Hogan is determined not to take Durham lightly.

“They gave us a tough game at Swansea and will provide formidable opposition on their own ground,” added Hogan.

“They are well led by Paul Collingwood, who is not only a shrewd captain, but is their top scorer this season.”

Durham will be without their opener Keaton Jennings, who was selected by the England A squad against South Africa A next Wednesday.

Glamorgan Squad to play Durham: Rudolph, Selman, Salter, Ingram, Donald, Lloyd, Wagg, Cullen (wk), De Lange, Carey, Hogan (c), Murphy, Morgan.

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