Ingram helps Glamorgan stroll to an eight-wicket win over Hampshire

  • Andrew Hignell
  • 10 August 2018 09:35 PM
  • Match Reports

Glamorgan continued their winning sequence - and established a Club record fifth successive win - as Colin Ingram blasted an unbeaten 71 from 40 after some accurate bowling and smart fielding saw the Welsh county to an eight-wicket victory in the Vitality Blast at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff.

David Lloyd, now restored to full fitness after his finger injury at Chelmsford a month ago, returned to the side in place of Nick Selman with Glamorgan opting to bowl first after winning the toss. Andrew Salter delivered the first over to James Vince and Rilee Rossouw which  yielded just two runs. Vince then lofted Ruaidhri Smith to long-on for six and four. Rossouw then straight drove Michael Hogan’s first ball for six before lofting his second over mid-wicket for another maximum. Rossouw then cover drove the third before Vince scythed Timm van der Gugten over point for four before pulling the next delivery for six.

The fifty cane up after 23 balls as Rossouw drove the Dutchman over extra-cover for another massive six before Vince drilled Hogan over long-on, but next ball he drilled the fast bowler to Lloyd at extra-cover . With Sam Northeast as his new partner, Rossouw then drilled van der Gugten over long-on for six before again swatting Smith through mid-wicket for four, before Northeast late cut the seamer for four.

Rossouw then dispatched successive balls from Salter through the covers for a pair of fours as he completed a 22-ball fifty. But without further addition he harpooned Salter to Kiran Carlson at deep mid-wicket and departed with his side on 90/2. Four runs later Salter struck again as Northeast holed out to Hogan at long-on. Next over Ingram removed Liam Dawson as he swept the ball to Lloyd at backward square-leg.

The Hampshire innings lost further momentum as Salter delivered a maiden before Joe Weatherley was deftly stumped by Chris Cooke off the bowling of Craig Meschede with the visitors on 107/5. Gareth Berg joined Alsop before ten runs later he holed out at long-off as he miscued a drive against Meschede as he tried to end the boundary drought.

Chris Wood was more fortunate as he clattered Meschede through extra cover for four but Alsop also holed out trying to loft the all-rounder to the ropes at the River End with Hampshire on 131/7. Dale Steyn came in and clipped Hogan to the ropes at square-leg before Wood lapped Hogan into the hands of short fine-leg as Hampshire ended on 151/8 with just 101 runs in 16.1 overs after the opening salvo by Vince and Rossouw.

Meschede and Donald began Glamorgan’s reply with the latter carving Wood over the head of cover in the opening over before the former nonchalantly on-drove Steyn to the ropes. But Donald was then run out backing up after being sent back by his partner but failed to regain his ground as Vince made a direct hit from mid-off.

With his side on 19/1 Ingram announced his arrival by harpooning Wood over deep mid-wicket for a massive six before thick-edging Steyn for four. He then drilled Berg’s first delivery over the River Stand before flicking the fifth to fine-leg as Glamorgan reached 50 in the 5th over. He celebrated by ramping Stevenson over long-leg for six before cutting the flame-haired seamer for four and then hoisting him over square-leg for six as Glamorgan ended their powerplays on 70/1.

Meschede then drilled Dawson through the covers for four before off-driving Mujeeb Ur-Rahman for a straight six. Ingram then completed his 50 from 26 balls by square-driving Dawson for two shortly before his side reached three figures courtesy of a reverse sweep for fpor by Meschede against Dawson. With 51 needed off 60 balls, Vince recalled Steyn in a bid to break the spritely stand and the ploy worked as Meschede edged the Potea’s ball into Alsops gloves.

101/2 saw Carlson join his captain and he started with a series of wristy flicks before launching Mujeeb over extra-cover for four as the task became 35 from 42 deliveries. Ingram responded by pulling Dawson for four  before Carlson drove Dawson over extra-cover for another sweetly-timed four. Ingram greeted the return of Stevenson by pulling him to fine-leg before Carlson did the same over square-leg for six.

The young tyro then square-drove Stevenson for four before Ingram pulled Steyn for four to level the square, before a bounder for four byes to win with 25 balls in hand to significantly improve their net run rate and to rise further up the table and into third place.


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