WORCESTERSHIRE v GLAMORGAN

8th August (4 days) 11:00 Bob Willis Trophy Blackfinch New Road
455-8 & 276-6d
V
374 & 141-7
Match Drawn
Cooke helps Glamorgan secure a draw at New Road

 

Thanks to a defiant 74 by Chris Cooke, Glamorgan salvaged a draw in their Bob Willis Trophy match against Worcestershire at a sweltering New Road, with the Welsh county ending the final day on 141-7 after the home side had set the visitors a notional target of 358 from a minimum of 51 overs.   

 

Day 1
 

(writes Andrew Hignell)


Close of Play Report

Worcestershire were 188/3 when play resumed after tea with Jake Libby unbeaten on 85 and Brett d’Oliveira 63 not out having batted throughout the afternoon session and adding 111 runs to consolidate their team’s position. Timm van der Gugten, at the New Road End and Kieran Bull at the Diglis End resumed the bowling duties for the Welsh county, and the latter might have removed d’Oliveira had Charlie Hemphrey, the solitary slip fielder, held onto a sharp chance as the batsman, on 66, attempted a late cut.

The home side secured their first batting point on 200 in the 67th over as Libby scored his umpteenth single before upper cutting Bull high over Hemphrey’s head for another boundary. D’Oliveira also pulled a ball from the off-spinner for four whilst van der Gugten delivered a parsimonious spell at the other end before Dan Douthwaite had another salvo. Jake Libby however continued his serene progress towards a century on his New Road debut, from 205 balls by square-cutting the off-spinner.

D’Oliveira then pulled a short ball from Douthwaite for four before cutting another delivery from the young all-rounder through point for a rasping boundary. Libby also opened his shoulders against Douthwaite, pulling him for six and four in successive balls, whilst d’Oliveira square-cut Hemphrey and pulled Hogan for four who had returned at the New Road End before reaching his century from 183 balls with a six – albeit a scampered two against Hogan followed by four overthrows.

Libby also square-drove Hemphrey for four, whilst d’Oliveira also did the same to the off-spinner before Wagg returned in spin mode. Another late cut by d’Oliveira followed by a single by Libby in the closing overs saw the pair break their county’s best fourth wicket against the Welsh county set in 1938 at New Road by Doc Gibbons and Syd Martin who added an unbeaten 227. Wagg then reverted back to his normal style for the day’s final over as the new ball was taken after 90 overs.

 

Teatime Report

Worcestershire resumed on 77/3 after lunch with Jake Libby having a life as Charlie Hemphrey at second slip spilled a sharp low catch as he edged Timm van der Gugten. He celebrated his good fortune as he cut the Dutchman for four before straight-driving the Dutchman to complete his fifty from 94 balls. Brett D’Oliveira also square-cut Dan Douthwaite for four before also glancing van der Gugten for four to fine-leg as well as steering him through backward point for another boundary

Kieran Bull returned to the attack at the Diglis End and was punched for successive boundaries through extra cover by Libby before D’Oliveira twice cover-drove the off-spinner. Wagg had another foray at the New Road End before Libby late cut Bull – his former colleague in the Cardiff MCCU squad – as well as running a series of singles to rotate the strike prior to Hogan’s return for the 51st over.

The stand reached the 100-mark as D’Oliveira late-cut Bull before cover-driving the spinner to complete a 78-ball half-century. He then consummately on-drove Hogan for four as the home side approached their first batting point on what appears to be a benign surface and endorsing their decision to bat first.


Lunchtime Report

Worcestershire are 77/3 at lunch after opting to bat first against Glamorgan in their second game in the Bob Willis Trophy at a sunny and cloudless New Road with evergreen Michael Hogan claiming all three wickets and taking his first-class tally to 599.

The Welsh county made two changes to their starting line-up from the side which lost to Somerset at Taunton earlier in the week, with Tom Cullen and Timm van der Gugten replacing Marchant de Lange and Ruaidhri Smith. Michael Hogan, who was bowling at the New Road End, duly gave the Welsh county a fine start as to the fourth ball of the day Daryl Mitchell feathered a short ball down the leg-side with Chris Cooke completing a good tumbling catch to his left to give Hogan his 597th first-class wicket.

It might have been 2/2 as in van der Gugten’s opening over the wicket-keeper could not quite grasp a low outside edge from Tom Fell. His partner Jake Libby struck the day’s first boundary as he turned a ball from Hogan across the parched turf to the ropes at square-leg before Fell guided van der Gugten to the vacant third man boundary. Libby also flicked van der Gugten to the boards at mid-wicket but next over Cooke atoned as he took a fine catch diving low to his right in front of the slip cordon as Fell became Hogan’s 598th scalp.

22/2 saw Jack Haynes join Libby and he began by punching Graham Wagg off the back foot through the covers in the left-armer’s opening over before square-cutting and cover-driving Dan Douthwaite for a pair of fours. Libby also steered Wagg through extra cover before glancing him to fine-leg for another boundary, whilst Haynes unfurled a cover drive for four in Douthwaite’s next over.

Kieran Bull entered the attack in the 24th over with Hogan returning for a second salvo shortly before lunch and in his second over removing Haynes who pulled the bowler to fine-leg where Douthwaite completed a well-judged catch close to the ropes. After being joined by Brett d’Oliveira, Libby cover-drove Bull for four in the penultimate over before the interval.



 

Day 2
 

(writes Andrew Hignell)


Close of Play Report

Glamorgan resumed on 88-2 after tea with Kiran Carlson and Billy Root looking to further chisel away at the deficit with the New Road ground bathed in sunshine after the overcast conditions during the morning. Having extracted a modicum of turn before tea, Brett d’Oliveira continued with his leg-breaks at the Diglis End with Root reverse-sweeping a ball for four in the opening over before Carlson cover-drove him in his second. Root also struck a full toss from the twirler through the covers before edging the next delivery which bounced over the top of the stumps.

Dillon Pennington probed away at the New Road End but the third wicket pair remained watchful with Ed Barnard duly replacing him after four overs as Joe Leach continued to rotate his seamers after a series of short spells. Root and Carlson scampered a series of singles before Charlie Morris replaced D’Oliveira and was flicked to fine-leg for four by Carlson.

Carlson then drilled an over-pitched delivery from Morris for four before the century stand and Carlson’s fifty both came up as the young tyro again drilled the bowler through the covers to complete a 95-ball half-century. Daryl Mitchell’s gentle seam was also employed before Leach returned and saw Carlson inside-edge a single to fine-leg as the third wicket pair continued to consolidate. Carlson also edged Mitchell through second slip for four before pulling Leach to fine-leg for four before Root completed his half-century from 109 balls.

The third wicket pair continued to accumulate during the closing overs as Pennington returned to the fray in a bid to claim the third wicket and the first bowling point. However, Carlson and Root continued to play watchfully and take their side closer to the follow-on mark.

Afternoon Report

Nick Selman and Charlie Hemphrey began Glamorgan’s first innings following the closure of the Worcestershire’s efforts, with Joe Leach and Charlie Morris sharing the new ball. Hemphrey on-drove Leach for four whilst Selman cover-drove Morris before edging him through the slip cordon for successive fours as the overhead cloud dissipated. Selman’s next boundary against Leach was a far more assertive one as he drilled the home captain through the covers before Hemphrey repeated the stroke when Dillon Pennington entered the attack, as well as thick-edging the young bowler through the slips for another four.

Selman also glanced Ed Barnard for four in his opening over before becoming the first man to depart as he edged a rising delivery into the gloves of wicket-keeper Ben Cox. 39-1 then became 44-2 as Barnard trapped Hemphrey leg before. Kiran Carlson and Billy Root joined forces with the former sparring outside off stump at successive deliveries from Pennington before clipping the young pace bowler to the boundary boards at square-leg.

Carlson also guided Morris through the gully for a couple of fours before Root opened his account with a cover-driven four against Barnard before off-driving the same bowler for a couple of fours. Brett d’Oliveira then had some exploratory overs of wrist spin before tea in tandem with Leach who returned for a second salvo and was cover-driven as well as nurdled to third man by Carlson for a pair of fours.

Lunchtime Report

The first innings of inter-county matches have not been restricted since the early 1980s. For 2020, the restrictions for the Bob Willis Trophy are that the first innings are limited to 120 overs, so the efforts yesterday at New Road of centurions Jake Libby and Brett d’Oliveira meant that Worcestershire could continue for a further 29 overs this morning having reached 309-3 from 91 overs at the end of the opening day of their contest against the Welsh county.

With the new ball having been taken by Graham Wagg in the final over last night, Michael Hogan duly returned to the attack this morning with Timm van der Gugten at an overcast and much cooller New Road. The overnight pair busily ran a series of singles before d’Oliveira on-drove and square-cut the Dutchman for the day’s first boundaries from successive deliveries. An off-driven three saw Libby reach 150 for the first time in his career before a glance to fine-leg against Hogan saw the opener register his 15th four.

Dan Douthwaite then replaced Hogan at the New Road End and saw Libby outside-edge an expansive drive through the vacant slip cordon. He added another four, this time through mid-wicket, to his tally and just over the fielder’s head, before Kieran Bull returned to the fray at the Diglis End. D’Oliveira square-cut the off-spinner as the stand surpassed Worcestershire’s best for any wicket against Glamorgan and beating the unbeaten 287 by the second wicket pair of Tim Curtis and Graeme Hick at Neath in 1986.

D’Oliveira completed his 150 from 244 balls as the stand also reached the 300-mark with the pair continuing to work the ball around. Libby then on-drove Douthwaite before his partner scythed the all-rounder for four to take the total to 386 as their partnership also became the highest for the fourth wicket by any county against Glamorgan and surpassing the 315 added by Willie Quaife and Jack Parsons for Warwickshire at Edgbaston in 1927. But two runs later their stand ended as Libby jaywalked down the wicket to Bull and was smartly stumped by Cooke and departed for a career-best 184.

Having been joined by Riki Wessels, d’Oliveria steered Douthwaite for successive fours through point before nearly being caught next ball by Kiran Carlson attempting a third in the same direction. With the total on 405 Graham Wagg also returned to bowl and removed Wessels who tamely chipped the ball back to the left-armer, before five runs later ending d’Oliveira’s vigil as he tried to nurdle a slower ball from the canny bowler with Cooke completing the catch diving to his right as the batsman departed for 174. Wagg then claimed his third wicket as Ed Barnard holed out to Hogan at long-off as Joe Leach joined Ben Cox with his side on 424/7 in the 117th over. With the aid of some rustic blows, the pair duly saw Worcestershire to 453/8 after 120 overs with Leach falling to a fine boundary catch by Billy Root from the penultimate ball as their innings ended and coincided with the lunch interval.

 

Day 3
 

(writes Andrew Hignell)

Close of Play Report

After tea, Worcestershire began their second innings in hot and humid conditions with a lead of 81 runs as Daryl Mitchell and Jake Libby faced the new ball pairing of Michael Hogan at the New Road End and Timm van der Gugten at the Diglis End. Both delivered a probing line on and outside off stump with Libby edging Hogan just short of Charlie Hemphrey at third slip as well as playing and missing at van der Gugten. Mitchell was more confident as the veteran opener cover-drove van der Gugten for four.

After a dozen frugal overs, Dan Douthwaite and Graham Wagg operated as the change bowlers with Mitchell off-driving and square-cutting the latter for successive fours in his opening over before drilling the first ball of his second over through mid-off for a third boundary. Libby also drove Wagg to mid-wicket for four before Kieran Bull entered the attack at the Diglis End after 19 overs and was cover-driven for four by Mitchell.

Van der Gugten returned for a second spell and was drilled through the covers for successive fours by Libby, whilst Mitchell lofted Bull to long-on for another boundary. Douthwaite also had a second salvo and was driven through point by Libby before twice flicking him to fine-leg for further boundaries. Mitchell also square-cut the young all-rounder for four, just over the head of a leaping Kiran Carlson at point. Their stand was worth 97 in the 33rd over when Libby edged a ball from Douthwaite into Cooke’s gloves with Joe Cooke coming in as nightwatchman with an eye, perhaps, on making quick runs tomorrow morning to hasten a declaration and a run chase on the final afternoon. However, he was caught at slip by Hemphrey with the ball lobbing up as he propped forward to the final ball of the day delivered by Bull as Worcestershire ended on 98-2

 

Teatime Update

With Glamorgan having reached 257-6 at lunch after 91 overs, the stubborn Billy Root and the combative Graham Wagg were looking to continue their recovery mission when play resumed after the early clatter of wickets with Worcestershire’s bowlers looking to make further inroads. Dillon Pennington duly shared the new ball with Joe Leach who in the first hour had enjoyed a spell of four wickets for three runs in the space of 30 balls. Root on-drove Pennington for four before a gleeful Wagg unleashed a Zorro-esque square-drive against Leach, with the pair also scampering a series of quick singles as they further reduced the deficit.

Shortly afterwards Wagg punched Leach off the back foot through extra cover before Root glanced the home captain for four to fine-leg before unleashing a ferocious square-cut to record his twelfth boundary and the third century of his Glamorgan career after five and a half hours at the crease. Through his defiant efforts with Wagg, his side were also able to secure a third batting point in the 101st over with the latter leg-glancing Pennington for four before completing an invaluable half-century from 79 balls with a lofted cover drive against the same bowler.

Wagg’s blow also brought up the century stand after two hours of watchful resistance with Root celebrating by straight-driving Morris with his partner having to dive out of the way so that the ball could speed away to the boundary boards. Root continued to up the tempo as he struck another fierce drive through mid-on against Ed Barnard before clipping Morris to the mid-wicket ropes. But next ball, he departed as he looked to run the bowler down to third man but saw Ben Cox take a fine catch diving outstretched to his left.

321-7 saw Kieran Bull join Wagg and he opened his account with a cover drive against Morris followed by a well-timed on-drive for four, but the bowler had the last laugh as three balls later he edged another off-side drive and saw Cox complete a diving catch to his right almost in front of second slip. Timm van der Gugten became Wagg’s new partner as Glamorgan ended the 110th over on 333-8 and depriving the home side of sneaking a third bowling point.

Ironically, Wagg then departed to the next ball as he top-edged a swat against Barnard with Cox safely pouching the skier. Michael Hogan began by straight-driving Barnard for four before van der Gugten pulled Morris for four followed by another blow for four to mid-on when Pennington returned. He later flicked the blond-haired bowler to fine-leg for another four. Hogan also swatted Leach for successive fours to mid-wicket to long-on when the home captain returned to the attack looking to polish off the resistance. Hogan continued to bludgeon the attack as he whacked Pennington again to mid-wicket, but his merry spree ended two balls later as Barnard at point took a good low catch as Glamorgan were dismissed for 374.

Lunchtime Update

Glamorgan posted eleven century partnerships last summer in first-class cricket, including a stand of 138 for the third wicket at Sophia Gardens between Marnus Labuschagne and David Lloyd during the Welsh county’s draw with Worcestershire. Neither are present this year at New Road with Marnus at his home in Australia and David nursing a broken foot following an injury whilst bowling in a pre-season match at Cardiff. Yesterday afternoon, Kiran Carlson and Billy Root came within a run of emulating their efforts as they batted throughout the post-tea session to steer the Welsh county to 181-2 at the close of play from 61 overs.

With Worcestershire leading by 274 runs, there was still plenty of batting to be done for Glamorgan on another hot morning at New Road, with 59 overs still at their disposal under the competition’s regulations. Joe Leach and Dillon Pennington resumed the bowling duties, with the former at the Diglis End making an early breakthrough in the third over as Carlson edged to second slip where Daryl Mitchell held a smart low catch. Four runs later Leach struck again as Chris Cooke played a ball to point where Ed Barnard completed another good catch diving to his left.

Tom Cullen joined Root who swatted a short ball from Pennington over the head of the fielder at extra cover for the day’s first boundary before a series of singles saw Glamorgan to their first bonus point on 200. Ed Barnard then replaced Pennington at the New Road End but Leach claimed his third wicket for as many runs in 25 balls as Cullen edged to second slip where Mitchell held his second catch of the morning. 203-5 then became 203-6 as to the final ball of the over Dan Douthwaite swatted the home captain to deep square-leg where Brett d’Oliveira ran in to complete the catch.

Graham Wagg was the new batsman as d’Oliveira’s leg breaks replaced Leach’s probing seam, with the feisty all-rounder clubbing a long hop to the mid-wicket boundary before unfurling a sweep for three to fine-leg. He then reverse-swept the twirler for four before Root ended his sequence of defensive strokes by advancing down the wicket and driving d’Oliveira for four to long-off.

Charlie Morris returned at the New Road End and was pulled and on-driven for a pair of fours by Wagg before Root on-drove a full toss from d’Oliveira for four as the seventh wicket pair saw Glamorgan to the 250-mark in the 89th over. Worcestershire then took the new ball during the final over of the session as Pennington returned to the attack

 

Day 4
 

(writes Andrew Hignell)

Close of Play Report

Glamorgan had a minimum of 34 overs to face after tea and leave New Road with a draw after Chris Cooke and Joe Root had taken the score from 5-3 to 57-3 at the interval. Ed Barnard and Jake Libby resumed the bowling duties. Root cover drove Barnard for four before Cooke inside-edge a sharply turning ball from Libby as the Cornishman also found appreciable bounce and spin from the surface. Cooke also drilled Barnard through the covers for four just out of the grasp of a diving Jack Haynes.

With the odd ball also keeping low, the fourth wicket pair continued their watchful approach besides punishing anything loose with Cooke also on-driving a half-volley from Barnard to the boards at long-on before cover-driving a similar delivery from Libby. Leach continued to rotate his quicker bowlers as Dillon Pennington returned at the New Road End and removed Root who feathered a ball down the legside with Ben Cox completing a tumbling catch behind the stumps.

87-4 saw Tom Cullen join Cooke who cover-drove Libby to complete a 78-ball fifty. D’Oliveira then returned and was square-driven for a pair of fours by Cullen before Leach briefly returned to the fray shortly before the start of the final hour hoping to make further inroads before Daryl Mitchell, Charlie Morris and Jake Libby all had a trundle in a bid to break the stubborn stand.

Cooke and Cullen remained steadfast until the 40th over when the latter was trapped leg before by Morris. Dan Douthwaite replaced him having been stung by a wasp whilst fielding earlier in the day, but his day did not get any better as he was trapped l.b.w. by Libby to bag a pair with Glamorgan on 126-6. Graham Wagg became Cooke’s new partner and he continued the defiance as Worcestershire strove for further wickets.

Wagg drove Libby for four just over the head of the fielder at mid-wicket before Pennington returned for a final salvo and struck Cooke a blow on his forearm. He resumed after treatment but next over he played on to his stumps as a ball from Libby wickedly tricked back after he had played forward. Cooke departed for a defiant 74 with Bull joining Wagg for the last seventeen balls. The pair remained defiant as the game ended in a draw with Glamorgan on 141-7.

Afternoon update


With Worcestershire on 228-4 at lunch their lead stood at 309 with a minimum of 61 overs remaining and the home side opted to continue batting for a further eight overs as Kieran Bull and Graham Wagg continued the bowling duties with the latter back in his normal mode and removing d’Oliveira with his third delivery as the batsman edged into Cooke’s gloves to give the Glamorgan captain the eighth victim of the game.

Two balls later Cooke claimed his ninth dismissal as Riki Wessels also edged behind trying to run the ball down to third man to equal the Club wicket-keeping record held jointly by Colin Metson who took nine in the games with Worcestershire at Worcester in 1993 and Surrey at The Oval, 1995, as well as Mark Wallace who achieved the feat against Derbyshire at Colwyn Bay, 2016 and in the game with Worcestershire at New Road in 2016.

Ben Cox drilled Wagg for four through the covers before hoisting him over mid-wicket for six and into the Pavilion seating but Bull, who had delivered a frugal spell throughout the morning at the Diglis End, continued in parsimonious mode, conceding just a series of singles until Jack Haynes lofted him into and out of Nick Selman’s hands at long off with the ball spilling away for four. Cox also lapped Wagg to fine-leg for four before flaying him to long-on and mid-wicket for further boundaries whereupon the home side declared leaving Glamorgan a notional target of 358 from 51 overs.

The home bowlers were soon amongst the wickets as the Welsh county nosedived to 5-3 in the fifth over. Firstly, Joe Leach struck with his second delivery as Selman departed l.b.w. before Dillon Pennington had Kiran Carlson caught behind with a sharply rising delivery. Three balls later, Leach claimed his second wicket as Charlie Hemphrey was also adjudged leg before as he shouldered arms to the home captain.

Billy Root scored the first four of the innings as he guided Pennington through the gully for four before Leach, in his fifth over, conceded his first runs as Cooke cover drove successive deliveries from his opposite number. Charlie Morris then replaced Pennington at the New Road End and found the outside edge of Cooke’s bat with the ball bisecting second and third slip before speeding away to the unmanned boundary.

D’Oliveira’s leg breaks were then employed at the Diglis End with plenty of footmarks on both side of the pitch. Root was unperturbed as he sweetly cover-drove the first delivery before reverse-sweeping his third as he acquired another four, followed by flicks to fine-leg and square-leg in Morris’ next over. Root also savagely cut Pennington for four with off-spinner Jake Libby also bowling the final over before the interval and being cover-driven by Cooke.

Lunchtime Update

History has a funny habit of repeating itself with Glamorgan’s supporters hoping that a good omen ahead of today’s proceedings was that the Welsh county were victorious the last time an opposing side had to end their innings because of restrictions on the number of overs in an inter-county match. That was in early August 1980 when Kent pulled in on 301-7 after 100 overs at Canterbury before Glamorgan rallied in their second innings and mounted a successful run chase to win by three wickets.

Such a scenario is a possibility today at New Road where Worcestershire, having reached 455-8 in the 120 over allocation, had extended their first innings lead to 179 by the close of play last night with home captain Joe Leach who came in as night-watchman last night having been caught playing forward to the final ball of the day delivered by Kieran Bull who extracted some generous turn from the parched surface. Tom Fell was Daryl Mitchell’s next partner as play resumed under clear blue skies at 1100 with Michael Hogan bowling at the New Road End in tandem with Bull at the Diglis End. Fell opened his account by pulling and on-driving Hogan for successive fours as the lead reached the 200-mark. Mitchell also nurdled Bull for four to backward point besides unfurling a pair of fluent cover-drives against Hogan as the pair continued to accumulate and quietly build Worcestershire’s lead.

Bull continued to extract some assistance from the surface with his cleverly-flighted off-breaks whilst Mitchell also glanced Hogan to fine-leg for four before Timm van der Gugten returned in place of the evergreen bowler at the New Road End. Bull also had a loud appeal for l.b.w against Fell turned down by the umpire before next over the batsman pulled the spinner for four. Mitchell also square-cut van der Gugten for four whilst Fell dabbed the Dutchman to third man for another boundary before edging a glance down the leg-side against van der Gugten and giving another tumbling catch for Chris Cooke.

Mitchell was then joined by Jack Haynes as he approached what would have been his sixth century against Glamorgan, but it was not to be as on 94 he was lured down the wicket by Bull and smartly stumped by Cooke. 197/4 saw Brett d’Oliveira make his way to the middle as Graham Wagg replaced van der Gugten at the New Road End and was pulled for four by Haynes before the new batsman cover drove Bull. The pair also scampered some quick singles as the lead reached the 300-mark shortly before the lunch interval as Wagg reverted to left-arm spin in the final over of the session.

 

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