Glamorgan vs Gloucestershire witnesses 25 wickets tumbling on opening day
The Division 2 County Championship clash between Glamorgan vs Gloucestershire witnessed batsmen from both teams having a torrid time.cricket Updated: Jul 04, 2017 11:29 IST
Cricket is a game of unpredictability, and those who walked in to watch Glamorgan play against Gloucestershire on the opening day of the Division 2 County Championship contest were treated with as many as 25 wickets tumbling by the end of the day’s play.
At the scenic College Ground which is hosting its annual cricket festival, the two competing teams had to go through a tough time keeping wickets intact, as bowlers from both Glamorgan and Gloucestershire had a field day.
It was Gloucestershire who won the toss and chose to field. They tasted success immediately as the Australia-born Glamorgan opener Nick Selman was run out in the first over itself, which in a way set the tone for the rest of the day’s play. Former South African opener Jacques Rudolph was out for 1 and Owen Morgan fell for 2.
With No.5 batsman Aneurin Donald top scoring with 39, Glamorgan were skittled for a mere 117 in 32.1 overs.
Gloucestershire may have felt they had an upper hand, but Australian national team prospect Cameron Bancroft edged the first ball of the innings through to the wicketkeeper.
Gloucestershire too found it tough to bat as their innings progressed and were bowled out for 141 in 41.2 overs.
There was more in store in the remaining time as Glamorgan continued to falter, reaching 59 for 5 at stumps, with a lead of a mere 35 runs.
It is now a record of sorts for highest number of wickets to fall in a day’s play in a County Championship match.
The record for most wickets to fall in a Test match is a long-standing one — in the Ashes 1888, 27 wickets had tumbled at Lord’s, reported cricket.com.au.
Timm van der Gugten, Glamorgan fast bowler told BBC, “It was an interesting day, I don’t think I’ve been involved in one quite like that before, but wickets seemed to fall consistently and it didn’t seem to stop.”
“It was one of those wickets where you didn’t feel you were ever in, hopefully we can put on a bit of a partnership with ‘Salts’ (Andrew Salter) and I, and get a bit of a lead, then we’ve still got some recognised batters in Chris Cooke and Graham Wagg. It’s actually a nice-looking wicket, it’s a strange one where one might nip back or bounce a bit more, or stay a little low, it’s got a bit of everything in it,” he added.
Richard Dawson, the Gloucestershire coach urged his players to improve rather than looking for an excuse.
“We are not going to use the pitch as an excuse for our batting. The players need to look at themselves and be honest about what caused them to get out. There is no suggestion that the wicket will be reported. Some of the bowling from both sides was excellent and we will reflect on how we went about our batting overnight,” he said.