Cricket: Caddick causes panic

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Somerset. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .185 and 366-7 dec

Glamorgan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .252 and 215

Somerset win by 84 runs

ANDREW CADDICK smiled his pleasure at the news that he was a Test player, just after 10am, and gave thanks to Somerset and England after tea, when he tore out the middle of the Glamorgan second innings, in 23 successive overs, to send Somerset to the top of the Championship table for the first time that anyone could remember.

Caddick was helped by the spot at the old Pavilion End that had offered variable bounce throughout and by the cloud and gloom. That said, he was accurate, sustained and occasionally fast. He finished with match figures of 10 for 129 and has now taken 34 wickets, excellent credentials for a bowler making his debut for England on Thursday.

Chris Tavare gambled that Glamorgan would be unable to score 300 to win in what became 82 overs. Forty- three came off 10 overs and Glamorgan were about to lunch happily when Steve James padded up to the last ball before the interval, the ball whipping off his pads and on to his stumps.

Five overs afterwards Adrian Dale drove Caddick straight and firm, the bowler dived, the ball flew into the stumps and Hugh Morris was out of his ground. Matthew Maynard was beaten by a ball that kept low, Dale trapped by Mushtaq's googly.

But Viv Richards, making his last Championship appearance here, remained. With Tony Cottey he added 23 in five overs and briefly Glamorgan were revived, until Caddick hit the spot again to bowl the great man for a resolute 30 in almost two hours. Richards rightly received a standing ovation: a page turned.

Robert Croft and Colin Metson were removed with successive deliveries, and the tail then tried, unavailingly, to hold on for the last 20 overs, Somerset winning with 13 remaining.

Somerset deserved this win and their new-found eminence. They should have won their previous match at Worcester, for it now transpires that the umpires missed a catch on that occasion that would have cut short the match-winning stand between Steven Rhodes and Phil Newport.

Somerset won this match, against the fourth-placed side, after being 67 behind on first innings. They will be tested when England claim Caddick, and later, Lathwell, but Neil Mallender is now fit to return and Jason Kerr is a fine seam-bowling prospect.