Cricket: Maynard suffers brutal lesson of the nineties

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Glamorgan 292 and 258-6; Gloucs 158

AWAY from his rediscovered Test scene, Matthew Maynard was again in costly cavalier mood. Dismissed for the second time in the 90s during this match, the Glamorgan acting captain's learning process must continue.

Maynard has been twice denied a hundred by impetuosity when the reward for forceful, insistent strokeplay was nigh, both times just before intervals. He made 93 before lunch on the first day when being caught at the wicket and added 92 to his lunchtime three not out before tea yesterday.

Glamorgan, sustained by Tony Cottey's battling half-century, extended their overall lead towards 400 with the probable victory set to maintain their second place in the table. Maynard's second dismissal, stumped when giving Mark Davies the charge was not something to impress Alan Smith, the watching chief executive of the Test and County Cricket Board, with the tour of West Indies in mind.

With a healthy lead, Glamorgan were more concerned about the availability of Vivian Richards who may have made his last appearance for the county after cracking the index finger on his left hand. Richards returned gloomily from hospital, clutching a large, brown X-ray envelope.

Wilf Wooller, the Glamorgan president, said with the undiluted gruffness which makes him such a wonderful character: 'In my day, we didn't have technology like that. No one broke fingers, they just hurt.'

Richards has not been ruled out of tomorrow's game where Glamorgan defend their top of the table position. The injury was sustained when he took Jack Russell at first slip on Thursday.

This is a match of considerable heroics all round, including Chris Broad's innings of 72, with career-best support of 44 not out from Davies. From 84 for 7 overnight, with 59 needed to avoid the follow-on, the pair added 53 in 28 overs.

Robert Croft squeezed out Broad, by flighting three deliveries before luring him down the pitch, dropping one short and prompting a stumping.

A first innings lead of 134 consoled Glamorgan for failing to make Gloucestershire bat again but Steve James was out swiftly and Adrian Dale fell to an express delivery from Courtney Walsh.

Cottey survived being dropped at mid-on on 21 to make a half century from 119 balls and resist the pain of being struck twice by Walsh. Before his dismissal, he shared half-century partnerships with Maynard and David Hemp to bring at least a wry smile to the face of Richards as he watched, solitary and musing, from the rustic pavilion.