Cricket: Morris savours his victory stroll

Click to follow
The Independent Online
Surrey. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .168

Glamorgan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .169-0

Glamorgan win by 10 wickets

GLAMORGAN, who have been outplayed by Surrey in their current four-day game, reversed the roles in most spectacular fashion in the AXA Equity & Law League here yesterday when they won by 10 wickets with 3.4 overs to spare.

After bowling out Surrey for 168 in 49 overs, Glamorgan's opening pair of Hugh Morris and Steve James then knocked off the runs with the minimum of fuss, taking them to 169 for no wicket in 46.2 overs.

In the first part of the afternoon, Glamorgan's bowling had been admirably steady and it was backed up by some splendid fielding. The lead here was given by the 41-year-old Viv Richards, who cast off 10 years when he swooped in from cover and threw out Alec Stewart at the non-striker's end after he had been sent back.

At that point, Stewart and Graham Thorpe had put on 68 in 20 overs for the third wicket, and looked as if they might take Surrey to a worthwhile total. Thorpe, who is in excellent form at the moment, went on to reach 75 before being bowled moving too far across his stumps to Roland Lefebvre.

Morris and James made a quiet but solid start, scoring seven off the first six overs. Then the rate began to increase with Morris the more fluent and elegant of the two.

After laying such a sound foundation to the innings Glamorgan's openers never gave Surrey any hope of getting back into the game. The only chance they had came early on, when James was one and drove at Benjamin, but Stewart could not hold on behind the wicket and may not even have reached a difficult diving catch.

As Glamorgan approached victory, Morris stepped up the tempo, lifting Waqar Younis over mid-wicket and back over his head for fours. When the winning run was scored Morris was left two runs short of his century. This was Glamorgan's highest opening partnership in the Sunday league.

Comments