Cricket: Morris sets out his stall: Niall Edworthy reports from Swansea

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Glamorgan 329 and 291-5; Nottinghamshire 346

AS FAR as anyone in this part of the world can remember, the last time that Ted Dexter ventured into Glamorgan was to contest the seat of Cardiff East in the 1963 General Election. It is a fair bet that were he to return to stand for re-election as the chairman of Test selectors, he would lose by an even greater margin than that by which he lost to James Callaghan.

There is a sense of mild indignation within the county that the Test claims of several of their players have been constantly overlooked by Dexter and his cabinet. The case for the inclusion of the left-handed opener Hugh Morris, who yesterday fell four runs short of becoming the first batsman to reach 1,000 runs this season, would be virtually unanswerable in the unlikely event of Graham Gooch dropping himself down the order.

Morris's century was his second of the game and his fifth of the season. He scored 88 runs in boundaries alone, most of them driven through the covers off the front foot against a Nottinghamshire attack that could find little encouragement in the even-paced wicket. His century partnership with Adrian Dale was also their second of the match but just as a further century stand with Tony Cottey looked possible, Morris was bowled round his legs trying to sweep Michael Field-Buss for the four runs that would have given him 1,000 runs before anyone else.

Welsh rumour has it that if any Glamorgan player finds a message on his answering machine from Dexter on Sunday night, it will be Matthew Maynard. Hence, his obvious distress when Paul Johnson shattered his stumps with a 60-yard throw.

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