Croft's haul keeps Glamorgan second

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Glamorgan were rewarded for their resilience in Cheltenham with a 176-run victory over Gloucestershire that cements their second place in the Second Division.

Their new found self-belief under coach Matthew Maynard led to a sixth win of the summer as they shot out the hosts for 168 in their second innings to secure victory with a day to spare. Former Gloucestershire captain Chris Taylor was the only batsman to proffer sustained resistance with an unbeaten 63 as James Harris and Huw Waters claimed three wickets apiece. Fresh from reaching the 10,000-run and 1,000 wicket first-class double for Glamorgan in Swansea last week, veteran spinner Robert Croft ran through the Gloucestershire tail with four for 20 to complete the win.

At the Rose Bowl, Hampshire's First Division meeting with Lancashire fizzled out into a tame draw and a result that does neither side any favours in terms of the table. Lancashire, 86 behind on first innings, reached 351 for six by the time the sides shook hands on a draw that sees their title claims fade even further.