Dale and Cosker destroy Warwickshire

Warwickshire 196 Glamorgan 198-3 Glamorgan win by 7 wickets
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The National League champions, Glamorgan, returned to winning ways at Sophia Gardens yesterday when they overwhelmed Warwickshire. Having lost five of their previous six matches, the Welsh county were desperate for a victory and they achieved it convincingly by seven wickets.

The medium-pace bowler Adrian Dale and Dean Cosker, a specialist with left-arm orthodox, did much of the damage, each taking three wickets.

Warwickshire won the toss and decided to bat but were soon in trouble, losing two wickets with only 21 runs on the board. In the end, they managed just 196 with Trevor Penney their only real success. He contributed an unbeaten 64.

Dale took 3 for 16 in just 3.5 overs, while Cosker's three wickets cost 44. Andrew Davies had returned to the Glamorgan line-up after almost two months on the sidelines with a broken thumb, and he quickly made an impact, grabbing the wicket of Neil Carter and taking a catch.

Mark Wallace was sharp behind the stumps, taking three catches including the dangerous Nick Knight caught off the bowling of Alex Wharf for 27.

The Glamorgan captain, Robert Croft, yet again led by example. He scored a fine 70 before being bowled by Ian Bell. Both the former captain, Matthew Maynard, and the veteran stalwart David Hemp played key roles in the Dragons' innings.

Maynard produced some fine strokes and hit an undefeated 47 while Hemp finished on 41 not out as Glamorgan reached their target with 25 balls remaining.