Glamorgan win despite late scare

Glamorgan improved their chances of promotion from the National League Division Two with a dramatic one-wicket victory yesterday after bottom-of-the-table Derbyshire had looked set for their first win since 18 June.

Glamorgan improved their chances of promotion from the National League Division Two with a dramatic one-wicket victory yesterday after bottom-of-the-table Derbyshire had looked set for their first win since 18 June.

The No 11 batsman Owen Parkin hit the winning two runs for Glamorgan off the penultimate ball to deny a terrific fightback by the home side.

Glamorgan, who appeared to be coasting to victory at 197 for 6, slumped to 202 for 9 before Parkin joined Dean Cosker.

Earlier the Glamorgan spinners Robert Croft and Cosker had done most to prevent Derbyshire compiling a large total as their combined 18 overs yielded just 61 runs.

Derbyshire had made a cracking start, reaching 80 off 10 overs, with Matt Cassar leading the charge. He struck four fours and two sixes in 35 balls before holing out to Croft at short fine-leg off Parkin.

The all-rounder Danny Law kept alive Essex's outside chances of promotion from Division Two as they beat Durham at Chester-le-Street. The Eagles needed 12 off the final over with one wicket left - yet one legitimate ball later they had won. Neil Killeen's figures went from 4 for 20 in six overs to 4 for 32 in 6.1 as two full tosses were swung over square leg for six and four by Law. The first was also a no-ball, so it added two more to the total.

In a match twice interrupted by rain, Durham made 188 for 8 in 43 overs, and Essex's revised target was 167 in 33 overs. They were coasting at 92 for 2 until Ronnie Irani holed out at long-off in the 21st over off Nicky Phillips, whose off-spin then accounted for Will Jefferson.

Making his first-team debut, the 19-year-old Jefferson who stands 6ft 9in, had used his reach to play well off the front foot in hitting 50 off 65 balls.

Phillips had a third wicket when Steve Peters sliced to backward point, but Essex were revived by Law and Paul Grayson putting on 30 in four overs.

With 31 needed off five overs, Killeen returned to york Grayson for 18 and then had James Foster stumped in his next over before yorking Ashley Cowan first ball.

Law was starved of the strike as only two runs came off the penultimate over, and Ricky Anderson - back after a two-month injury lay-off - fell lbw to Ian Hunter. But Law was equal to the task as he finished on 27 not out with two sixes and one four off 20 balls.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Abuse - and the hell that came afterwards

Abuse - and the hell that follows

James Rhodes on the extraordinary legal battle to publish his memoir
Why we need a 'tranquility map' of England, according to campaigners

It's oh so quiet!

The case for a 'tranquility map' of England
'Timeless fashion': It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it

'Timeless fashion'

It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it
If the West needs a bridge to the 'moderates' inside Isis, maybe we could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive after all

Could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive?

Robert Fisk on the Fountainheads of World Evil in 2011 - and 2015
New exhibition celebrates the evolution of swimwear

Evolution of swimwear

From bathing dresses in the twenties to modern bikinis
Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine