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.

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