Ormond wreaks havoc as Glamorgan face drop

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Glamorgan needed to beat Leicestershire to retain a realistic chance of staying in divis- ion one of the County Championship and putting pressure on their opponents and Lancashire, who were both hover-ing just above the drop zone after Surrey beat Yorkshire.

Glamorgan needed to beat Leicestershire to retain a realistic chance of staying in divis- ion one of the County Championship and putting pressure on their opponents and Lancashire, who were both hover-ing just above the drop zone after Surrey beat Yorkshire.

The portents were not auspicious as they had not won this tie for seven years and lost by an innings and 90 runs in Cardiff in July. At Grace Road, history looked like repeating itself as they were asked to follow on again after being ravaged by England's latest pace recruit, Jimmy Ormond.

The hosts managed to add 101 for the last three wickets to post 372, wicketkeeper Neil Burns scoring 111 at No 8, off 131 balls with 19 fours. Similar resistance proved beyond the visitors as they were dismissed for 146. Only Steve James stood firm, carrying his bat for 61 not out, while Ormond picked up 4 for 43.

In the battle for promotion from division two, Warwick-shire were looking to capital-ise on Middlesex's defeat by Hampshire. They quickly polished off the visitors' first innings for 321 at Edgbaston, but then lost half of their side in reaching three figures before young Academy prospect Ian Bell's 80 revived their hopes and they reached 233 for 8.

In the lower reaches of division two, Durham declared on 237 for 7 to set Worcester-shire a gettable target of 251 at Chester-le-Street. Austral-ian Martin Love made 62 and Paul Collingwood added 68 to his first-innings century. The visitors collapsed alarmingly to 81 for 7 as Durham sought their second defeat of Worcestershire within a month.

Sri Lanka wrapped up their largest victory in Test cricket when they beat Bangladesh by an innings and 137 runs in Colombo, booking their place in the final of the Asian Test Championship. Yet despite two successive innings defeats in a fortnight, the fledgling Test nation could take pride in producing the youngest player to score a Test hundred.

Mohammad Ashraful, at the tender age of 16 years and 364 days, scored 114 off 212 balls with 16 fours in putting on 126 for the fifth wicket with Aminul Islam, who made 56. The previous youngest was Pakistan's Hanif Mohammad, at 17 years and 81 days, against India in Delhi in 1960-61. Only in July, Zimbabwe's Hamilton Masakadza had become the youngest debut centurion, against West Indies in Harare, aged 17 years and 354 days.

Bangladesh were dismissed for a spirited 328 with Muttiah Muralitharan claiming 5 for 98, giving him match figures of 10 for 111 and making him the fastest to reach 350 Test wickets, taking 66 Tests compared to Sir Richard Hadlee's 69. After Naimur Rahman fell on 48, Bangladesh lost their last five wickets for 25 runs.

In Harare, South Africa declared on a mammoth 600 for 3 against Zimbabwe. Jacques Kallis remained unbeaten on 157 off 272 balls with 14 fours and five sixes, and Gary Kir-sten eventually fell on 220 off 286 balls, including 33 fours and a six. Zimbabwe's long haul reached 143 for 4, opener Dion Ebrahim making 71 and Andy Flower 54 not out.

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