Glamorgan's winter of unrest has settled into a summer of growing promise. Yesterday it took the Welsh county just one session and 43 minutes to complete a Championship victory over Middlesex at Lord's and rise to second in the Second Division table.
Having lost a coach, captain and president – and then their first game of the season – the prospects were not bright but another 24-point victory yesterday following a similar success against Kent in their previous outing leaves them only four points adrift of Northamptonshire, the second-tier's pacesetters.
At Lord's it was Dean Cosker and Robert Croft – who have a combined age of 73 – who settled the contest, sharing the remaining four wickets. It meant Andrew Strauss's century on Saturday proved in vain as the home side were dismissed for 398 to leave Glamorgan to score just 28 for a third victory of the campaign.
Tom Maynard, one of the Glamorgan departees over the winter, helped Surrey reach 311 in the CB40 against Hampshire. Maynard hit 79 off only 57 balls but the day's most explosive batting came from Ben Stokes, Durham's 19-year-old all-rounder.
Stokes, a former England Under -19 player who also bowls lively medium pace, is regarded as one of the county circuit's brightest talents and showed why against Warwickshire at Edgbaston. From 113 balls he hit 150, including seven sixes, as Durham reached 286 for 3. It trebled Stokes' previous best score in one-day cricket.
Scotland made 200 for 5 at home to Northamptonshire, with Preston Mommsen leading the way with 81 from 72 balls, including two sixes and six fours.
Sussex reached a healthy 249 in their Group A match against neighbours Kent at Canterbury. Opener Chris Nash's 124 came off 119 deliveries and contained a six and nine fours, while Azhar Mahmood took three wickets for the home side.
Worcestershire were restricted to 155 for 9 by Yorkshire at New Road, with Steven Patterson (four for 43) excelling with the ball. An 88-run stand for the fifth wicket between James Cameron (51) and Aneesh Kapil (44) was as good as it got with the bat for the hosts.