Round-up: Glamorgan join winners but tenacious Taylor keeps them waiting
Monday 18 April 2011
If the First Division of the County Championship – undecided until the ultimate session of the final day last season – promises to be competitive again, the Second Division looks equally difficult to predict.
After only eight matches, seven of the nine teams have a victory.
Glamorgan, who lost at Leicester last week, joined the list by completing a 189-run win over Gloucestershire at Cardiff yesterday.
The only counties still without a win are Surrey and Essex, who are supposedly the two strongest sides in the division.
With Gloucestershire's Chris Dent unable to bat because of a broken finger, Glamorgan needed only to take nine wickets to secure victory, assuming that a target of 385 runs for Alex Gidman's team was unrealistic.
The visitors' top order suggested it would be no easy ride, none more so than Chris Taylor, who survived to be last man out for 83 after batting for almost three and a half hours, surviving a chance put down by Ben Wright at mid-wicket on 59.
But after Ian Cockbain and Richard Coughtrie had shared an opening stand of 62, Glamorgan steadily picked off the wickets, which came rapidly after Jonathan Batty had been fourth out, bowled by James Harris, sparking a run of six wickets for 31 in just over 11 overs.
In the Indian Premier League, Delhi Daredevils secured their first win after two defeats in a thrilling run chase in Mumbai, handing Pune Warriors their first defeat.
Delhi's all-round effort upstaged a superb performance for the Warriors from Yuvraj Singh, who hit 66 off 32 balls, with five sixes and four fours, in Pune's 187-5, and then claimed 4 for 29 from four overs of left-arm spin, but could not prevent a Delhi victory clinched with four balls to spare.
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