Morris shows drive

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Derbyshire 464 and 34-1

Glamorgan 379-5 dec

Matthew Maynard, says the grapevine, will be in the Texaco Cup squad today. Glamorgan's captain last played a Test two years ago and, at 30, suspected that his international career was over. England's need of a machine-gun in mid-order, and Maynard's record of making big scores quickly, has revived it.

He made a handsome 35, off 37 balls, against a determined Dominic Cork. His thunder was stolen by the in-form Hugh Morris, with a robust 90, then by Tony Cottey, who took a century off a tiring attack, and finally by the forceful Gary Butcher.

A cold wind off the river meant that only the brave and the barmy saw some excellent cricket on a pitch showing wear. Devon Malcolm's second ball reared to hit Steve James in the ribs. Encouraged, he bowled six hostile overs in which he took two wickets for 16 runs - a reminder that he is probably the only English bowler who could produce such a spell.

Both Colin Metson and James were dismissed with almost identical deliveries: fast, on the off-stump, just short of a length. Metson was not good enough to get out of the way and James had to cope with the added hazard of a ball that also seamed.

Morris retaliated and as Malcolm adjusted his line to the left-hander, he took him for two fours - a clip and an off-drive. Adrian Dale picked off Andrew Harris's odd indiscretion in a lively opening spell, and from 14-2 Glamorgan added 50 in 15 overs.

Cork was brisk with late movement away - enough to induce an edge to slip by Dale. Then came Maynard. He scrambled a single to face Colin Wells, edged the first ball for four, bulleted the next into the boards and crashed the third between bowler and mid-off for four. When he did face Cork again he stood up and drove him to the boundary.

Cork's revenge was neatly planned: he probed on and around Maynard's off-stump and then angled one ball a little wider. Maynard went for the drive only to be caught behind.

Morris remained defiant despite taking a smack on the helmet from Cork. He took treatment and was greeted on his return by another bouncer. This time he ducked in the right direction. With Tony Cottey he added 97 in 28 overs before he drove too freely at Harris.

Cottey and Butcher crashed the ball around, their victims included the recalled Malcolm who, having been Jekyll before lunch, was nearer Hyde by tea. The sixth wicket pair made merry, 154 in 32 overs, until the declaration, at 5.14pm, 85 behind, leaving Derbyshire to face 16 overs in poor light during which they lost Adrian Rollins.

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