Pakistani pair run riot

Glamorgan 304 & 34-1 Pakistan 461-2 dec
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Saeed Anwar and Inzamam-ul-Haq tore the Glamorgan attack to shreds as Pakistan opened their first-class tour in devastating style at Pontypridd yesterday.

They shared an unbroken record-breaking stand of 362 in 73 overs for the third wicket, Pakistan's highest partnership for any wicket on an England tour, beating the 319 opening stand from Mudassar Nazar and Mohsin Khan against Sussex in 1982. It was also the highest recorded by any team for the third wicket against Glamorgan.

Both Saeed and Inzamam passed the previous highest individual score by a Pakistan batsman in matches against Glamorgan, Nazar's 163 not out at Swansea in 1982. Saeed was unbeaten on 219 when the Pakistan captain, Wasim Akram, declared with the total on 461 for 2, scored in 98 overs, for a lead of 157.

Saeed, the left-handed opener, was in superb form, cutting and driving the below-strength Glamorgan bowling almost at will. He had faced 286 balls and hit a six and 31 fours when the declaration came, and he refused to be overshadowed by his partner's greater power and timing. Inzamam struck two sixes and 24 boundaries in his unbeaten 169 off 220 balls.

Glamorgan were given a glimmer of hope in the first session of the day. Saeed and Aamir Sohail had taken their opening partnership to 99 when Aamir, on 49, chopped at a wide one from Darren Thomas and Alun Evans took the catch at point. Ijaz Ahmed fell to the first ball he received - without doubt the best delivery of the day - when he got a lifter that moved across him late and and edged a catch to Robert Croft at first slip. It put Pakistan on 99 for 2 and Thomas on a hat-trick, but his next ball went gently down leg side and Glamorgan did not even sniff another chance.

With the captain, Matthew Maynard, suffering from a virus, it was left to Steve James to try to marshall his limited bowling resources, and off- spinner Croft will not have fond memories of the unrewarded 129 runs he conceded from his 27 overs. Glamorgan lost opener Evans for 18, caught in the slips, in reaching 34 for 1 at the close.

The Kent batsman David Fulton scored a career-best 134 not out against Oxford University at Canterbury - his third hundred in successive years against university opposition. Fulton, 25, shared an unbeaten first-wicket stand of 200 with 20-year-old Chris Walsh, who made 56 not out in his first-class debut, before Min Patel declared 94 runs behind. Oxford were 28 for one at close with an overall lead of 122.

Fulton hit 21 fours and a six in his innings, his first against the Dark Blues, after cracking two hundreds against Cambridge - 109 in 1994 and 116 at Folkestone last year.

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