Cricket: Heavy rain forces Glamorgan to settle for draw

Glamorgan were left frustrated after excessive rain forced their Specsavers County Championship Division Two clash with Derbyshire to end in a draw.

The South Wales club were looking to respond to last week’s disappointing ten-wicket defeat to Leicestershire but persistent heavy rain at Derby’s 3aaa County Ground caused the game to end uncompleted.

The rain, sleet, and snow called a halt to play, and ultimately the entire match, in spectacular fashion on the final day with Glamorgan placed at 87-2 in their second innings – ahead by 119. The weather had caused three of the four days to be interrupted in some part leaving the prospect of a result extremely unlikely by the time that the morning of Day Four came around anyway.

Robert Croft’s Glamorgan side had begun the week positively with Will Bragg’s 129 the stand-out knock as Glamorgan’s posted 377 in their first innings. Bragg’s 217-ball show, which including 15 boundaries, was the cornerstone of the visitors’ innings and his, along with able contributions from Jacques Rudolph (35), Chris Cooke (40), and Aneurin Donald (45), helped Glamorgan to their total by tea on day two.

The hosts responded well though, even despite the turbulent weather, posting 345 in reply. For Derby, Wayne Madsen fell just three runs short of a twenty-first First Class hundred, and Ben Slater and Wes Durston hit 62 and 43 respectively as the hosts set about not only chasing Glamorgan’s total, but doing in good time too. There were also impressive displays with the ball as Glamorgan’s Michael Hogan (4-74) and Andrew Salter (3-56) took seven wickets between them to eventually consolidate a first innings lead.

The eventual 32-run advantage at the mid-way stage could have been more had it not been for Andy Carter (39) and Tom Poynton’s (36*) last-wicket stand of 56 at the end of the third day. The host’s 1st innings was eventually wrapped early on Day Four, but there was only time for Jacques Rudolph to post an unbeaten 31 and Chris Cooke, 22, as Glamorgan got to 87-2 before the rain came to deal a final knockout blow.

In total, 138 overs were lost to the weather through the course of the the match and the frustrating draw leaves Glamorgan down in seventh place in Division Two, still on the search for a first win of the season. They will hope that that can change this week for their visit to Kent, who themselves have made a winless start to 2016 before Glamorgan return to Cardiff’s SSE SWALEC Stadium for the visit of Worcestershire on 8th May.

There was some positive news out of the Glamorgan camp, however, after the 2nd XI beat Yorkshire 2’s by 47 runs. Despite a couple of sporting declarations, the win was made doubly sweet by the first signs of a return to form and fitness for club favourite, Dean Cosker, who took 4-77 during the Yorkshire innings.

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