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Glamorgan looking to build momentum

It has been an indifferent start to the 2014 season for Glamorgan County Cricket Club and despite sitting third in the LV County Championship Division 2, they are without a home win in any competition.

It was an emphatic start to the season for Glamorgan, as they beat Surrey by 10 wickets in the opening week, but a series of rain-affected draws and a defeat at Hampshire’s Ageas Bowl followed, leaving the Welsh county slightly frustrated at what might have been.

Hampshire’s run scoring has helped them to the top of Division 2 currently, but everything so far is suggesting that no one will be easing their way towards promotion, as every team appears capable of beating one another.

Graham Wagg’s career best 6 for 29 versus Surrey and Dean Cosker’s 5-39 off 29 overs against Worcestershire have been the only exceptional individual performances from this side whose batting will be causing grave concern, having posted over 250 just twice all season.

The 250-run landmark is significant in that it secures two bonus points towards the County Championship.  The two occasions on which Glamorgan have surpassed this score came in the match against Leicestershire.

The game against Leicestershire was also significant as the only occasion when overseas player Jacques Rudolph has ventured into double figures – scoring a half century in both innings.  If a player of Rudolph’s class were to find consistent form, it could mark a significant improvement to Glamorgan’s chances.

Away from the First Class scene, the NatWest T20 Blast campaign is still in its infancy, having only started on May 16th, but Glamorgan began in fantastic fashion with a 10-run victory over self-proclaimed Twenty20 specialists Hampshire, at Southampton.

Will Owen’s three wickets and a solid all-around batting performance will give the Welsh county plenty of confidence in their limited-overs game this season.  They might be hoping that this form will rub off on their First Class game as well.

An improvement in batting to support what is looking a threatening bowling attack could see Glamorgan genuinely competing for Division 2 promotion, but a lot depends on where they place their priorities.

Previously, Glamorgan have always targeted success in the one-day format and their runners-up finish in last season’s Yorkshire Bank 40 compensated for a disappointing eighth place in Division 2 of the LV County Championship.

This time around, they will be hoping to get the balance right between one-day and four-day cricket in order to enjoy success across the board.

James Harris

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