Monday, July 1st, 2019


Brett D’Oliveira achieved career best figures of 7-92 as Worcestershire dismissed Glamorgan for 449 on the second day of the Specsavers County Championship match at Sophia Gardens.

The all-rounder had also hit his career best score of 202 not out on the same ground in a Championship encounter in May 2016.

D’Oliveira picked up the final three wickets to fall today after Glamorgan had resumed on 354-6 in their first innings.

His splendid efforts surpassed his previous best performance with the ball in first class cricket of 5-48 against Durham at the Emirates Riverside in September 2015.

D’Oliveira’s final figures were 26.5-0-92-7.

Paceman Adam Finch claimed the other wicket to fall today as Worcestershire finished with two bowling points after Glamorgan reached 403-7 in the 110 overs where points are available.

It was a good recovery by the visitors after Glamorgan’s total had stood on 293-2 at one stage yesterday.

Worcestershire were then given a solid platform to their reply with Daryl Mitchell and Josh Dell seeing off the new ball and putting on 83 in 35 overs.

But no-one was able to play the lengthy and substantial innings required and the County lost wickets at regular intervals in the final session and closed on 191-5 from 69 overs – 258 in arrears.

They will be hoping Ed Barnard – unbeaten on 27 in the number six role – Ben Cox, D’Oliveira and Joe Leach can make the significant contributions they are all capable of when play resumes on the third day.

Club captain Leach and Finch opened the attack this morning and Finch struck with the first ball of the sixth over of the day.

Graham Wagg (4) went for a pull and top edged a catch to Callum Ferguson at mid off.

D’Oliveira came onto bowl and accounted for Lukas Carey (23) who tried to force him through mid wicket and was bowled.

Tom Cullen reached an accomplished half century but on 51 went for a late cut against D’Oliveira and was also bowled.

He wrapped up the innings when Michael Hogan (19) made space to drill the ball through the off side but only picked out Ferguson.

The other bowling figures were: Leach21-5-80-0, Finch 25-4-102-2, Charlie Morris 18-4-59-0, Ed Barnard 19-3-67-1, Ross Whiteley 9-1-35-0 and Daryl Mitchell 2-1-4-0.

Mitchell and Dell safely negotiated five overs from Carey and Hogan in reaching 6-0 by lunch.

The duo did an excellent job in seeing off the eight over opening spells from Carey and Hogan and then began to flourish.

Mitchell collected his first boundary backward of square against Timm van der Gugten and repeated the shot to pick up another four runs.

Dell pulled Wagg for his opening boundary and a similar shot against van der Gugten brought the same reward.

A boundary to Mitchell in the first over from spinner Marnus Labuschagne brought up the half century stand in the 26th over.

The pair had advanced the total to 83 when Dell, having pulled the previous ball from David Lloyd for four, pushed forward and nicked the next delivery through to keeper Tom Cullen after making 36 off 110 balls.

Worcestershire went into tea on 90-1 with Mitchell unbeaten on 37 but he added only six more after the resumption providing Cullen with another catch off Hogan with a delivery which moved across him.

Riki Wessels (9) departed when he flicked at a delivery and fell to a head high catch at second slip off Wagg and Ferguson, having made 29 off 53 balls, was bowled via the inside edge by Dan Douthwaite after looking to force through the off side.

Hogan struck again shortly before the close and bowled Whiteley (17 off 50 balls) via what appeared to his thigh pad.