Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

Leach’s Fine All-Round Performance In Vain As Glamorgan Triumph

Leach’s Fine All-Round Performance In Vain As Glamorgan Triumph

Worcestershire fought hard with the ball today but a record-breaking performance from Owen Morgan helped Glamorgan to a five wicket win in the Specsavers County Championship clash at New Road.

County vice-captain Joe Leach picked up three more wickets to complete an excellent all-round match – 108 runs and eight wickets and demonstrated why he is near the top of the PCA Most Valuable Player rankings.

But no one could dislodge nightwatchman Morgan who scored an unbeaten 103 as Glamorgan chased down a 277 target on a still batsman friendly pitch.

It was the highest ever score by a Glamorgan nightwatchman, beating the 84 by Colin Metson against Kent at Maidstone in 1991.

Morgan is a middle-order player in second-team cricket and here, in only his fourth championship appearance, he looked a more-than-accomplished batsman in facing 242 balls over five hours and 37 minutes.

He hit 13 fours and kept a level head as Glamorgan tiptoed towards their target which was achieved with almost 18 overs to spare.

In taking a conservative approach on the flat pitch, Glamorgan added only 69 for the loss of Jacques Rudolph (25) before lunch but perked up with Will Bragg’s positive contribution of 46 in a stand of 88 with Morgan.

Bragg missed a second half-century of the match when Ben Cox reacted swiftly for a superb leg-side stumping off Charlie Morris.

Then Worcestershire's hopes were further raised when David Lloyd was lbw, playing no shot in the next over from Joe Leach.

But then Aneurin Donald scored 57 from 61 balls until Cox held a comfortable catch from a top-edged pull off a slower delivery from Leach. He hit nine fours and a six in putting on 99 with Morgan.

Worcestershire made their opponents fight all the way after being reduced to 37-5 on the opening morning and eventually conceding a first innings lead of 117.

Joe Clarke, Tom Fell and Leach all impressed with the bat in the second innings.

Glamorgan began the final day at 16-1 and the one real scare for Morgan came on 10 when he edged a ball from Jack Shantry between first and second slips.

After sharing in a partnership of 59 in 32 overs, Rudolph pushed a catch to extra cover off Brett D’Oliveira.

But the game went in Glamorgan's favour thanks to Morgan’s impressive innings.