Wednesday, June 29th, 2022


Worcestershire went down fighting by three wickets in a see-saw LV=Insurance County Championship encounter with Glamorgan at New Road.

The game was perfectly poised heading into the final day, with Glamorgan needing 100 runs and Worcestershire five wickets for victory.

Joe Leach picked up two wickets this morning to give him a match analysis of 8-117 in his comeback match after injury.

The other Worcestershire bowlers also plugged away on a wicket where the occasion delivery still reared up.

But 99 not out from Glamorgan batter Billy Root saw Glamorgan to victory after lunch was delayed to allow the game to be completed.

Worcestershire remain well in the battle for promotion hunt when they return to red-ball action against Middlesex on July 11.

There were plenty of positives from the overall performance in a game which could have gone either way and was decided by fine margins.

The second new ball was immediately available with Leach, who had taken a career-best 6-44 in the first innings, and Charlie Morris sharing the attack.

Root resumed on 46, and he brought up a 99-ball half-century.

One delivery from Leach climbed and flew past the outside edge of nightwatchman James Harris.

He had survived 38 balls before driving at Leach and edging through to keeper Gareth Roderick.

Root on 74 was relieved to inside edge a delivery from Dillon Pennington just past his leg stump.

Tom Fell, a concussion replacement for Taylor Cornall, produced a superb one-handed catch at third slip to dismiss Cullen after Leach returned to the attack.

Michael Neser survived a difficult one-handed caught and bowled chance on two after Ed Barnard came into the attack.

But the pace bowler struck a series of boundaries to seal a Glamorgan win and leave Root one short of his century.