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Championship Report: Warwickshire at Glamorgan

Day Three: Close of play

Warwickshire gained a resounding win at Colwyn Bay with a day and 12 overs to spare, to consolidate their position as leaders of Division 2 with four games remaining.

The margin of victory, an innings and 35 runs, clearly demonstrated the difference between the two teams-the leaders Warwickshire well equipped in every department, with bottom club Glamorgan fielding a young inexperienced team who have been without many of their established players for most of the season.

Warwickshire now have a comfortable lead at the top of the table, and if Kent fail to beat Derbyshire today, they would be clear favourites to return to Division 1. Their captain Jeetan Patel lead by example, ending with 7/83 which included his 800th first class wicket.

Patel mesmerised the Glamorgan batsmen as he exploited the rough created by Keith Barker bowling his left arm seamers from the other end. Not only did the skilful spinner get turn and bounce, but also confused the batsmen with his ability to obtain drift with two slips and a bat—pad in attendance.

This was Glamorgan’s seventh loss, and their third successive innings defeat and without an overseas player and four front line bowlers, it has been a difficult season for everyone concerned. The arrival of Stephen Cook, from South African for the remaining four championship games should bring some stability to the top order and help the young, inexperienced batsmen.

The 35-year-old Cooke has played in four Tests, has scored 44 test centuries and last year played for Durham in the county championship. He will make his debut for Glamorgan in their next championship game against Derbyshire which starts on Tuesday.

After batting for 10.3 overs on the third morning, Warwickshire gained 300- run lead on first innings, and apart from two useful partnerships, wickets fell at regular intervals, especially in the afternoon session.

Nick Selman, who has been out of runs and short of runs, took 32 balls to get off the mark and laboured through 38 overs, facing110 balls before he was out for 14. Carlson and Lloyd put on 56 for the fourth wicket, but the highest partnership came from the last wicket pair of Smith and Hogan.

They put on 63 from only 6.2 overs, with Smith scoring an undefeated 52 from 40 balls, before Hogan was bowled by his opposing captain for an enterprising 28.

Day Two: Close of play

While England’s batsmen were floundering at The Ageas Bowl, the batsman who many would have selected for the fourth Test, was scoring his third championship century of the season- this time a double hundred -against Glamorgan, exceeding 20,000 first class runs, and guiding his team to a commanding position at the end of the second day at Colwyn Bay.

Ian Bell came to the crease in the 11th over, and when he was out 109 overs later for 204, his aggregate against Glamorgan this season stood at 425 having scored 106 and 115- both not out- in the earlier game at Edgbaston. He has been at the crease against the Welsh county this season for 18 hours, faced 743 balls having struck 53 fours and two sixes.

Unlike his centuries in Birmingham, the former England batsman did give two chances- one straightforward, the other more difficult, but his batting overall was again a splendid exhibition of classy strokeplay, punctuated by those glorious trademark strokes through the offside.

There was generous applause when he guided the ball to third man to reach his century, then more acknowledgment four runs later when he reached his personal milestone, and when he was eventually dismissed five overs before the close, Bell was given a standing ovation and handshakes from the Glamorgan players.

When play resumed in the morning, nightwatchman Chris Wright gave his senior partner useful support by putting on 56 before Wright miscued against Meschede and saw his leg stump knocked back.

Sam Hain then joined Bell, to play an attractive innings of 61, only his second championship fifty of the summer- and share a partnership of 121 for the fifth wicket. The stand was broken when Carlson held on to a fierce drive from Hain at extra cover to give Rory Smith his second wicket.

Warwickshire were building partnerships for every wicket, and the stand for the sixth wicket produced another 62 runs, with Tim Ambrose scoring 22 before he was leg before to David Lloyd. Bad light then caused a seven over delay, with Warwickshire needing a further 54 runs in eight overs to gain maximum batting points.

With plenty of time left in the game, they opted to consolidate and build up a sizeable lead and with Keith Barker providing more support there followed another fifty plus partnership stand- the fifth of the innings. Glamorgan’s depleted attack did take an eighth wicket, but by then Warwickshire were 445 for 8- a lead of 242.

Day One: Close of play

Warwickshire’s big away following had plenty to enjoy on the first day of the Specsavers County Championship match against Glamorgan at Colwyn Bay.

The Bears closed the day in the lovely north Wales outground strongly-placed on 116 for three in reply to the home side’s 203 all out.

Olly Stone (four for 28) and Jeetan Patel (three for 23) led a disciplined collective effort with the ball to bowl Glamorgan out before tea. Warwickshire then lost both openers with 43 on the board but Ian Bell, who went to the crease needing 104 runs to reach 20,000 in first-class cricket, reached the close unbeaten on 43 (88 balls) to ensure that his side ended the day narrowly on top.

After early-morning rain, the toss was uncontested as Warwickshire took up the option to bowl to try to exploit moisture in the conditions. They did so efficiently as four bowlers got among the wickets in the first session.

Keith Barker had Nick Selman caught behind in the fifth over and

Ryan Sidebottom removed Jack Murphy in similar fashion in the tenth. If those were regulation catches for wicketkeeper Tim Ambrose, his next was brilliant, diving low in front of slip to pouch Connor Brown off Stone.

From 38 for three, Glamorgan rallied through a half-century stand by Kiran Carlson and David Lloyd but it was broken just before lunch when the former (32, 57 balls) was bowled on the back foot by Patel’s sixth ball.

After taking four wickets in the first session, Warwickshire then followed up with six in the second. Lloyd edged Barker to Bell at third slip and former Bears all-rounder Graham Wagg was trapped lbw by Patel before Stone hit his straps in a blistering spell of 8-2-19-3 from the Embankment End.

He hit Chris Cooke’s stumps with a fast, straight delivery, rattled Andrew Salter’s with a peach of a ball which pitched middle and hit off, then ousted Ruaidhri Smith, caught by Bell at third slip.

Craig Meschede (53 not out, 75 balls) saw his side to a bowling point but was left stranded when Patel bowled Michael Hogan to move to 799 first-class wickets – just one short of becoming only the fourth New Zealander to take 800.

Warwickshire were left with a full session to bat and batting remained far from straightforward as the ball continued to move around. Dom Sibley was lbw, struck on the back leg, to Meschede and then Will Rhodes, having just hit three sweet boundaries from successive balls by Hogan, edged Wagg’s third delivery to the keeper.

From 43 for two, Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott added 63 from 18 overs before the latter 28 (50 balls) drove at Smith and edged to second slip.

Captain ready for Colwyn Bay test

Captain Jeetan Patel insists that Warwickshire’s attitude must be “spot on” tomorrow when they face Glamorgan in pursuit of another victory in their bid for Specsavers County Championship promotion.

The match at Colwyn Bay will bring together Division Two’s top and bottom teams, separated by 91 points, the Bears having won six of nine games and Glamorgan having lost six of nine.

I have never been to Colwyn Bay before so I am excited to be going somewhere new.

Jeetan Patel

The Welsh county has not won in the championship since the opening round in April – but Warwickshire captain Patel will demand that his team shows no trace of complacency  in the pretty but unfamiliar surroundings of Rhos-on-Sea.

“The Glamorgan side has got some very talented cricketers so we are going to have to front up again,” the skipper said. “We have to make sure our attitude is spot on and probably give even that little bit more because Glamorgan will know the surroundings and the pitch better than we do, so we need to make up for that.”

“I have never been to Colwyn Bay before so I am excited to be going somewhere new. There is always a great atmosphere at an outground and I’m sure it will be the same this week.”

Patel would certainly settle for something similar to Warwickshire’s only previous visit to Colwyn Bay, in 2005, when they won by ten wickets. Centuries from Ian Westwood and Jonathan Trott lifted the Bears to 545 for seven before Trott and Jim Troughton got among the wickets to leave a victory target of three – to which Nick Knight and Westwood calmly steered their side in 2.2 overs.

This time round the Bears fans will travel to north Wales with expectations high – both for a win over Glamorgan and, a little further down the line, a successful culmination to the promotion bid.

Patel, who needs just four more wickets to reach 800 in first-class cricket, has no problem with high expectations but is looking no further ahead than the next four days

“The expectations are there, from the spectators and also from us as players,” he said. “We don’t believe we should be in the Second Division and that’s good because we are striving for more. We want to be in the First Division and competing for the First Division title, but you can only play the game’s that’s in front of you and if you start looking too far ahead you can come a cropper.

“The way we played over two days against Gloucestershire last week was very professional with a really solid attitude and that is what we have got to show again.”

From Cardiff Arms Park to Colwyn Bay

Warwickshire head to north Wales in Specsavers County Championship action this week when they face Glamorgan at Colwyn Bay. It will be only the Bears’ second visit to the attractive Rhos-on-Sea venue, their first having been in 2005 when Nick Knight’s side won by ten wickets. Brian Halford recalls that match and others on the Bears’ tour of Wales over the years.

A maiden century, a Bears farewell, a ten-wicket win and a smashed laptop were among the legacies of Warwickshire’s inaugural visit to Colwyn Bay in 2005.

One member of the Bears XI in that game was playing his last match for the club. You’ve got until you reach the bottom of this article to try to recall who it was!

Thirteen years ago, Colwyn Bay became the latest addition to the list of charming Welsh outgrounds at which the Bears have played over the years. After their first championship visit to Glamorgan, a 170-run win at Cardiff Arms Park in 1924, their first eight visits to the Principality were to play at either Cardiff or Swansea.

The tour then began in earnest in 1932 with a trip to Pontypridd where the match was badly affected by an element which does tend to feature in Wales…rain. After a first-day washout left the pitch treacherous, Warwickshire made 111 and Glamorgan replied with 112 before the Bears made five without loss in seven overs second time round, the weather then closing back in.

The tour was underway. Warwickshire returned to Pontypridd in 1937 (another soggy draw) and were to arrive in Colwyn Bay 68 years later via (as well as Cardiff and Swansea many times) Newport, Llanelli, Neath and Ebbw Vale.

The home side usually made the most of their knowledge of the home conditions, beating the Bears in their inaugural visits to Llanelli, Neath and Ebbw Vale, though the game at Neath in 1948 was a compelling one. Glamorgan faced a victory target of only 103 but had to deal with Eric Hollies at the peak of his powers. The great man pared away at the home batting and was closing in on the second ‘all-ten’ of his career – seven for 55 – when Glamorgan crept over the line at 104 for seven.

It was much less tense when Warwickshire triumphed at Colwyn Bay in 2005 – and there were other differences. In 1948, the press tent contained a number of distinguished gentlemen armed with pens, notebooks and a phone by which they would send the latest updates several times a day. It’s safe to say there were no laptops – and all those years later in 2005 one occupant of the Colwyn Bay press tent discovered the down side of laptops. They break.

When Bears’ overseas fast bowler Makhaya Ntini dropped one halfway down, a ferocious pull by Mark Wallace sent the ball roaring into the tent where it smashed a laptop to pieces. With not long to writing-up time, that left the correspondent with a big problem – but help was at hand.

A short time later, at close of play, the owner of the destroyed machine joined friends in the pavilion bar and could be see quaffing pleasantly away while a helpful colleague, a noble character by the name of Halford, remained in the damp, chilly tent on the opposite side of the ground as the gloom descended, sending his colleague’s copy as well as his own.

That copy related a maiden century for Ian Westwood and 152 for Jonathan Trott whose work, along with 68 from Jim Troughton and 64 from Dougie Brown lifted the Bears to 545 for seven in reply to Glamorgan’s 239. After the home side was bowled out for 308 second time round, it left a victory target of three, to which Knight (two not out) and Westwood (0 not out) nervelessly steered their team without loss.

A similar result on the field would be very welcome for Warwickshire this week – perhaps without the destruction in the press tent…

And that farewell in 2005?  South African seam-bowler Dewald Pretorius. Well done if you got it!

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