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Championship Report: Warwickshire v Glamorgan

Day Four

Ian Bell completed two unbeaten centuries in a match as Warwickshire cemented their place at the top of Specsavers County Championship Division Two with a four-wicket win over Glamorgan at Edgbaston.

Bell followed his first innings 106 not out with an unbeaten 115 (164 balls, 17 fours) to takes his side to their target of 294 with 20 overs to spare.

It was the second time he has scored two hundreds in a match and the first at Edgbaston. He previously achieved the feat against Lancashire at Old Trafford in 2004.

Bell was well-supported by Jonathan Trott (67, 107 balls, six fours) and Will Rhodes (61, 120 balls, eight fours) as Glamorgan ended up comfortably beaten in a match in which they competed hard and which was finely-poised for three days.

Only on the final day when the pitch flattened out, did the Welsh county’s challenge fade to leave them nursing a third successive championship defeat.

For Warwickshire, it was a fourth successive victory which sends them in confident mood towards next week’s mouth-watering clash with nearest pursuers Kent at Tunbridge Wells.

Warwickshire resumed on the final morning on 25 without loss and Rhodes and Dominic Sibley took their opening stand to 68 in 27 overs before the latter (19, 88 balls, two fours) chipped spinner Andrew Salter to mid-wicket.

Rhodes, having begun his innings by avoiding a king pair, reached 50 from 89 balls while Bell settled immediately. His first-innings century, constructed with care while wickets tumbled around him, was a slow-burner but second time round he batted more fluently from the off. He went into lunch having already hit seven fours on his way to 36 from 53 balls.

Warwickshire were 119 for one at lunch and lost Rhodes before adding another run when the opener edged an excellent ball from Salter to wicketkeeper Chris Cooke. But if that gave the visitors a glimmer of hope, it was soon snuffed out by Bell and Trott.

Bell reached his half-century in 69 balls and Trott followed to his in 82 as they eased the score forward under little time pressure.

Trott passed 18,000 first-class runs just before falling lbw to David Lloyd having scored 67 of a stand of 113 in 30 overs. Lloyd then bowled Hain for a second-ball duck but Tim Ambrose (21, 33 balls, three fours) joined Bell in an partnership of 54 in 12 overs.

Salter returned to trap Ambrose lbw and lure Keith Barker into a fatal top-edged sweep but there was no shifting Bell who won the match with his 29th boundary of it.

Day Three

Usman Khawaja’s debut century for Glamorgan against Warwickshire has set up a fascinating final day in their Specsavers County Championship match at Edgbaston.

Khawaja’s classy 125 (143 balls, 16 fours, one six) – his 23rd first-class century – lifted Glamorgan to 323 all out, setting the home side a victory target of 294.

Warwickshire closed the third day on 25 without loss – leaving both teams with everything to play for on the last day.

The home side have their sights set on a fourth successive championship win to reinforce their place at the top of Division Two while Glamorgan are scenting their first championship victory over Warwickshire since 1993.

This excellent match has ebbed and flowed throughout. On the third afternoon, Australian Test batsman Khawaja, on his first appearance for the Welsh county, and Chris Cooke, in his first as captain, added 115 to tilt the match their team’s way before Warwickshire hit back to take the last five wicket for 39 runs.

Glamorgan resumed on the third morning on 55 without loss and soon lost Nick Selman (42, 69 balls, six fours), who chipped Keith Barker to mid-wicket, and Connor Brown, who edged Chris Wright behind.

Jack Murphy dug in deep for 25 (80 balls, four fours) before he was yorked by Henry Brookes and the young seamer also ended the stubborn resistance of Owen Morgan (nine from 46 balls) when he won an lbw decision.

On a pitch offering the spinners less, rather than more, assistance as the match lengthens, Khawaja and Cooke applied themselves skilfully to add 115 in 28 overs. Uprooted before he could settle in the first innings, second time round Khawaja batted fluently for 205 minutes. He lifted Jeetan Patel for a straight six before falling lbw, trapped on the back foot, to the spinner.

Warwickshire struck twice with a new ball straight after tea when Cooke (59, 140 balls, seven fours) edged Brookes to wicketkeeper Tim Ambrose and David Lloyd fell lbw to Barker. Ruaidhri Smith clubbed four useful fours then edged Wright to Dominic Sibley at second slip.

Andrew Salter became the ninth Glamorgan wicket in the match to fall lbw when he missed a straight one from Patel before Lukas Carey edged Wright to Sibley.

That left Warwickshire with 13 overs to bat in the day and Will Rhodes and Sibley came through unscathed to lay a sound platform for the final-day chase.

Day Two

Ian Bell’s first Specsavers County Championship century since April 2016 earned Warwickshire a narrow  first-innings lead over Glamorgan on a gripping and hard-fought second day at Edgbaston.

In reply to 220, the Division Two leaders were bowled out for 250 with Bell left unbeaten on 106  (248 balls, 12 fours).

His 53rd first-class century (and first against Glamorgan – he now just needs Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Yorkshire to complete the set), Bell’s innings was a work of substantial concentration.

He took more than three hours to reach 50 and then, perhaps fuelled by determination to make up for a bad call which ran out Jonathan Trott (57, 88 balls, nine fours), advanced to his ton in five minutes short of six minutes.

Glamorgan pared away effectively at his partners, though. Led by Timm van der Gugten (four for 65) and Lukas Carey (three for 56), they bowled collectively well to maintain pressure on the batsmen. Then then reached the closed on 55 without loss in their second innings to leave the game finely-poised.

After Warwickshire resumed in the morning on 24 for two, Bell and Trott extended their alliance to 81 but then hit the self-destruct button. Bell played spinner Andrew Salter to mid-wicket, there was a yes, no, yes and the helpless Trott, having batted with great fluency, was beaten by David Lloyd’s throw.

Salter’s return catch removed Sam Hain just before lunch before Glamorgan hit hard in mid-afternoon with a burst of three wickets for nine runs in five overs. Carey struck twice in an over as Tim Ambrose was brilliantly held by Nick Selman at second slip and Keith Barker was bowled by one that kept low. When Jeetan Patel sent a return catch back to Salter, it was 174 for seven.

Chris Wright (29, 89 balls, two fours) offered Bell resolute support in an eighth-wicket stand of 69 in 25 overs but, just as Warwickshire were eyeing up a match-shaping lead, Van der Gugten returned to take the last three wickets in six balls. Fast, straight deliveries did for Wright and Henry Brookes, lbw, and Josh Poysden sliced his first ball to gully.

Glamorgan openers Selman and Jack Murphy then batted carefully and competently through 18 overs to remain unparted and leave their side eyeing up a serious tilt at their second championship win of the season with Warwickshire set to bat last on a turning pitch.

Day One

A career-best five for 29 from Warwickshire leg-spinner Josh Poysden continued Glamorgan’s batting struggles on the opening day of their Specsavers County Championship match at Edgbaston.

The Welsh county chose to bat, aiming to at least double their haul of just three batting points collected from the first four games.

But they added just one more as, on a slow pitch, they were bowled out for 220 after Poysden, playing his first championship game of the season, dismantled the lower order.

Australia Test star Usman Khawaja made just four on his debut and, though David Lloyd  made 39 (69 balls, six fours), Owen Morgan 36 (125, five) and Chris Cooke 34 (53, six), no-one built the big innings required.

The total looks well under par, though Glamorgan fought back well in the last session, removing both Warwickshire openers to leave the home side on 24 for two at the close.

After Chris Cooke, captaining Glamorgan for the first time, won the toss, young openers Nick Selman and Jack Murphy added 44 in 14 overs. They were parted by Henry Brookes when Murphy was adjudged lbw by Indian umpire Yeshwant Barde, officiating in the first match of his exchange trip.

Connor Brown then edged Chris Wright behind and Selman (30, 74 balls, four fours) bat-padded Jeetan Patel to short leg.

Khawaja’s uncomfortable, 47-minute stay was ended by a Keith Barker inswinger and Barker should have immediately also dismissed Cooke, who was dropped on nought by Dominic Sibley at second slip. The captain survived to add 57 in 15 overs with Morgan before misreading Poysden’s first ball and falling lbw.

Poysden struck again in each of his first two overs after tea when Morgan was lbw and Andrew Salter clipped to short mid-wicket.

Lloyd, having batted forcefully to pass 2,000 first-class runs in his 50th match, then departed deeply unimpressed with the decision that he had edged a ball from Patel on to pad before Tim Ambrose reached forward to catch it.

Ruaidhri Smith became the fifth lbw casualty when he missed a sweep at Poysden who bowled Lukas Carey first ball to complete his five-for.

Glamorgan hit back hard when the home side replied as Carey rattled Will Rhodes’ stumps with the first ball of the innings and  Timm Van der Gugten castled Sibley with the 56th.

Both sides are depleted in the seam-bowling department with Warwickshire’s Olly Stone and Ryan Sidebottom ruled out by side-strains and Glamorgan missing captain Michael Hogan and Marchant de Lange due to hamstring injuries.

Troughton wants Bears to continue red ball momentum against Glamorgan

After three weeks of 50-over cricket, the Bears switch back to a red ball and the longer format in which Jeetan Patel’s side will be looking to take up when they left off.

Before the white-ball break, three successive championship wins lifted them 15 points clear at the top of Division Two.

The guys played some excellent red-ball cricket before the break so it’s a question of getting back to those skills and hopefully carrying on the momentum which we had built up.

Jim Troughton

First-team coach Jim Troughton said: “The guys played some excellent red-ball cricket before the break so it’s a question of getting back to those skills and hopefully carrying on the momentum which we had built up.

“It can be difficult switching from one format to another so batters will be in today hitting lots of red-ball in practice. It’s the same for all teams, of course, so we have just got to be as well-prepared as can be.”

Troughton was in the Warwickshire team last time Glamorgan visited in the championship, in 2008. His first-innings half-century helped the Bears round off their promotion season with a 179-run win which owed much to the first ten-wicket match haul of Chris Woakes’s career.

This time round, the Bears will again be without seamer Ryan Sidebottom who is not quite ready to return from a side-strain. He should be back to figure in at least one of the back-to-back away games against Kent and Durham later this month.

Glamorgan’s top order will be boosted by the introduction of Australian batsman Usman Khawaja, signed to replace countryman Shaun Marsh who has been called up to Australia’s one-day squad. The Welsh county hope Khawaja can bolster an otherwise inexperienced top-order which has garnered only three batting points from the first four games.

From a batsman to a clergyman - Brian Halford recalls Jack Parsons performance against Glamorgan in 1927

When Warwickshire batted first against Glamorgan at Edgbaston in 1927, they were given a flying start by Len Bates.

Son of the former groundsman, and survivor of the First World War trenches, Bates struck an aggressive 79, but when he was out, the score was 135 for three and the game was even. Then Jack Parsons walked out to join veteran Billy Quaife at the crease.

When they were parted, shortly before the close of the first day, the game was a lot less even. Warwickshire were 450 for four after a record fourth-wicket partnership worth 315 – of which Parsons’ share was 225.

Quaife, as befits a chap aged 55, was content to play a gentle, minor role while the gifted Parsons unfurled glorious strokes galore – 35 fours and a six – in what was to remain the highest score of his unique career.

Warwickshire’s history contains many fascinating and impressive characters but few boast a CV as diverse as John Henry Parsons. Educated at Bablake School, Coventry, he made his Warwickshire debut as a professional in 1910 before serving as a Cavalry Officer during the First World War. After the conflict he returned to Edgbaston to play as an amateur, turned professional again in 1924 and then reclaimed amateur status in 1929, by which time his life and career had taken another big twist – and found its true vocation.

Parsons’ 225 against Glamorgan arrived during his best season. In 1927 he average 50.63 and knocked hard on the door of the England team. An England call never came but, the following year, another call did.

During a match at Edgbaston in 1928, Parsons was padded up, waiting to bat, when the vicar of St Anne’s Church, Moseley, came into the dressing room (access was evidently quite open in those days!) and told him the Archdeacon of Coventry wanted to see him. Parsons, who regularly attended St Anne’s, was viewed as good clergyman material – and it transpired he was receptive to the idea. The following year he became the first professional cricketer to be ordained as an Anglican minister. More than 50 years followed in the clergy, though for the first five of them he continued to play for Warwickshire.

Spectators at the Glamorgan game in 1927 were left to ponder why Parsons never got the nod from England’s selectors. Driving and cutting with the sweetest timing and placement, he scored 100 of the first 145 runs of his partnership with Quaife. Most of his 35 fours never lifted the crimson rambler an inch from the lush Edgbaston turf. It was beautiful batting.

Parsons’ stylish work laid the platform for a commanding win. Glamorgan, still quite new to the championship and acclimatising to first-class cricket, were bowled out for 181 and 283. And most of the damage was done by a man who sadly lacked Parsons’ serenity of soul or longevity, veteran fast-bowler Harry Howell who took four for 68 in the first innings and four for 56 in the second.

While a long and happy future lay ahead for Parsons, for Howell, that was not so. He was in the twilight of his fine career and also of his life.

A former Wolves midfielder, and as working-class Brummie as could be, Howell had enjoyed a long career, peaking in 1923 when he ripped through reigning champions Yorkshire for ten for 51 to become the first Warwickshire player to take an all-ten. Four years later his fourth wicket in Glamorgan’s first innings was his 950th in first-class cricket – sadly, only 25 more remained. While Parsons went on to spend a content half-a-century as a clergyman, latterly in the westcountry, his former team-mate Howell was to live just another five years before, having run an off-licence for several years, he died, aged 41, of liver and kidney problems.

Opposition Overview: Warwickshire vs Glamorgan – Specsavers County Championship 2018

Glamorgan Overview

Specsavers County Championship – Division2- Last season 7th.

Royal London One Day Cup – South Group- Last season 4th.

Vitality Blast – South Group. Last season, beaten in Semi Final.

Captain(s) – Michael Hogan(Championship), Colin Ingram (White ball)

Head Coach – Robert Croft.

Overseas Player- Shaun Marsh.

Ins and Outs – Retired- Jacques Rudolph, William Bragg.

Man on a Mission

Nick Selman. The 22yr old Australian opener was Glamorgan’s leading run scorer in Championship cricket last season, scoring four centuries. After a successful winter playing grade cricket in Sydney, he has the attributes to improve further and develop into the solid opening batsman that the county have lacked in recent years. A keen student of the game – last season he sought Steve James’s advice after reading the former Glamorgan and England opener’s book The Art of Centuries – he also played three T20 games, and showed plenty of aggression by scoring 66 from only 42 balls against Somerset.

One to Watch

Lukas Carey. After taking seven wickets against Northants on his Championship debut in 2016, the 20yr old seamer from Pontardulais continued to improve during his second season. After being assessed by ECB’s Geoff Arnold, he spent time at Loughborough during the winter, and much is expected of Carey, who took 35 wickets at 30 last year, and also featured in white ball cricket. He has a good action, is strongly built, and moves the ball sufficiently through the air and off the pitch to trouble top order batsmen.

Local Hero

Colin Ingram. He may be from South Africa – but ask any young supporter “who is your favourite Glamorgan player?” and the reply is always the same. The hard-hitting left-hander continues to delight young and old with his entertaining approach, and after winning trophies for sixes struck during the past two seasons, they will hope for more of the same – as he leads Glamorgan for the first time in white ball cricket this summer. Although Ingram will not be playing Championship cricket this year, there will be plenty of opportunities for his fans to watch their hero despatch the white ball into the River Taff.

Prospects for 2018

The emergence of several young players, and the arrival of Shaun Marsh, one of Australia’s most successful batsmen in the winter Ashes series, have renewed hopes of an improved season for Glamorgan.

Marsh, with his sound technique and experience of English (and Welsh) conditions, should stabilize the top order, while his presence in the dressing room and advice to the younger players will be invaluable.

Glamorgan ended last season in style, with a five- wicket victory against Kent – achieved by a team that included six Welsh born players. They confirmed the promise they had shown throughout the season and most of them will start the new campaign in the first eleven.

Nick Selman, the club’s leading scorer in championship cricket last year, and Kiran Carlson, who scored a career best 193 against Gloucestershire, should develop further with Marsh and Chris Cooke providing a solid middle order.

The bowling unit with an established group of seamers, led by Michael Hogan, should again prosper, and if Andrew Salter has benefited from his winter in New Zealand, where he was coached by the former Kiwi Test spinner Jeetan Patel on an ECB Overseas Placement, his off spin will add variety to the attack.

Glamorgan will be hoping to continue the good form they showed in one day cricket, where they narrowly missed qualifying for the latter stages of the Royal London One Day Cup, before reaching the semi- finals of the T20 Blast competition.

With Marsh available for all formats, the omens are favourable for an improved season.

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