April 12, 2003

Glamorgan`s batsmen prosper against Cardiff students

Glamorgan`s batsmen took full advantage of a good wicket and friendly bowling in amassing 434 in their first innings of the three day match against Cardiff UCCE at Sophia Gardens.

Five of their batsmen made half-centuries, with only David Hemp missing out against the undergraduate attack. Steve James and Adrian Dale opened proceedings with a breezy partnership of 69 for the first wicket. Adrian Dale played some fluent strokes and showed no ill effects after his recent shoulder operation before being dismissed for 38.

Steve James was equally quick to punish any loose deliveries, and the Glamorgan captain had made 81 in even time before he was caught behind.

In the afternoon session Mike Powell and Matthew Maynard each made attractive half-centuries, and benefitted from time in the middle. Maynard top-scored with 92 from 101 balls, and his forthright innings contained 14 fours and 3 sixes.

Wicket-keeper Mark Wallace also made a jaunty 55 from just 44 balls, and in the post-tea session, Darren Thomas became the fifth Glamorgan batsman to pass the fifty mark before being last out for 57, as Glamorgan were bowled out for 434 in the 83rd over.

The Cardiff students had reached 13 without loss from 8 overs before bad light brought an early end to the day`s play at six o`clock.