July 30, 2003

Worcestershire edge out Glamorgan

Wisden CricInfo staff

Worcestershire 117 for 5 beat Glamorgan 122 for 7 by four runs at New Road (D/L method)

Glamorgan missed their chance to overhaul Gloucester and Surrey at the top of Division One, after losing out to Worcestershire in a thrilling finish at New Road.

In a match that had been decimated by rain, Worcestershire managed a meagre 117 for 5 in 18 overs, although they had been expecting to bat for 23 overs. The match had eventually begun under floodlights at 7.15pm, and when Anurag Singh and Vikram Solanki added 36 in five overs, a healthy total seemed likely.

But Mike Kasprowicz dismissed Solanki for 20, and later added Graeme Hick and Andrew Hall, both for ducks. Only Ben Smith, who finished unbeaten on 43, was able to maintain the momentum.

Glamorgan were set a revised target of 126, and though Mike Powell (33) and Matthew Maynard (32) made good headway, 10 runs from David Leatherdale's final over proved too much. Glamorgan's chase was severely hampered with 15 runs still needed, when Adrian Dale edged a Kabir Ali delivery into his face and was forced to retire hurt.