Unicorns score first CB40 win of season
Unicorns 192 beat Glamorgan 184 by 8 runs
Unicorns left it until the final game of the competition to pick up their first Clydesdale Bank 40 win of the season, beating a dismal Glamorgan side by eight runs at Wormsley. The result alone did not tell the full story, though, with just three Glamorgan batsman making double figures as they came up short in the chase of a modest 192. Captain Alviro Petersen scored 93, more than half of their eventual 184, with Stewart Walters (60) and Aneurin Norman (15) his only support.
James Ord's 53 had been the highlight of Unicorns' unspectacular total, and they would not have expected to take the two points at the interval. Chris Cooke ran out Unicorns' Matt Thornely for 21 early on, and when James Campbell was stumped off the bowling of Michael O'Shea they were reduced to 51 for 2.
A 44-run partnership between Ord and Jayden Levitt ended when the latter was trapped by Nick James, with Bradley Wadlan and Keith Parsons quickly following him back to the pavilion. Ord and Josh Knappett then put together a respectable 55 for the sixth wicket, but when Ord fell to Graeme Wagg, it was the catalyst for a collapse that wrapped up the innings.
Gareth Rees went to the sixth ball of Glamorgan's reply, nicking behind off Glen Querl who would end up with 3 for 33. Petersen could only stand and watch as Will Bragg became the paceman's second victim, and it was only when Walters joined him at the crease that something started to happen.
The pair put on 145 for the third wicket, with Walters impressing with an 84-ball innings until he found Querl's hands off the bowling of Thornely. The wickets began to tumble again, with James going for four, Cooke getting cleaned up by Luke Beaven for a duck and Wagg being pinned in front of his stumps by the same bowler.
O'Shea and Mark Wallace were then run out as Glamorgan pressed the panic button and, when Norman went to Querl after a quick swing of his bat, the game was almost up. The Glamorgan performance was summed up by the loss of Alex Jones for another run out, with Petersen still unscathed, carrying his bat for 112 balls, ending unbeaten with six fours and two sixes.