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June 21, 2013
Glamorgan 164 for 5 (Allenby 56*) trail Worcestershire 505 for 7 (Moeen 250, Pardoe 102, Cosker 4-68) by 341 runs
Moeen Ali's first double-century for Worcestershire heaped scoreboard pressure on a fast disintegrating Glamorgan in Division Two match at New Road.
The 26-year-old left hander's career-best 250, accumulated from 367 balls in a little over eight hours, put his side in the happy position of declaring at 505 for 7 after losing the toss on the first morning.
Glamorgan immediately lurched into trouble, losing two wickets in 20 overs before tea and three more in the final session before closing the second day at 164 for 5, still 192 short of making the hosts bat again.
Worcestershire always felt they could get something out the pitch and their seam trio of Alan Richardson, Chris Russell and Jack Shantry successfully put the theory into practice.
Recalled keeper Ben Cox held two catches, Ben Wright and Marcus North were bowled after making some headway and Matt Pardoe sprawled forward at short midwicket to take a bat-pad chance from Stewart Walters.
It was only in the last hour that Jim Allenby, unbeaten with 56 from 72 balls, checked their momentum with support from captain Mark Wallace.
Earlier, a shoal of statistics gathered around Moeen as he added 95 to his overnight score of 155 before Dean Cosker claimed his wicket when a tired-looking shot found Mike Reed a few yards inside the boundary rope at long-off.
By then he had leapfrogged all of his rivals in the race to be first to 1,000 first-class runs this season. Now on 900, he is 11 ahead of England's Joe Root. A slow surface was made for a batsman intent on playing a long innings, although his performance was not entirely flawless with several shots skewing off the outside edge to the third man area.
But the bottom line could not be questioned when he departed with 26 fours and two sixes to his name. Having posted Worcestershire's first double-hundred in the Championship for nearly four years, he went on to match Graeme Hick, Glenn Turner and Don Kenyon in becoming the fourth player to make 250 or more for the county on the New Road ground.
Nothing much went right for Glamorgan's bowlers when Worcestershire resumed with 322 for 3 on the board from the first day. First they were held up for more than hour by Shantry, the nightwatchman making 32 out of a stand of 70, and even when three wickets tumbled in a dozen balls, they were knocked by a stand of 101 between Moeen and Cox.
Cosker emerged with most credit. After conceding 22 runs in his first two overs on Thursday, he straightened out his figures with a return of 4 for 68.
Apart from dismissing the two top scorers, Pardoe and Moeen, the left-arm spinner took wickets in successive overs, holding a return catch from Shantry and trapping Championship debutant Tom Fell for a first-ball duck.
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