Glamorgan v Middlesex, YB40 Group C, Cardiff

Simon Jones' double sinks Middlesex

August 14, 2013

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Glamorgan 153 for 9 (Roland-Jones 3-13) beat Middlesex 142 for 9 (Dexter 54, Cosker 3-32) by 11 runs
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Simon Jones showed some of his old spark to claim two key wickets © Getty Images
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Simon Jones took the wickets of Eoin Morgan and Adam Voges with consecutive balls as Glamorgan won their rain-affected Yorkshire Bank 40 Group C match against Middlesex by 11 runs in Cardiff.

It was their second win in three games - they beat Somerset on Monday - as they moved up to second place in the group, level on points with leaders Somerset with a game in hand.

Glamorgan lost the toss and made 153 for 9 in a match reduced to 25 overs per side, but Middlesex, who will struggle to now make the semi-finals, could only make 142 for nine despite skipper Neil Dexter scoring 54 from 52 balls.

Glamorgan made a fortuitous start when Gareth Rees top-edged Steven Finn for six in the first over but Finn got his revenge having Mark Wallace caught at point while at the other end James Harris delivered a tight three overs as the home side reached 31 for 1 after seven overs.

That became 38 for 3 after Toby Roland-Jones struck twice to remove Chris Cooke and skipper Marcus North. Jim Allenby's arrival saw some impetus injected into the Glamorgan innings as he took a four and a six off consecutive balls from Dexter, before Paul Stirling's part-time offspin claimed two wickets.

Allenby holed out on the midwicket boundary before Murray Goodwin top-edged a sweep to short fine leg as the Welsh county found themselves 85 for 5. Harris made that 89 for six as Rees was bowled making 32 from 53 balls.

Some much-needed impetus to the Glamorgan innings came with 14 coming off an Ollie Raynor over including a Ben Wright six over long off and 18 from an over from Harris.

The start of the batting power play saw Wright holing out to Finn ending a 43-run partnership with Wagg, who helped Glamorgan take 21 runs from the final three overs.

Middlesex struggled at the start of their reply. Allenby bowled Dawid Malan with the fifth ball of the Middlesex innings and a good Michael Hogan over saw Joe Denly edge behind to leave Middlesex 14 for 2 at the end of the fourth. Allenby struck again in the seventh over as Paul Stirling drove him straight to mid-off to Middlesex 30 for 3.

And Jones turned the game right in Glamorgan's favour with two wickets in consecutive balls to leave Middlesex 32 for five in the eighth over. He got the prize wicket of Morgan with his third ball helped by a good catch by Cooke diving forward at cover and followed that up by trapping Voges lbw.

But Middlesex recovered through John Simpson and Dexter who put on 59 in nine overs until the impressive Simpson was snaffled at mid-wicket off Dean Cosker, who took three wickets from 11 balls as the Panthers found themselves 138 for 8.

Dexter, with the only half century in the match, got it down to 20 required from the final over but he holed out to the second ball of the final over.

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Posted by hhillbumper on (August 15, 2013, 17:52 GMT)

Simon Jones is one of a the great lost talents of English and Welsh cricket. Always admired his efforts to get fit and he had mastered reverse swing in 2005. He would have had a massive career except for injuries and can only hope the rest of his days bring him more luck

Posted by   on (August 15, 2013, 17:09 GMT)

Kak-mal Khan, I for one remember Jonesy in the 2005 Ashes. He picked up an injury just about the time England enforced the follow-on in the Fourth Test, and partly as a result England had real trouble bowling Australia out a second time. Fortunately, by then he, Harmison, Flintoff and Hoggard had done just enough, though England didn't have much fun next time out without him.

Posted by JG2704 on (August 15, 2013, 8:57 GMT)

Well played Glamorgan who batted well down the order

Glamorgan have now taken over the favourites mantle in the group and it is all in their hands. They probably just need to win their final home game and one of the away games. Doom and gloom as a Somerset fan as it looks like another trophyless season and probable relegation to add salt to the wounds

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