Glamorgan v Gloucestershire, Cardiff, 4th day April 23, 2014

Bedraggled Glamorgan survive Gidman mauling

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Glamorgan 145 (Wagg 54*, Payne 3-29, Gidman 3-34) and 146 for 9 (Gidman 6-50) drew with Gloucestershire 231 (Dent 52, Cosker 5-46)

Rain and a defiant last-wicket stand combined to thwart Gloucestershire's victory bid on the final day of their Championship Division Two clash against Glamorgan in Cardiff.

The visitors appeared as though they might snatch an last-gasp win, despite the weather, as Glamorgan slipped to 126 for 9 with Will Gidman (6 for 50) cutting a swathe through the order. At that point Glamorgan led by just 40 with just enough time left in the game for Gloucestershire to push on for the win.

But a defiant 20-run last-wicket stand between Michael Hogan and Dean Cosker held the away charge back for long enough to see out the day and ensure Glamorgan escaped with a draw.

The weather allowed just 30 overs of play on the final day, with an hour possible before lunch following a noon start. That was enough time for Glamorgan, who started the day precariously placed at 80 for 3, to lose three more wickets and fall into deeper trouble.

The impressive Gidman struck an early blow, bowling Murray Goodwin for 32, and the score was still on 90 when Jim Allenby followed for a duck. Allenby edged Gidman to his brother Alex at first slip before slow left-armer Tom Smith captured the key wicket of Will Bragg.

Bragg had moved to 43 as the lynchpin of Glamorgan's innings, but when he was caught down the leg side by wicketkeeper Cameron Herring, it left skipper Mark Wallace and Graham Wagg to avoid further damage.

After lunch the rain reprieved them until 4.45pm - with the score on 118 for 6 - before umpires Martin Bodenham and Nigel Llong eventually decided that play could resume.

On the resumption, Glamorgan were soon sweating as Will Gidman struck twice in the same over. Wagg made just 1 before he was caught by Michael Klinger, then the right-armer struck again with his next delivery as Ruaidhri Smith edged to Herring.

Although he was denied a hat-trick, Will Gidman then saw Wallace caught by Herring for 15, leaving Glamorgan reeling on 126 for 9. But Hogan and Cosker successfully shut up shop during almost eight overs of frustration for Gloucestershire's bowlers.

Gloucestershire, who were beaten by Hampshire in their opening championship match, took nine points from the game, with Glamorgan collecting eight.

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  • Mark on April 24, 2014, 8:05 GMT

    @CadandChips I can't see him being called up now unless he has a very impressive run of form. Two years ago he had the season of his life and must have been close - last season he was several notches below his best. Part of his problem is that Gloucs's one-day form has been iffy at best with the exception of the first half of last season: it's hard to get good stats in a side that is being hammered by all-comers.

    England could do worse. Mark Alleyne played 10 ODIs and let no one down. I think though that the idea of bowling someone of Jon Lewis's pace though has been forgotten in the desire for someone to bowl quick, despite Ravi Bopara's success with the ball at keeping batsmen quiet and nipping-out wickets.

  • Paulo on April 24, 2014, 7:18 GMT

    @landl47 I guess he's got an outside chance of a test place given Woakes has started poorly with the bat and Stokes is injured.

    @CricketingStargazer His list A stats aren't great, but he's got to be better in ODIs than Stokes or Woakes. Also with Willey injured there isn't a clear seam-bowling alrounder. Napier perhaps? But with Scotland in 2 weeks, and no domestic list A games, I doubt he has any chance of an ODI place.

  • Mark on April 24, 2014, 6:48 GMT

    @Landl47 Two seasons ago people were saying that Will Gidman *ought* to be in the ODI squad. He's a player in the Mark Alleyne mold: bowls at Jon Lewis's pace, but with enough guile to take good wickets (who took a 4-for when the Australians were rolled over for 80-ish in 2005?) and is a decent bat.

    It's a pity that we couldn't quite force the win. With the two best bowlers already out injured the attack lost another bowler during the game and couldn't quite compensate. Speaking to the Radio Bristol commentator in the morning he seemed to think that even an hour of play in the full day might be optimistic.

    Glamorgan were guilty of some pretty blatant time-wasting at the end as the light faded, but did no more nor no less than any other side would have done and it didn't affect the number of overs bowled. Gloucs bowlers just lost their cool a bit as they got frustrated and tried a bit too hard when "bowl straight and make them play" was needed.

  • John on April 23, 2014, 22:05 GMT

    Will Gidman didn't get a regular county spot until later in his career, but a batting average of 35 and a bowling average of 21 are impressive. He might have trouble on flat pitches (and the CC Division 2 is a world away from test cricket), but there are worse allrounders who have turned out for England.

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