Worcestershire v Glamorgan, New Road, 4th day July 2, 2014

Ajmal helps win it for D'Oliveira

Press Association

Worcestershire 352 (Fell 133, Kohler-Cadmore 85, Hogan 4-73) and 299 for 7 (Moeen 80, Oliver 65, Cosker 5-97) beat Glamorgan 297 (Rudolph 88, Ajmal 5-106) and 105 (Ajmal 7-34) by 249 runs

Saeed Ajmal posted match figures of 12 for 140 as Worcestershire went 12 points clear of Hampshire at the top of the LV= County Championship Division Two table with a crushing 249-run victory over Glamorgan at New Road.

Initially inspired by pace bowler Charlie Morris' opening spell of 3 for 14, they turned to their Pakistan offspinner to wrap up their fifth win of the season and open up a gap of 28 points over third-placed Surrey with a game in hand.

Taking the last four wickets in seven balls without conceding a run, Ajmal finished with 7 for 34, his fifth return of five wickets or more in eight Championship appearances this season.

A victory target of 355 was never seriously on the agenda as the Welshmen were routed for 105. They added only 12 runs from 14 overs in the first hour and in the process the impressive young seamer, Morris, fired out the overnight pair.

Tom Lancefield edged to third slip in the former Oxford Brookes student's first over of the day and a stubborn effort by Andrew Salter ended when he tried to fend off a lifting delivery and saw the ball loop high to Jack Shantry in the gully.

Morris signed off with the key wicket of Jacques Rudolph, driving low to short midwicket, and that was the signal for Worcestershire to call on Ajmal.

Glamorgan, as they may have feared, became puppets dancing to his tune. In his third over Ben Wright became his 50th victim of the season, lapping to deep square leg, and soon after number 51 was in the bag with Chris Cooke's loose drive to mid-off.

With half the side gone for 32, Glamorgan could already smell defeat, but Wiill Bragg, as he had done for nearly eight hours in rescuing his side in the first meeting at Cardiff in May, was ready for a fight in the one troublesome stand with Jim Allenby.

The pair held off Ajmal for an hour, putting on 52 in 16 overs, before Allenby, having hit seven fours in making 35, fell to the spinner. He attempted to clear square leg fence but was brilliantly caught by Tom Fell, running out towards the boundary and taking the ball over his shoulder.

Bragg's patience was finally broken when a big heave across the line resulted in a thin edge to the wicketkeeper. That opened the door and before Glamorgan could blink they were all out after batting for little more than three hours.

Ajmal's wiles were too much Ruaidhri Smith, Mark Wallace and Michael Hogan, two of the last three bowled, and Wallace given out lbw.

Steve Rhodes, Worcestershire's director of cricket, said it was a victory dedicated to Damian D'Oliveira, the county's former player and academy director who died on Sunday.

Rhodes said: "At the start of the game we addressed the players and told them about Damian. There were a lot of sad faces and it almost became a mission to win this game for him. It was a great effort all-round. Even though Saeed Ajmal got plenty of wickets, he couldn't do it on his own.''

Glamorgan's head coach, Toby Radford, said: "We came today knowing it was going to be tough facing Saeed Ajmal on a turning pitch but would have hoped for a better fight than that. We still want to be learning as a side and keep developing. We have to learn from playing against someone like him.''

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  • Jawwad on July 7, 2014, 19:32 GMT

    He doesn't need to do anything to any opposition anymore. Just seeing him batsmen all of a sudden become defensive and in that regards he is already won the battle before it started.

  • Android on July 3, 2014, 19:33 GMT

    Aussies are in for trouble in UAE .Currently the best spinner by far .Spinners like him and herath are a dying breed .Lets hope Jadeja and Lyon in time become as good as these two .Both are in the last stages of their careers but are their respective teams best bowlers (Ajmal and herath ) .

  • Dummy on July 3, 2014, 18:44 GMT

    Team is composed of 11 player and there is no one man team, but when Dared Ajmal leaves for Pakistan series in UAE than wins will not come easily as it is now.

  • Dummy4 on July 3, 2014, 15:38 GMT

    what a performance by ajmal.he got 51 WK in the tournament its look big when we look it the bowling charts the next spinner is Gareth Batty it #15 nmbr who got just 26 wk.all the best champ for 5th july.

  • Owen on July 3, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    @ainsworth - yes, we're not a one man team, the batting especially has exceeded expectations this year, so we won't lose many but the wins won't be as easy to come by once Saeed goes.

  • Amjad on July 3, 2014, 4:49 GMT


  • Rue on July 3, 2014, 3:41 GMT

    Great performance again. Very pleased to see Tom Fell and Kohler-Cadmore get in the runs. I hope they can get more consistent and help take us up.

  • Android on July 2, 2014, 22:17 GMT

    He is a Legend!

  • Paul on July 2, 2014, 19:48 GMT

    Brilliant from Ajmal - yet again! I'm getting a bit fed up with people saying we are a one man team. Just a quick look at the scorecard and you realise that Fell, Oliver, Moeen Ali, Kohler-Cadmore and Shantry all played their part along with Charlie Morris with his 3 early wickets in the 2nd innings. Others such as Gareth Andrew, Cox, Mitchell and Kervezee have all played their part in previous matches. We're certainly not a one-man team - we'll prove it when Ajmal goes off to play for Pakistan in a couple of weeks!

  • Android on July 2, 2014, 18:02 GMT

    ajmal u beauty

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