Glamorgan seal crushing win
Glamorgan 583 for 9 dec beat Gloucestershire 417 and 162 by an innings and 4 runs
Glamorgan continued their impressive recent form to complete back-to-back innings victories in the County Championship with a final-day win over Gloucestershire at the Swalec Stadium.
The Welsh county wrapped the clash up with 25 overs to spare when they bowled out Gloucestershire for only 162 to seal the win by an innings and four runs, coincidentally the same margin of victory they achieved over Northamptonshire last week.
And the wins created some history as it was the first time Glamorgan have won two consecutive first-class games by an innings since they lifted the first of their three County Championship titles in 1948.
It was Glamorgan's fourth win in six outings, taking them to 97 points in the Division Two table. They took 23 points from the contest to six by Gloucestershire, who slipped to their third defeat of the summer.
Gloucestershire resumed the final morning on 12 for 1 in their first innings, still 154 runs behind after Glamorgan had amassed an impressive 583 for 9 declared. Huw Waters set Glamorgan on their way when he struck in the fourth over of the day to have Jon Batty caught low down at first slip by Jim Allenby.
Visiting captain Alex Gidman and Hamish Marshall set about a fightback in a 40-run partnership for the third wicket. But Allenby, who tops both Glamorgan's batting and bowling averages, struck to have Marshall adjudged leg before to a ball that nip backed into the New Zealander.
That left Gloucestershire in some trouble at 65 for 3, still 101 runs adrift, but they found themselves in more trouble when Gidman went lbw attempting to sweep Dean Cosker. James Franklin and Chris Taylor made it to lunch at 92 for 4, but shortly after the interval Cosker struck to remove Taylor, who was caught at short leg by Gareth Rees.
After that the wickets fell at regular intervals and Gloucestershire were not helped when Stephen Snell was run out with a direct hit by Ben Wright, Glamorgan's second innings hero, attempting a suicidal single.
From 113 for 6 Gloucestershire soon slipped to 120 for 7 as Robert Croft trapped James Franklin leg before. It was a wicket that took Croft to 992 first-class wickets for Glamorgan and into fourth place in the club's all-time list of wicket-takers, overtaking Malcolm Nash.
There was some rearguard resistance from the Gloucestershire tail as Jon Lewis hit a flurry of fours and Gemaal Hussain struck Jamie Dalrymple for six. Dalrymple had his revenge with the next ball as Hussain went to a bat-pad catch by Wright. And just as Lewis and Anthony Ireland looked as if they may avoid a defeat by an innings, Ireland was run out by David Harrison.