Cosgrove keeps hopes alive
Glamorgan 164 for 8 beat Surrey 154 for 8 by 10 runs
A Mark Cosgrove half-century and a good allround performance by Jamie Dalrymple helped Glamorgan to a 10-run Friends Provident t20 Cup victory over Surrey in Cardiff. The win kept up Glamorgan's faint hopes of reaching the quarter-finals, while defeat dented Surrey's last eight ambitions.
Cosgrove was the mainstay of the home side's 164 for 8 in their 20 overs after being put into bat. And in reply Surrey, despite an unbeaten half-century for Stewart Walters, were restricted to 154 for 8 with Dalrymple recording figures of 3 for 25.
Glamorgan, who were without the injured Shaun Tait, were heading for a big score until they lost six wickets in the space of 11 balls for the addition of just six runs. But Cosgrove, with 76 from 53 balls with nine fours and a six, helped set the platform for Glamorgan with Jim Allenby (34). The openers put on an impressive 75 for the first wicket from 52 balls.
With three fours coming off one Andre Nel over Glamorgan reached 40 for nought from just fours overs. The ninth over proved to be dramatic with Allenby cracking Stuart Meaker over long-on for six. But the bowler had his revenge as Allenby holed out to long-on and two balls later Tom Maynard was caught behind.
Cosgrove and Dalrymple (33 from 28 balls) kept up Glamorgan's momentum putting on 70 for the third wicket, with Dalrymple cracking Chris Schofield for a four and a six to bring up the 100 in the 12th over.
At that stage Glamorgan looked in full control with Cosgrove, who went to his 50 from 39 balls, planting Matthew Spriegel for six. But after that the Welsh county subsided with three of their batsmen run out.
In reply Surrey, minus the injured Mark Ramprakash, were reduced to 55 for 4 inside nine overs, not helped by losing Steven Davies to the first ball of the innings, stumped off a Robert Croft wide.
There was hope for Surrey while Andrew Symonds was with Walters, but the former Australia allrounder holed out off Dalrymple just after hitting the Glamorgan skipper for six. The pressure gradually built on Surrey who were left needing 18 from the final over. They only managed seven.