June 20, 2001

Hard work for students as Powell and Evans dominate

Richard Thomas of the South Wales Evening Post

Mike Powell and Alun Evans both scored centuries as Glamorgan's batsmen dominated on the first day of their friendly against Cardiff Universities Cricket Centre of Excellence at Sophia Gardens.

Powell, captaining a depleted county side, played himself back into form with a century off 140 balls with one six and 15 fours after Glamorgan were put into bat.

Following CricInfo Championship scores of 0, 0, 1, 1, 7 and 16 in his last three games Powell was in desperate need of some runs.

And against a rather tame student attack he didn't disappoint as he and Evans added 218 in 46 overs. Powell started slowly but his second half-century arrived off just 59 deliveries.

Between lunch and tea Glamorgan went to 115-2 to 311-4, but just before the interval Evans and Powell perished in consecutive overs.

Glamorgan picked just three of the side who played in the first team that drew with Kent at Maidstone last week - skipper Powell, Mark Wallace and Simon Jones.

Wallace was just one of three other batsmen to make notable contributions before Powell declared the Glamorgan innings on 373-7. Opener Ian Thomas made 38, Dan Cherry an unbeaten 34 and Mark Wallace supplied an impressive 19.

The students were held up twice in their first innings by injuries. First wicketkeeper Adrian Shaw hurt a finger taking a leg side delivery from Simon Jones, who in turn hurt his foot forcing Alun Evans to bowl the last three deliveries.

The Students finished the first day on 27-0, 346 behind Glamorgan, with the openers Alex French and James Cook having to survive some good new ball bowling from Owen Parkin and trialist Syed Bukhari.