National League August 24, 2005

Glamorgan ease relegation fears

Cricinfo staff

Division One

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Glamorgan eased their relegation fears with a four wicket win over Gloucestershire. Michael Powell held Glamorgan's run chase together with a composed 69, adding a match-winning 73 with Mark Wallace. Gloucestershire had made a decent attempt at defending 194 with Jon Lewis causing problems with 3 for 35. However, Daniel Cherry chipped in with a useful 38 to rebuild the innings from 40 for 4. Gloucestershire's batting never managed to hit the heights of their extraordinary run chase against Lancashire - when Ramnaresh Sarwan and Mark Hardinges added 221 - and the innings stuttered along. Kadeer Ali and Alex Gidman both struck half-centuries but all the Glamorgan bowlers chipped in and David Harrison was particularly impressive taking 2 for 16 from his nine overs.

Division Two

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Sussex remained on course for the Second Division title after a five-wicket success against Warwickshire with 25 balls to spare. Murray Goodwin was the star with the bat striking a composed, unbeaten, 86 to ensure Sussex did not falter after slipping to 90 for 5. Makhaya Ntini's new ball burst and two scalps for Alex Loudon left the match in the balance but Robin Martin-Jenkins combined with Goodwin to add the final 82 runs. Michael Yardy had earlier undermined Warwickshire's innings with career-best figures of 6 for 27 after Naved-ul-Hasan had troubled the top order. Yardy has become an increasingly useful option for Sussex this summer, with his left-arm spin, but those figure were probably beyond even his wildest dreams.

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