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June 6, 2010
Glamorgan 261 and 126 for 6 (James 36*, Croft 33) lead West Indies A 151 (Walton 34, Croft 4-39) by 236 runs
Fourteen wickets tumbled on the second day at Sophia Gardens but Glamorgan held the edge with a lead of 236 runs with four wickets in hand. The hosts had the experience of Robert Croft to lead the way with a four-wicket haul to bundle out West Indies A for 151 and then score a crucial unbeaten 33 to rescue his team from a top-order collapse.
Resuming on 11 for 2, the West Indies top order failed to get any partnerships going as the seamer Chris Ashling made early inroads. Andre Fletcher resisted patiently before he was trapped lbw by Ashling for 26. The seventh-wicket stand of 68 between Chadwick Walton and Imran Khan was the best for West Indies A. Croft broke the stand by dismissing Walton before Will Owen claimed Imran. Croft bagged two more lower-order wickets to finish with 4 for 39 while Owen and Ashling took three apiece.
Having conceded a lead of 110, the West Indies seamers came out firing, removing four top-order wickets for 27. Gavin Tonge and Lionel Baker were on target, getting four lbw dismissals in their favour, and by the 21st over, Glamorgan were struggling at 46 for 5. Croft and Nick James began the recovery stand, adding an exact 50 and extending the lead past 200 to make it competitive for the tourists when they begin their chase.
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