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Cardiff, May 11 - 13, 2023, County Championship Division Two
109 & 227
(T:79) 258 & 82/0

Glamorgan won by 10 wickets


Michael Neser's four-wicket haul keeps Ashes selectors interested

Worcestershire up against it as Glamorgan head for decisive first-innings lead

Michael Neser celebrates a wicket, Queensland vs Victoria, Sheffield Shield, Day 2, Brisbane, November 11, 2022

Michael Neser celebrates a wicket  •  Getty Images

Glamorgan 177 for 6 (Lloyd 48, Labuschagne 42, Finch 3-39) lead Worcestershire 109 (Harris 4-18, Neser 4-40) by 68 runs
Michael Neser further stated his case for Australian selection this summer with a hugely impressive four wicket haul for Glamorgan in their LV= Insurance County Championship match against Worcestershire in Cardiff.
Neser, in partnership with Timm van der Gugten, ripped through the Worcestershire top order on a slow pitch and moisty morning before James Harris claimed four wickets of his own as the visitors were bowled out for 109.
The Glamorgan top order also found batting challenging on a day where it swung and seamed throughout. They reached the close on 177 for six with runs from David Lloyd and Marnus Labuschagne the bright spot for the home side on a day when the bowlers were in charge.
It was Matthew Waite, in his first full season after leaving Yorkshire, who claimed the big prize of Australia's Ashes hope, Labuschagne, when he inside-edged onto his stumps for 42.
Glamorgan are 68 runs in front on first innings with 16 wickets falling on the first day. The lead is growing and, unless this pitch flattens out as it has done in Cardiff this season in previous matches, it could well prove to be a matchwinning one.
Van der Gugten and Neser were on song from the outset with the pair causing chaos with the new ball to leave the visitors 25 for five. Taylor Cornall was the first to go when he was trapped lbw by van der Gugten. Neser dismissed Ed Pollock and Jack Haynes in the space of three balls, both batters caught in the cordon.
Pakistan international, Azhar Ali, was brilliantly caught by Labuschagne in the slips off van der Gugten. The catch went fast and low and Labuschagne clung on one-handed. Worcestershire captain, Brett D'Oliveira, who was trapped lbw by an inswinger ball from Neser.
There would have been hope of some respite when Neser and van der Gugten came out of the attack, but Adam Hose was dismissed for a 15-ball duck to the first delivery bowled by James Harris. It was a wider ball and Hose tried to smash it through the covers but an inside edge took the ball onto his stumps to leave Worcestershire 34 for six.
"A very weird day," remarked Worcestershire's assistat coach, Kadeer Ali. "Obviously we were disappointing with the bat."
The first meaningful partnership of the Worcestershire innings followed with Gareth Roderick and Matthew Waite taking their team to 66 for six at the lunch break. Neser returned after the interval to break the stand but Roderick and Joe Leach took the score past 100.
A three-wicket burst from James Harris, with the last two falling from consecutive deliveries, finished things up with Worcestershire 109 all out. Harris will be on a hat-trick when he bowls in the second innings.
Joe Leach claimed the early wicket of Eddie Byrom to give the visitors the perfect start but the Worcestershire fielding was sloppy in the opening overs. Jack Haynes put down both Lloyd and Labuschagne in the slip cordon. The two Glamorgan batters put on a stand worth 81 before Lloyd was bowled by Leach for 48, his highest score of the season thus far.
It was after the tea interval that things clicked for Worcestershire. When Lloyd was dismissed, Glamorgan were 88 for two and looked to be cruising to a significant first innings lead before a burst of four wickets for just 21 runs brought Worcestershire back into the game, with Adam Finch the pick of the bowlers with his figures of three for 39.