Glamorgan v Gloucestershire
Chris Dent maiden one-day century caps seven-run victory
Yorkshire Bank 40 -
19 May 2013
Gloucestershire win by seven runs
Chris Dent scored a maiden one-day century to help Gloucestershire to an exciting seven-run victory over Glamorgan in Group C of the Yorkshire Bank 40.
Dent’s 151 not out led Gloucestershire to 288-5 from their 40 overs before Mark Wallace (118 not out) and Graham Wagg (54) saw Glamorgan fall just short as they ran out of balls on 281-6.
On an easy-paced pitch, Dent was able to help Gloucestershire punish Glamorgan’s attack after being put into bat by former team-mate Marcus North.
The visitors lost Hamish Marshall (13) early on, but were nevertheless not hanging about at the crease, with Dean Cosker’s first two overs conceding 19 runs.
Gloucestershire lost captain Michael Klinger for 40 from 47 balls, caught off a leading edge at cover, but the 100 came up in only the 16th over, with Dent bringing up his half-century off 39 balls.
Former England paceman Simon Jones, playing his first game of the season, did peg Gloucestershire back briefly by bowling a maiden to Dent, whose previous List A best score was just 36.
Gloucestershire reached the halfway stage in a good position at 120-2, but they lost Alex Gidman (23) to Will Bragg.
Dent, though, continued his assault on the Glamorgan bowlers and brought up his century off 89 balls, including 10 fours and 2 sixes.
In the final 10 overs Gloucestershire racked up 110 runs, with Dent remaining instrumental as he put on 45 with James Fuller in just 19 balls.
Glamorgan made a disastrous start to their run-chase, with Bragg out for a duck, trapped lbw by Fuller’s second ball, and then Chris Cooke removed by the same bowler for 15.
The home side’s hopes looked dashed when North was run out for five with a direct hit from Benny Howell, leaving the scoreboard reading 27-3.
But Wallace and Jim Allenby (39) launched a recovery, with a slog sweep for six by the latter bringing up the Glamorgan 100 in the 17th over.
Wallace shared in partnerships of 95 with Allenby in 12.3 overs and then 67 with Murray Goodwin (36).
But it was the Wallace-Wagg alliance that so nearly brought Glamorgan victory. The pair put on 82 in 8.4 overs to bring the prospect of victory ever closer.
Glamorgan had needed 100 off the final 10 overs, but that was brought down to 60 off six overs and then 31 off three overs as Wallace reached 100 off 98 balls and Wagg struck three big sixes.
But with 18 needed off eight balls, the pressure mounted on Glamorgan and Wagg holed out to Marshall at long-on off Fuller.
The 17 required from the final over proved too much for Wallace and Will Owen as Gloucestershire held on for the win.
Glamorgan won the toss and elected to bowl.
William Bragg | Mark Wallace | Christopher Cooke | Marcus North | James Allenby | Murray Goodwin | Graham Wagg | Will Owen | Dean Cosker | Simon Jones | Michael Reed |
Hamish Marshall | Michael Klinger | Christopher Dent | Alex Gidman | Benny Howell | Ian Cockbain | Gareth Roderick | Edward Young | James Fuller | David Payne | Liam Norwell |