Glamorgan v Gloucestershire Specsavers County Championship - Match Report Day 3

12 September 2018

Gloucestershire had resumed in the morning on 284 for 6, and after Jack Taylor had scored the two runs he needed to reach his seventh first class century, his seventh wicket partnership of 155 with Ben Charlesworth was ended when the 17 year old, after making a composed 72 was caught at slip off Van Der Gugten.

Taylor then became Van Der Gugten’s fourth victim when he was caught behind the wicket for 112, an innings that lasted 214 balls, with 14 fours and a six, while the bowler completed a splendid morning’s spell of 10-6-12-2.

After Miles and Payne had further punished a tired Glamorgan attack, who were handicapped by a side injury to Ruaidhri Smith, the visitors were all out for 354, with Glamorgan facing four overs before lunch.

After taking 4/42 in the Glamorgan first innings, Craig Miles demolished the home county’s top order when they started their second innings 217 runs adrift. He took three wickets in ten balls without conceding a run to leave them reeling on 6/3 at the lunch interval. He then dismissed Stephen Cook shortly afterwards, with Glamorgan on 34 for 4.

Connor Brown was out first ball, then three balls later Miles trapped Cullen leg before, and in his second over, he dismissed Carlson who collected a pair. David Lloyd then counter attacked with a brisk 54 from 59 balls with nine fours, but there was little resistance as Cooke and Wagg both departed cheaply.

 Smith emulated Lloyd with his attacking approach, and with Bull an able partner, the eighth wicket pair put on 49, before Smith, who had struck seven fours in an enterprising innings was caught behind off Matt Taylor.

Timm Van Der Gugten joined Kiran Bull, with Glamorgan 150 for 8 and 32 overs remaining, and they resisted Gloucestershire’s bowlers for the next 28 overs, with Bull, showing commendable application occupying the crease for 48 overs. They shared a partnership of 73 for the ninth wicket, before Bull was out for 30 and Van Der Gugten  unbeaten on a career best 58.

At close of play today Glamorgan have a slender lead of 18 runs with one wicket remaining. 

Craig Miles said, ”Today was another good day for us, and when I took those three wickets before lunch, I was running in well.”

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