Match Report - Gloucestershire v Glamorgan Day 3

16 May 2019

Both Nick Selman and Marnus Labuschagne posted centuries in a second wicket stand of 226 in Glamorgan’s second innings, as they looked to rescue their Specsavers County Championship Division Two match against Gloucestershire on day three at Spytty Park in Newport.

It was Selman’s first Championship century since he scored his previous career best 142 not out against the Gloucestershire at Sophia Gardens in 2017.

He had shared an opening stand of 133 with Charlie Hemphrey.

Following on with a first innings deficit of 213, the Welsh county reached 359 for one by the close of play, a second innings lead of 146.

Resuming on 241 for eight, 222 runs adrift of Gloucestershire’s first innings total, Graham Wagg and Timm van der Gugten had become Glamorgan’s last pair, as captain Chris Cooke was ruled out of the remainder of the match with an ankle injury, sustained whilst batting on the second day.

Wagg, resuming on 45, brought up his half-century from 90 balls, having struck four fours and one six. But he was dismissed from the next delivery, misfiring an on-drive to short third man off the spin of 20-year old George Drissell, who finished with four for 83. Glamorgan were all out for 250, and subsequently followed on with a deficit of 213.

Nick Selman (45) and Charlie Hemphrey (31), made a cautious but effective start, reaching 80 without loss before lunch against Gloucestershire’s six man attack.

Selman’s half-century came from 91 balls, including six fours as the pair brought up their century stand. Hemphrey reached his half-century soon afterwards, from 107 balls having struck six fours and a six.

Gloucestershire's breakthrough came when Hemphrey was caught behind off left-arm seamer Matt Taylor for 58, ending a 133 partnership.

Selman and Labuschagne, the second wicket pair, saw Glamorgan through to 195 for one at tea, with Labuschagne reaching his half-century from 70 deliveries just after the interval. Their partnership had gone beyond the century mark as Selman crept into the nineties.

With just under five over remaining in the day, Selman and Labuschagne had brought up their two hundred run partnership ahead of the final day in the match.

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