Close of Play Report
Having scored 96 between lunch and tea, Kiran Carlson was looking to consolidate on Glamorgan’s decent position as he resumed after the interval with his team on 256-4, besides further adding to his tally which had taken him to the position of being the leading run-scorer in Division Two of the Championship. It was Billy Root, though, who hit the first four of the session as he cover drove Raine - a shot he repeated in the next over from Miles, who then dropped a sharp chance in the gully as Carlson fended off a ball from Raine.
The visiting captain celebrated his good fortune by steering successive deliveries from McAlindon through backward point for four before Glamorgan secured a second batting point as they reached 300 with Root pulling the young bowler to fine-leg, before reverse-sweeping Patel for four. Carlson also on-drove Patel for four before Root steered a no-ball from McAlindon through the vacant gully for four. He then deftly cut Patel for a couple of fours before cover-driving Scott Borthwick when he entered the attack shortly before the new ball was taken after 80 overs. It had an immediate effect as Raine yorked Root with Chris Cooke joining Carlson with the Welsh county on 340-5.
Having been joined by Chris Cooke, Carlson on-drove de Leede before steering Raine to the vacant third man position as another batting point was secured in the 83rd over. Cooke opened his account with a pair of cover drives against de Leede before Carlson pulled Raine for a single to reach 150 from 200 balls. But later in the over, Cooke was adjudged l.b.w. as Andy Gorvin became Carlson’s new partner. Carlson cover-drove Miles before swatting Raine for four.
However, with the total on 379 Raine re-arranged Gorvin’s stumps before Carlson edged Miles into Robinson’s gloves and departed for 162. Four balls later, Harris was also bowled by Miles before Timm van der Gugten cover drove Miles. Prem Sisodiya also did the same to Raine before being bowled leaving Durham with one over to face.
Having reached 89-3 at lunch, Kiran Carlson and Sam Northeast resumed the batting against Craig Miles and Ajaz Patel with the latter being lofted over deep extra-cover for six and to long-off for four by Carlson. Northeast also guided Miles to the ropes at backward point before on-driving the on loan bowler for another boundary. Carlson then reverse-swept Patel for four prior to pulling Miles for six with Northeast also driving Miles and Patel to the fence at mid-wicket.
Northeast also drove Patel inside-out over cover for four before Carlson scythed McAlindon through the gully for another well-timed boundary. He then reached his fifty, from 72 balls, by square-driving Ben Raine before celebrating by reverse-sweeping and cover-driving Patel to also bring up the century stand. A drive to the ropes at wide long-on also followed later in the over but de Leede returned to the attack and saw Carlson - on 67 - dropped by McAlindon at cover as he spliced a short ball from the Dutchman.
The 200 came up as Northeast steered de Leede through backward point before Carlson did the same to Raine. Northeast then pulled de Leede for four to complete his fifty from 85 balls with Carlson safely steering Raine between slip and gully for four to third man, before under-edging a pull to the ropes at fine-leg as their stand reached the 150-mark. Carlson also unfurled a wristy drive through backward point for four against Patel but Miles then trapped Northeast l.b.w. for 60.
Shortly before tea, and with Billy Root as his new partner, Carlson reached his century - his second of the summer against Durham - from 127 balls by cover-driving Miles.
It’s been a hectic three weeks since Glamorgan’s record-breaking batting performance against Sussex at Hove in their last Championship match, with a return to red-ball action seeing the Welsh county without their first-choice openers in David Lloyd and Eddie Byrom, who are both injured as well as Marnus Labuschagne and Michael Neser who are on duty with Australia. Colin Ingram has returned as the overseas batter whilst Prem Sisodiya makes his first Championship appearance since 25 June 2018 when he played against Northamptonshire at Sophia Gardens.
Andy Gorvin and Andrew Salter also returned to the Glamorgan side with the latter opening the batting with Zain ul Hassan against a Durham attack also bedevilled by injury and featuring Craig Miles on loan from Warwickshire. Salter also struck the day’s first boundary as he flayed Bas de Leede square of the wicket in the fourth over, before two overs later cover driving and flicking the Dutch international to the ropes at square-leg for further fours. ul Hassan also guided Ben Raine through backward point for four before guiding Miles through the slip cordon for another boundary.
Salter then survived a couple of confident shouts for l.b.w. against Raine before ul Hassan cover drove Miles. Salter did the same to Stanley McAlindon to bring up the Glamorgan fifty before driving the youngster to the ropes at long-off. But, with the total on 55, ul Hassan spliced a short ball from Miles back to bowler with Ingram making his way to the middle to join Salter who safely upper-cut McAlindon for four over the heads of the slip cordon before twice driving him through backward point. The youngster then delivered a head high full toss which rapped Salter on his gloves but the opener showed that the delivery - called a no-ball by umpire Neil Pratt - had not left any lasting damage as well as making the perfect riposte by drilling the next ball through mid-off.
de Leede duly returned to the attack at the Lumley End and removed Ingram who feathered a catch down the leg-side into the gloves of Ollie Robinson with the Welsh county on 80-2. One run later the same combination accounted for Salter who edged a short ball to the wicket-keeper as Kiran Carlson and Sam Northeast joined forces.