Close of Play Report
Glamorgan had reached 193-5 at tea as Jan Gray and Tim Wyatt bowled in tandem with Carlson nurdling Wyatt for four to bring up the 200. Lieberman returned after six overs with Gray keeping things tight at the River End. After watchful reconnaissance Cullen swept Gray for four before Carlson repeated the stroke later in the over, followed by another sweep in the next over against Phillips before reaching his hundred with a flowing cover drive against the left-arm spin of Max Tryfonos – his 158th delivery and thirteenth boundary.
The sixth wicket pair continued to steadily accumulate against the slow bowlers as the students persisted with spin despite the availability of the new ball after 80 overs. Their century stand came up after 93 minutes before Carlson harpooned Tryfonos over mid-wicket for six followed by a lofted drive to long-on for another maximum.
The flurry of runs prompted the new ball to be taken after 88 overs as Lieberman and Wyatt returned. Carlson upper-cut Wyatt for four before departing l.b.w. later in the over for 148. 318-6 then became 318-7 as Alex Horton departed in identical fashion in Wyatt’s next over as Ben Kellaway joined Cullen for the closing overs.
Glamorgan resumed on 95-2 after lunch with Carlson cover-driving Lieberman to see his team into three figures before Cooke completed his fifty from 105 balls by repeating the stroke in the seamer’s next over. Cooke then flicked Tim Wyatt to square-leg but later in the over he edged a drive and was well caught by Smale who dived across to his left in front of the slip cordon. 111-3 nearly became 111-4 as Carlson bisected the slips as he also edged a drive against Lieberman.
Billy Root began by square-cutting Simpson for four before Carlson plundered a pair of boundaries through the offside against Ahmed, followed by a deft late-cut against Phillips when the off-spinner returned at the Cathedral Road End. The students then switched to an all-spin attack as the leg-spin of Jan Gray was re-introduced. Carlson lofted him to long-on for four before completing his fifty from 94 balls by cover-driving the student.
With the score on 175 Phillips removed Root who edged a cut into Smale’s gloves as Dan Douthwaite became Carlson’s new partner. He began by on-driving a rare loose delivery from Phillips for four but was then lured down the pitch by Gray and smartly stumped by Smale. 182-5 saw Tom Cullen make his way to the middle before Carlson cover-drove Phillips in the last over before tea.
Given the hectic schedule, with six matches over the course of the next six weeks, Glamorgan have rested a number of players for this three-day friendly which, in line with the matches played by the other UCCE teams, does not count as a first-class fixture. Amongst the Academy players appearing in this game for Glamorgan will be Harry Friend, the highly promising opening batter from Monmouth School, plus Ben Kellaway – the middle-order batter and off-spinner from Chepstow CC and Clifton College, plus seam bowler Ben Morris from Abergavenny CC.
Two other Academy players feature in the Cardiff UCCE line-up including off-spinner Tegid Phillips and batter Morgan Bevans, whilst keeping wickets will be Will Smale, who has played for Wales age-group teams besides having first-class experience in provincial cricket in Ireland. A number of the students have played for National County teams, including Alex Simpson, the students captain, who has played for Northumberland, middle-order batter Freddie Smith who has played for Oxfordshire and Xavier Clarke – the brother of Nottinghamshire’s Joe Clarke - who has represented Shropshire. Others have experience of Second Eleven cricket including batters Chris Gibson (Notts) and Max Tryfonos (Warwickshire and Somerset) plus bowlers Tim Wyatt (Notts), Daz Ahmed (Gloucestershire and Jan Gray (Kent).
It was Wyatt who shared the new ball with Matthew Lieberman as Joe Cooke and Friend began Glmaorgan’s innings after Kiran Carlson won the toss and opted to bat first. Cooke was the first to find the ropes as he slashed Wyatt through backward point. Friend then cover drove Lieberman for four before Cooke pulled Wyatt to the boards at mid-wicket.
Friend then greeted the introduction of Simpson into the attack by pulling him for four, but next over he nearly skied a catch to Smale, but the wicket-keeper could not quite pouch the ball running back towards fine-leg. However with the total on 40, Ahmed struck with his first delivery as he trapped the opener l.b.w. Callum Taylor opened his account with a crisp glance to fine-leg before on-driving Ahmed to bring up the fifty.
Cooke then pulled Ahmed for four before drilling him through extra-cover and followed next ball by a pull for six. Phillips then entered the attack in the 23rd over and with his seventh delivery he removed Tayolr who feathered a catch down the legside and into Smale’s gloves. 77-2 saw Carlson make his way to the middle as the leg-spin of Gray was also introduced at the Cathedral Road End shortly before lunch with Cooke sweeping him for six into the Pavilion seats.