Glamorgan take on Worcestershire in crunch match for promotion

1 Sep 2023 | Cricket

Head Coach Matt Maynard has named a 12-player squad to travel to Worcestershire for the LV= County Championship clash.

Captain David Lloyd misses out having sustained a cracked rib while on loan at Derbyshire in the Metro Bank One-Day Cup. Kiran Carlson deputises for Lloyd as captain as he did earlier this season when Lloyd was nursing a hamstring injury.

Maynard has named 19-year-old Ben Kellaway in his squad after the youngster impressed for the Welsh county during the One-Day Cup campaign. Kellaway scored 195 runs @ 32.50 and took 13 wickets @ 22.92 in the 50-over competition and could now make his first-class debut at New Road.

It's a crunch match in the battle for promotion this week with Worcestershire sat in 2nd place and Glamorgan occupying 3rd spot, just 14 points behind the Pears.

Despite winning just once in the Championship this season, the Welsh county remain undefeated, having impressed with big scores in the competition of late. Glamorgan have notched up more than 400 runs in three of their last four Championship innings.

Last time out, Glamorgan drew at Derbyshire having declared on 521/8 in the first innings. It was a spirited effort on day three from the bowlers as Derbyshire were dismissed for 318. However, after enforcing the follow-on, Derbyshire's opening pair of Harry Came and Luis Reece remained unbeaten throughout and racked up a 360-run partnership.

Worcestershire defeated Gloucestershire in their most recent Championship match, winning by 110 runs at Cheltenham College.

View from the Camp - Sam Northeast

"We built some good rhythm in the one-day competition as a batting unit. I think we can take that going forward - runs is runs and it gives us a bit of confidence.

"I think a few of our guys can take something from the Northants match in Cardiff and move onto Worcester to make a real big push in the Championship and push for promotion.

"We're going to have to think of ways to win, for sure. I'll hopefully go out and score some runs and contribute to Glamorgan winning these last three games."

Head-to-head - Worcestershire vs Glamorgan

Glamorgan won a thrilling game last year at Worcester as they successfully chased a target of 332 after Colin Ingram had laid the foundations for victory by patiently compiling a century during a four and a quarter hour stay at the crease until being trapped l.b.w. by a ball from Barnard which kept wickedly low. He received stoic support from Billy Root who the following day took centre-stage and manoeuvred Glamorgan to victory after the home side had taken the new ball at the start of play with the visitors still needing 100 runs. With the left-hander adopting a positive approach, he saw his side to victory shortly before lunch on the following besides ending unbeaten on 99.

Their previous visit to the ground in 2019 saw the Welsh county beaten by 155 runs, after Daryl Mitchell, the home team’s vastly experienced opening batter, had completed a chanceless century to leave Glamorgan needing 312 to win. They were dismissed however inside just 39 overs after Nick Selman edged the second ball to slip, before Kraigg Brathwaite was run-out. Things went from bad to worse as David Lloyd was bowled via pad and boot, before Billy Root skewed a ball to backward point which struck Ed Barnard, only for the fielder to clutch onto the rebound. With their tails up, the home bowlers continued to take wickets at regular intervals, with the end to the game coming as the Cathedral bells were striking 5pm.

How to follow

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