Glamorgan beat Northerns by three wickets after taking wickets on the third and final morning of their three-day friendly against Northerns at Old Hararians CC, as they dismissed the home side for 105 in 27.3 overs, before Chris Cooke(39*) and Eddie Byrom (42) saw the tourists to their target of 158. (writes Andrew Hignell)
Needing 158 to win, Glamorgan again made a positive start, racing to 23 after four overs before David LLoyd was caught behind against Ernest Masuku. Tom Bevan then joined Eddie Byrom and maintained the momentum, adding 46 in 14 overs before Bevan was stumped for 23. The next ten overs saw a wobble as Glamorgan slipped from 69/2 to 94/5 as the off-spin of Wessly Madhevere and the left-arm twirl of Ainsley Ndlovu made further inroads, cheaply removing Sam Northeast and Billy Root, before Byrom was bowled by the seam of Tony Munyonga with 64 runs still needed.
But Chris Cooke drew on all of his experience and oversaw a successful chase, scoring 39 from 74 balls and receiving useful support from Dan Douthwaite and Timm van der Gugten, before Zain-ul-Hassan helped the former Glamorgan captain to steer their side to victory with three wickets still in hand.
As a result of the early finish yesterday because of lightning, play began thirty minutes early this morning in order to make up for lost time with James Harris and Harry Podmore continuing the bowling. Harris claimed the first wicket of the day as, with the total on 37, he bowled Prince Masvaure. Three balls later he re-arranged Joylord Gumbie's stumps as Northern's lost their third wicket on 40, and with an overall lead of 92.
Timm van der Gugten and Jamie McIlroy then had a spell in tandem during which the Dutchman had Wessly Madhevere caught by Andrew Salter, as well as clean bowling Tony Munyonga. McIlroy also removed Timycen Maruma who was caught by Billy Root, before van der Gugten gained his third victim as he trapped Tafadzwa Tsiga l.b.w. McIlroy got in on the act shortly afterwards as the umpire upheld an appeal for l.b.w. against William Mashinge leaving Northerns on 79-8 and a slender lead of just 131 runs.
Tadiwanashe Marumani then used the long handle as Dan Douthwaite and Prem Sisodiya entered the attack, but with the total on 101, Douthwaite bowled Marumani before two runs later Sisodiya had Faraz Akram l.b.w. as Northerns ended on 105, leaving Glamorgan with a target of 158.