21 Jun 2022 | Cricket

It was a night of records at Sophia Gardens as a scintillating display of controlled hitting by David Lloyd (67) and Sam Northeast (89) saw Glamorgan race to a crushing eight-wicket victory with 34 balls against Middlesex in their Vitality Blast encounter. (writes Andrew Hignell)

In 48 minutes of high-octane batting both batters compiled 23 ball fifties  - a feat, as the list below shows, has only been bettered by three batters in the Club’s history:

18 balls by Brendon McCullum v Worcestershire at Sophia Gardens, 2006

18 balls by James Franklin v Warwickshire at Edgbaston, 2006

21 balls by Colin Ingram v Essex  at Sophia Gardens, 2018

23 balls by CA Ingram v Essexat Chelmsford, 2017

The pair continued to trade four after four as they went on to share a Club record opening stand of 150 in T20 cricket. Their efforts beat the previous best for the first wicket – 136 by Jacques Rudolph and Jim Allenby against the same opponents at Richmond in 2014 – as well as the best for any wicket, surpassing the 141 by Jacques Rudolph and Colin Ingram against Surrey at The Oval in 2015.

The list below shows the other stands in excess of 120 which Glamorgan batters have amassed in T20 cricket.

141 by CA Ingram and JA Rudolph for the 2nd wicket v Surrey at The Oval, 2015

136 by JA Rudolph and J Allenby for the 1st wicket v Middlesex at Richmond, 2014

130 by JA Rudolph and CA Ingram for the 3rd wicket v Sussex at Arundel, 2017

129* by MTG Elliott and RDB Croft for 1st wicket v Gloucestershire at Sophia Gardens, 2005

125 by DL Lloyd and MA Wallace for the 1st wicket v Middlesex at Richmond, 2016

121*by JA Rudolph and CA Ingram for the 2nd wicket v Leicestershire at Sophia Gardens, 2017

120 by NJ Selman and DL Lloyd for the 1st wicket v Worcestershire at Worcester, 2020

Their total of 84-0 in the opening six overs was a also a Club record in the powerplays in T20 cricket, and all in front of a record crowd of 3,200 schoolchildren and college students from across Wales who saw the pair strike 22 fours and 5 sixes in the 86 balls of the Glamorgan innings on a memorable evening , and gave the children, some of whom had travelled from Powys, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire plenty to talk about on their long journey back home.