Glamorgan Second XI v Yorkshire Second XI (Close)— 11 April 2014
Yorkshire eventually had to settle for a draw in their opening 2nd XI Championship match at the SWALEC. Each team takes 11 points.
Andrew Hodd and Jack Leaning continued their fifth wicket stand on the final morning and extended it to 120 before Hodd had his stumps flattened by an excellent delivery from Will Owen. Hodd made a splendid 60, not the first time his steady and skilful batting has rescued the position or supplied quick runs. Leaning was unbeaten on 80 at the lunch break when the declaration was made. He thoroughly deserved a century.
Special mention must be made for a blistering attack on the bowling by Ryan Gibson. He did not move much from the crease as he smote 32 from 15 deliveries, including three sixes and three fours, all in the general direction of the River Taff.
Yorkshire eventually left their opponents a target of 242 in a minimum of 65 overs, a required run-rate slightly more generous than normal, given the nature of the pitch.
Glamorgan began quietly and had progressed to 67/1 by tea but their real charge began in the final session of the game as Ben Wright led the way with 67 until his innings was ended by a stunning, low caught and bowled by Richardv Pyrah, who finished with match figures of 7/56, two useful contributions with the bat and a leaping one-handed catch in the Glamorgan first innings.
After that, wickets fell regularly as Coad, Fisher Pyrah and Leaning took two each. Josh Shaw also had two but they were catches dropped off his bowling so ultimately he drew a blank.
The game ended at 6.12 pm as the ninth-wicket pair hung on for five overs. They were effectively the final pair as number 11 Glover would not bat, having dislocated a finger on the previous afternoon. However, his colleagues ensured that he was not finally needed.
A day`s play that swung one way and then the other was brought to a premature end when bad light took the players off t 6.11 pm with 11 overs of the day remaining. This was disappointing as the pair at the crease were starting to get going and could, hopefully, have added another 35 to 40 runs before close of play.
At that time, Yorkshire led by 104 runs with six second innings wickets remaining, thanks to an unbroken fifth wicket partnership of 69 between Jack Leaning (42) and Andrew Hodd (37).
They came together when Will Rhodes was bowled without scoring to leave Yorkshire`s target-setting tottering on 34/4. John Glover had done the main damage for Glamorgan with 3/7 in his opening spell to dismiss Callis, Tattersall and Hodgson.
Earlier in the day at the lunch-break, Yorkshire had reduced Glamorgan to 123/6 after a burst of four wickets for just two runs in 16 deliveries. Richard Pyrah had been the main architect of this collapse with two wickets, ably assisted by Ben Coad and Ryan Gibson.
But a superb recovery was fashioned by the Glamorgan tail as they took the score to within a whisker of the Yorkshire total. The home side were eventually dismissed for 210, just one run adrift.
Pyrah finished with 5/29 from 18.2 overs, as parsimonious as it was successful. Ben Coad had 2/42 and a catch dropped and Shaw, Gibson and Leaning each claimed a scalp. Matt Fisher had no luck as he often the beat the bat but the batsmen obstinately refused to get a touch. Andrew Hodd took four good catches to warm up for Taunton.