CricInfo Championship: Glamorgan v Lancashire at Colwyn Bay, 1-4 Aug 2001
Richard Thomas

Lancashire 1st innings: Day Three: Tea,
Glamorgan 2nd innings: Day Three: Stumps, Day Four: Lunch,
Lancashire 2nd innings: Day Four: Tea, Match Drawn,
Live Reports from previous days


GLAMORGAN AND LANCASHIRE FORCED TO ACCEPT DRAW AS RAIN SPOILS THRILLER

Glamorgan's enthralling CricInfo Championship clash with Lancashire at Colwyn Bay was eventually abandoned as a draw with eight overs of the final day left.

After the Welsh county had set 298 to win off what turned out to be 49 overs Lancashire were teetering on 225-7 when heavy rain forced the players the field at 5.30.

Both teams had wanted a win to ease their relegation worries but Glamorgan and Lancashire had to settle for 12 and 11 points respectively.

Glamorgan made immediate inroads into Lancashire's second innings when Simon Jones bowled Ryan Driver in the fourth over.

And that was followed by the wicket of John Crawley who was bowled giving the slow left-armer the charge to leave Lancashire 23-2 in the 10th over.

But then Mark Chilton and Andrew Flintoff set up what looked like a victory charge, putting on 111 in 18 overs. Flintoff registered his first championship 50 of the season in just 44 balls with one six and 10 fours.

Glamorgan started to look a little worried in the field as the third wicket pair dismantled their attack until Simon Jones returned to bowl Flintoff.

After that as Lancashire continued the pursuit for victory they lost wickets at regular intervals as the skies in north Wales darkened.

Chilton miscued Adrian Dale to backward point and Keith Newell took catches off consecutive balls on the boundary to dismiss both Joe Scuderi and Warren Hegg to end Lancashire's victory bid.

Earlier Glamorgan recovered in their second innings to set Lancashire the testing target.

But when rain forced an early lunch to be taken Glamorgan were still favourites for defeat at 148-7 - a lead of 225 - after resuming their second innings on 86-5 this morning.

An 85-run partnership after the interval from Keith Newell and Darren Thomas however enabled Glamorgan captain Adrian Dale to declare on 220-7.



DEFIANT GLAMORGAN EARN SLIM VICTORY CHANCE

In a match of fluctuating fortunes Glamorgan regained the initiative on the final day of their CricInfo Championship clash with Lancashire at Colwyn Bay.

Glamorgan recovered in their second innings to set Lancashire a target of 298 in a minimum of 44 overs.

When rain forced an early lunch to be taken Glamorgan were still favourites for defeat at 148-7 a lead of 225 after resuming their second innings on 86-5 this morning.

But an 85-run partnership after the interval from Keith Newell and Darren Thomas enable Glamorgan captain Adrian Dale to declare on 220-7 and set Lancashire a target.

Glamorgan immediately made inroads into Lancashire's second innings when Simon Jones bowled Ryan Driver in the fourth over.

That was followed by the wicket of John Crawley who was bowled giving the slow left-armer the charge to leave Lancashire 23-2 in the 10th over.

Lancashire's best chance of victory seemed to be Andrew Flintoff who was unbeaten on 24 in 25 balls at tea with one six and four fours with the visitors 73-2.

In the final session Lancashire required 225 off a minimum of 25 overs.



RAIN HOLDS-UP LANCASHIRE'S VICTORY CHARGE

Rain interrupted Lancashire's charge for victory on the final day of their CricInfo Championship Division One clash with Glamorgan at Colwyn Bay.

Having turned the game on its head last night by reducing Glamorgan's second innings to 59-4 and then 85-6 Lancashire had become favourites to win the contest even thought they had declared their first innings 77 in arrears.

Glamorgan resumed this morning on 86-5 an overall lead of 163 but lost two more wickets within the first hour when Dean Cosker and Mark Wallace were both trapped lbw.

Glamorgan's main chance of extending the lead beyond Lancashire's reach was Keith Newell and Darren Thomas, who had added 13 before torrential rain hit the north Wales coast.

The heavy downpour that forced the players from the pitch at 12.15 persuaded the umpires George Sharp and Mike Harris to take an early lunch



LANCASHIRE'S POSITIVE INTENTIONS EARN CHANCE OF WIN AGAINST GLAMORGAN

A three-wicket burst from Lancashire's Gary Keedy turned their CricInfo Championship match on its head by the end of an abbreviated third day at Colwyn Bay.

The left-arm spinner took three key Glamorgan wickets in the space of 17 balls to wrestle the initiative away from the Welsh county.

At the beginning of the third day Lancashire had needed another 71 runs to avoid the follow-on but by the end they had put themselves in a winning position.

Glamorgan eventually closed the day on 86-5 a lead of 163 - but after 20 overs they had been reduced to 59-4 with Jimmy Maher caught behind off Glen Chapple and Ian Thomas, Mike Powell and Adrian Dale all perished to Keedy.

And in the penultimate over of the day Matthew Maynard, who had looked relatively comfortable went lbw to Chris Schofield to leave Glamorgan 85-5

At the start of the day Neil Fairbrother had continued his assault on the Glamorgan attack to help comfortably save the follow-on.

Lancashire resumed their first innings on 259-7, replying to Glamorgan's 479 all out, still needing another 71 to stop Dale asking them to bat again.

Batting with a runner because of an injured calf muscle Fairbrother and Glen Chapple took the attack to Glamorgan and knocked off the necessary runs within 19 overs after the start of play was delayed until 2pm because of rain.

The eighth wicket pair added 104 in 27 overs before Neil Fairbrother was caught at the third attempt by Dean Cosker at backward point in Dale's first over of the day.

Chapple, who had twice hit Cosker out of the ground, eyed a century but eventually perished when he holed out at long off for 64.

When Lancashire had reached maximum batting points skipper John Crawley enterprisingly declared his side's first innings on 402 - 77 behind Glamorgan - in a bid to force a positive result.



FAIRBROTHER AND CHAPPLE ENABLE LANCS TO DECLARE

Neil Fairbrother continued his assault on the Glamorgan attack as Lancashire saved the follow-on on the rain-affected third day of their CricInfo Championship encounter.

Lancashire resumed their first innings on 259-7, replying to Glamorgan's 479 all out, still needing another 71 to stop Adrian Dale making them bat again.

Batting with a runner because of an injured hamstring Fairbrother and Glen Chapple took the attack to Glamorgan and knocked off the necessary runs within 19 overs after the start of play was delayed until 2pm because of rain.

The eighth wicket pair added 104 in 27 overs before Neil Fairbrother was caught at the third attempt by Dean Cosker at backward point in Dale's first over of the day.

Chapple, who had twice hit Cosker out of the ground, eyed a century but eventually perished when he holed out at long off for 64.

When Lancashire had reached maximum batting points skipper John Crawley declared his side's first innings on 402 77 behind Glamorgan in a bid to force a positive result.

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