CricInfo Championship: Surrey v Glamorgan at The Oval, 8-11 Aug 2001
Matthew Appleby

Glamorgan 2nd innings: Day Four: Lunch, Day Four: Tea, Glamorgan won by 3 wickets ,
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GLAMORGAN HOLD NERVE TO WIN RELEGATION DOGFIGHT

Glamorgan beat Surrey by three wickets in a CricInfo Championship Division One relegation nail-biter at The Oval today.

Seemingly coasting at 163-3, chasing 200 for victory, Martin Bicknell (5-48 and 11-117 in the match, the fourth time he has taken 10 wickets in a game) took four wickets in seven balls before 19-year-old Mark Wallace saw the Welshmen home safely after tea.

Surrey had lost their last three wickets for 12-runs in 47-balls in the morning, failing to set the 240 target that Surrey captain Bicknell had been looking for.

Steve Watkin (4-28) and Simon Jones (3-36) returned season's best figures, giving Glamorgan two and-a-half sessions to score 200. At lunch on 62-2 the match was evenly poised, with both Jimmy Maher and Matthew Maynard gone.

However, a 70 ball, first 50 of the season, from opener Ian Thomas and a composed 51 from Mike Powell left Glamorgan just 37-runs from victory when Bicknell began a third spell.

Smarting from the belief that he has "no chance" of an England recall after eight years in the international wilderness, Bicknell found pace and bounce in a four-wicket burst immediately prior to tea. Adrian Dale (15), Robert Croft (a second pair in three games), Powell and Darren Thomas were dismissed in his devastating spell.

Dale and Powell edged seaming deliveries both caught by 'keeper Alec Stewart. Croft was lbw half-forward and Thomas fended a bouncer to Ben Hollioake, who caught a good one in the gully.

But after tea former England U19 'keeper, Wallace, calmly saw his side home to a second CricInfo Championship win of the season.

This leaves them just 12 points behind Surrey in the relegation dogfight.

Meanwhile, Surrey all-rounder Gary Butcher's county future is unclear as he is finding being dropped to accommodate returning Test players "hard to take."



BICKNELL'S BLAST ROCKS GLAMORGAN

At tea on the final day of the CricInfo Championship relegation battle between Surrey and Glamorgan at The Oval, the away team were 167-7 chasing 200 for a second victory of the season.

Glamorgan were coasting until Martin Bicknell returned to take four wickets in seven balls to reduce the Welshmen from 163-3 in the 45th over to 166-7, leaving the game in the balance.

Bicknell recorded the fourth ten-wicket match of his career, removing Adrian Dale, caught behind off a thin edge for 15, Robert Croft, first ball for a pair (his fifth duck in six innings), Mike Powell and Darren Thomas who fended off a short one to gully.

From a lunchtime score, poised at 62-2, with Glamorgan needing 138 from 67 overs. Ian Thomas, a sturdy former Wales minor counties left-hander, hit his highest score of the season. The 22-year-old's 50 came up with a thinly edged 10th four through third slip off the 70th ball he faced.

Thomas, replacement for the injured Steve James, went on to make 59 before showing his weakness against spin and holing out to Saqlain.

Thomas, hit in the groin early on by Bicknell, and Mike Powell (51) had taken Glamorgan towards a win, with a third wicket stand of 49.

Powell was another of Bicknell's victims, falling shortly after bringing up an 87-ball 50.

If Glamorgan do force a win, they will be just 12 points behind Surrey in the relegation dogfight.



RELEGATION DOGFIGHT EVENLY BALANCED

In this CricInfo Championship Division One final day match, Surrey set Glamorgan a target of exactly 200 in the fourth innings on a pacy pitch at The Oval.

The home side added just 12 runs in 47 balls in the morning, but perhaps crucially, Glamorgan's Australian, Jimmy Maher, went early as the pursuit began lbw well forward to a Martin Bicknell delivery that may have been outside the off stump.

Glamorgan were 62-2 with opener Ian Thomas 36* at lunch. The third win of the season seemed to be slipping away from Surrey when Ed Giddins went for three fours as Glamorgan brought up 50-1 in the 14th over. But the unlucky former England right-armer persevered to have Matthew Maynard lbw playing across the line for the second time in the match.

In the fourth over of the morning Surrey captain Martin Bicknell guided Watkin to Maynard at second slip. Bicknell had earlier told CricInfo: "we've plenty of bowlers in the ranks to make a win happen."

One of them, Saqlain Mushtaq, then ducked an Ian Jones bouncer, which caught his 'up periscope' bat on the way through to the 'keeper.

Ian Salisbury skied to Maher in the following over to give Watkin a season's best 4-28, including a morning spell of 2-0 in 23 balls.

Ian Jones also completed a term high of 3-36.

All 10 Surrey dismissals were caught eight to shots they may wish to reflect upon.

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