CricInfo Championship: Glamorgan v Essex at Cardiff, 15-18 Aug 2001
Richard Thomas of the South Wales Evening Post
CricInfo.com

Essex 2nd innings: Stumps - Day 3,
Essex 1st innings: Day One: Lunch, Day One: Tea, Day One: Stumps, Lunch - Day 2,
Glamorgan 1st innings: Tea - Day 2, Stumps - Day 2, Tea - Day 3,


MAHER PUTS GLAMORGAN IN STRONG POSITION

Jimmy Maher plundered a career-best 217 as Glamorgan put themselves in a strong position going into the last day of their CricInfo Championship Division One Clash with Essex at Sophia Gardens.

Thanks to the Queenslander, Mike Powell and a 98-run partnership down the order between Darren Thomas and Andrew Davies, Glamorgan were able to declare their first innings on 546-8 - a lead of 219.

By the close Essex openers Darren Robinson and Paul Grayson had survived 19 overs to leave Essex in their second innings on 64-0, 155 behind.

On 102 overnight, Maher took the attack to the Essex bowling to score 94 in the opening session of the third day.

And shortly after lunch the Australian went past 200 and his previous best score of 208 not out for Queensland against South Australia three years ago before he was dismissed by youngster Justin Bishop, ending a five-hour vigil that included 324 balls with 32 fours.

Maher and Mike Powell resumed the Glamorgan innings on 188-2 - 139 behind Essex - but proceeded to knock off the deficit in just 32 overs. By lunch the partnership was worth 240 in 74 overs.

Maher added 284 in 74 overs for the third wicket with Powell, who went on to score his second century of the season off 222 balls.

By tea Glamorgan had reached 474-6 - an overall lead of 147. But Thomas, who passed 500 first-class runs for the summer, and Davies took Glamorgan to the 500 mark.



MAHER PUTS GLAMORGAN IN STRONG POSITION

Jimmy Maher plundered a career-best 217 as Glamorgan put themselves in a strong position in their CricInfo Championship Division One Clash with Essex at Sophia Gardens.

On 102 overnight Maher took the attack to the Essex bowling, scoring 94 in the opening session of the third day.

And shortly after lunch the Australian went past 200 and his previous best score of 208 not out for Queensland against South Australia three years ago before he was dismissed by youngster Justin Bishop ending a five-hour vigil that included 324 balls with 32 fours.

Maher and Mike Powell resumed the Glamorgan innings on 188-2 - 139 behind Essex - but proceeded to knock off the deficit in just 32 overs. By lunch the partnership was worth 240 in 74 overs.

Maher added 284 in 74 overs for the third wicket with Powell, who went on to score his second century of the season off 222 balls.

By tea Glamorgan had reached 474-6 Ė an overall lead of 147.



MAHER BOOSTS GLAMORGAN'S CAUSE

Jimmy Maher scored his third century of the summer to put Glamorgan right back into their CricInfo Championship Division One clash with Essex at Sophia Gardens.

The Queenslander reached his 100 off 157 balls with 14 fours as he guided the home county to 188-2 at the close of the second day - 139 behind Essexís first innings of 327 all out.

Glamorgan created a good platform to their reply, with Maher and Ian Thomas putting on 63 for the first wicket before Thomas was caught at second slip off Mark Ilott.

Matthew Maynard looked in good form until he edged Justin Bishop behind to leave Glamorgan 94-2.

But Maher continued Glamorganís charge with Mike Powell, who got into his stride after a quiet start and the third-wicket pair doubled the score before the close. Essex had few answers to Glamorganís batting, using seven bowlers in the first 51 overs.

Earlier Steve Watkin recorded season-best figures of 6-67 to take the last three Essex wickets.

But it took the second new ball for Watkin to dislodge Essex's tail after they resumed on 242-7 75 minutes later than scheduled because of early morning rain.

The mainstay of Essex's late order batting was Ashley Cowan who scored his first half-century of the season.

Cowan was eventually out, bowled by Watkin, ending an innings that lasted 108 balls with eight fours, ending an 86-run partnership for the eighth wicket with Mark Ilott in 35 overs.

Watkin continued his mopping up operation to dismiss both Ilott and Justin Bishop in consecutive overs.



WATKIN PRODUCES SEASON-BEST FIGURES

Steve Watkin recorded season-best figures of 6-67 as Glamorgan bowled out Essex in their first innings for 337 on the second day of the CricInfo Championship Division One clash at Sophia Gardens.

But it took the second new ball for Watkin to dislodge Essexís last three wickets after they resumed on 242-7 75 minutes later than scheduled because of early morning rain.

The mainstay of Essexís late order batting was Ashley Cowan who scored his first half-century of the season.

Cowan was eventually dismissed by Watkin, ending an innings that lasted 108 balls with eight fours, ending an 86-run partnership for the eighth wicket with Mark Ilott in 35 overs.

Watkin continued his mopping up operation to dismiss both Ilott and Justin Bishop in consecutive overs.

Glamorganís reply was going along impressively until the 18th over when Ilott had Ian Thomas caught at second slip by Stuart Law. The home side reached tea at 83-1.



ESSEX CONTINUE RECOVERY

Ashley Cowan scored his first half-century of the CricInfo Championship season as Essex continued their batting recovery on the second day against Glamorgan at Sophia Gardens.

After 20 overs and 75 minutes had been lost this morning because of heavy showers to go with the 20.1 overs that went begging bcause of bad light last night, Essex resumed their first innings on 242-7 after being 55-4 within an hour of the start of the match yesterday.

It took Essex just three deliveries to register their second batting point as Glamorgan continued to struggle to get the breakthrough.

And in the tenth over of the day Cowan, who was 30 not out overnight, registered his 50 which came from 79 balls with six fours.

Essex reached lunch after an hourís play this morning at 295-7 with Cowan on 57 and Mark Ilott 11 in an eighth-wicket partnership that had realised 71.



ESSEX INDEBTED TO LAW AND FOSTER

Thanks to Stuart Law and James Foster Essex ended an abbreviated first day of their CricInfo Championship clash against Glamorgan at Sophia Gardens in much better sorts than they had started it.

Glamorgan's seam battery had reduced Essex to 55-4 inside 22 overs despite Ronnie Irani winning the toss but by the close with 20.1 overs lost to bad light the bottom-placed side in Division One had recovered to 242-7.

Law and Foster set about the repairs putting on 119 in 36 overs before the Queenslander perished to a slower ball from Darren Thomas nine short of what would have been his fifth first-class century of the season.

Although Foster lost Law and subsequently Graham Napier, the Essex wicketkeeper carried on his rearguard action despite being dropped on 18, as Essex reached 212-6 at tea. But he perished six overs after the interval to leave Essex 224-7.

Steve Watkin did the early damage on a pitch that looked a little damp before the start.

Watkin struck with the third ball of the match finding the inside edge of Darren Robinson's bat, which had helped the Essex opener to centuries in both innings against Leicestershire.

From 0-1 Essex soon found themselves 16-2 10 overs later as Watkin struck again to have Stephen Peters caught behind.

Andrew Davies earned Glamorgan an early bowling point when his fourth ball bowled Paul Grayson and a poor morning for the bottom-placed side was completed when Darren Thomas got a ball to rise off a length which Ronnie Irani gloved to third slip.



FOSTER AND LAW REBUILD FOR ESSEX

Stuart Law and James Foster launched an Essex comeback on the first day of the CricInfo Championship clash with Glamorgan at Sophia Gardens.

Glamorgan's seam battery had reduced Essex to 55-4 inside 22 overs despite Ronnie Irani winning the toss.

But Law and Foster set about the repairs putting on 119 in 36 overs before the Queenslander perished to a slower ball from Darren Thomas nine short of what would have been his fifth first-class century of the season.

Despite losing Law and subsequently Graham Napier, Foster carried on his rearguard action having being dropped on 18, as Essex reached 212-6 at tea.

Steve Watkin did the early damage on a pitch that looked a little damp before the start.

Watkin struck with the third ball of the match finding the inside edge of Darren Robinson's bat which had helped the Essex opener to centuries in both innings against Leicestershire.

From 0-1 Essex soon found themselves 16-2 10 overs later as Watkin struck again to have Stephen Peters caught behind.

Andrew Davies earned Glamorgan an early bowling point when his fourth ball bowled Paul Grayson and a poor morning for the bottom-placed side was completed when Darren Thomas got a ball to rise off a length which Ronnie Irani gloved to third slip.



LAW DEFIANT FOR WEAK ESSEX

It was Glamorgan's morning in the their CricInfo Championship clash with fellow relegation candidates Essex at Sophia Gardens.

The home county's seam battery reduced Essex 55-4 inside 22 overs despite Ronnie Irani winning the toss.

Steve Watkin did the early damage on a pitch that looked a little damp before the start.

Watkin struck with the third ball of the match finding the inside edge of Darren Robinson's bat which had helped the Essex opener to centuries in both innings against Leicestershire.

From 0-1 Essex soon found themselves 16-2 10 overs later as Watkin struck again to have Stephen Peters caught behind.

Andrew Davies earned Glamorgan an early bowling point when his fourth ball bowled Paul Grayson and a poor morning for the bottom-placed side was completed when Darren Thomas got a ball to rise off a length which Ronnie Irani gloved to third slip.

Much then depended on Stuart Law, who guided Essex to lunch at 103-4.

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