Norwich Union League: Hampshire v Glamorgan at Southampton, 12 Aug 2001
Pat Symes

Glamorgan innings: Glamorgan won by 6 wickets ,
Hampshire innings: Innings Break,


Glamorgan comfortably ended Hampshire's sequence of six successive National League victories with a six-wicket win of their own with more than 17 overs to spare.

Hampshire supporters will be wondering why Robin Smith chose to bat first on a wicket which was lively, bouncy and difficult to bat on from the start.

No batsman got on top of some tight and controlled Glamorgan pace bowling in which Andrew Davies was outstanding. His four for 18 from nine overs was a competition-best and he was well supported by Adrian Dale and Owen Parkin, who each took three cheap wickets, and Steve Watkin whose nine overs cost him only 16 even if he was not rewarded for his accuracy with a wicket.

Derek Kenway and Smith himself, normally free-scoring batsmen, hung around without getting on top. Kenway made 22 and Smith's 26 was equalled as his team's top scorer by the same number of extras, made up of six leg byes and 20 wides.

Conditions were a little easier when Glamorgan batted though Alan Mullally, recalled by England for the next Test, had Keith Newell caught at the wicket in his first over and then got rid of Robert Croft in his fifth.

The crucial stand of the day was for the Glamorgan fourth wicket between Jimmy Maher and Matthew Maynard, which yielded a match-winning 61.

They came together at 54 for three when Hampshire were still in the hunt and ended when Maher (36) was caught in the slips at 115 with only six runs needed for victory.

Maynard, who pulled a six off Chris Tremlett, duly hit the winning runs in the 28th over to end a low-scoring affair which failed to grip the imaginations of the 1,000 crowd.

At least Mullally had something to be pleased about. "I reckon I'm bowling as well as at any time in my career," he said of his call to the England cause at Headingley. "I have taken 52 wickets this season including five in an innings against the Australians and even they wondered why England kept ignoring me."


Glamorgan pace bowlers Andrew Davies, Adrian Dale and Owen Parkin took advantage of a lively and difficult wicket to shoot out Hampshire for a meagre 120 in overcast conditions at the Rose Bowl.

Hampshire captain Robin Smith must have wondered why he had chosen to bat first as Hampshire fell away after a promising start.

Only Smith himself who made 26 not out and Derek Kenway who scored 22 stood in Glamorgan's way for long.

Davies took four for 18 and Dale finished with three for 22 as Hampshire struggled to make an impact. Parkin finished off the Hampshire resistance by taking the last two wickets for a final bowling analysis of three for 39.

Davies was the most impressive of the bowlers, getting life out of the batting strip and dismissing Lawrence Prittipaul and Will Kendall with successive deliveries.

Hampshire's humiliation was complete when it was revealed that the total of extras, made up of twenty wides and six leg byes equalled Smith's top score of 26.

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