Author: Dafydd Jones
Glamorgan were forced to settle for a draw after an impressive performance in the County Championship opener against Yorkshire at Headingley.
Matthew Maynard’s side set 379 with 76 overs to play on the final day, but were frustrated by a resistant partnership between Adam Lyth (106*) and Harry Brook (60).
The draw sees Glamorgan pick up 14 points from a tough opening fixture against Group Three’s favourites, while Yorkshire record 11 points.
Despite being put under early pressure in their first innings, timely knocks from Billy Root (43) and Kiran Carlson (55) steadied the ship aa they looked to post a competitive total.
Glamorgan were in a difficult place at 132-7, but a remarkable recovery saw the visitors fight back.
Excellent half-centuries from Dan Douthwaite (57) and Michael Hogan (54), along with a fantastic career-best 85* from Timm van der Gugten saw Glamorgan post a total of 330 from the first innings.
Having contributed with the bat, Hogan also secured early wickets for the visitors, claiming the scalps of Tom Kohler-Cadmore (11) and Tom Loten (0).
The experienced partnership of Adam Lyth and Joe Root steadied the Yorkshire ship to 79-2, before Glamorgan found key dismissals.
Lyth (52) was trapped lbw by an excellent delivery from Douthwaite, who was also found in the field by Root (16) from Callum Taylor’s delivery.
A steady partnership from Harry Brook and Jonathan Tattersall eased the pressure for Yorkshire, until they were dismissed for 40 and 15 respectively.
After securing the key wickets of Yorkshire’s dangermen, Glamorgan were ruthless in dismissing the tail-end, with Matt Fisher (6) and the captain Steven Patterson (3) restricted to single figures.
Despite a disciplined knock of 38* from England bowler Dom Bess, Douthwaite and Taylor secured the final two wickets of Ben Coad and Duanne Olivier, as Yorkshire were bowled out for 193 in reply to Glamorgan’s 330.
Similar to the first innings, Yorkshire applied early pressure on Glamorgan with early wickets.
Opener Nick Selman fell for a duck in the opening over, while Andrew Balbirnie was dismissed for 5.
Yorkshire bowler Coad proved a danger for the hosts, securing the wickets of David Lloyd (16) and Kiran Carlson (0) in quick succession.
Glamorgan recovered once again however, with a magnificent partnership between Billy Root and Chris Cooke putting the Welsh county in a commanding position, before being delayed by snowfall, which ended play on Day Three.
Despite the weather on the previous day, both Root and Cooke weren’t to be denied their centuries, as they 110* and 102* respectively to set Yorkshire a total of 379 on the final day.
Glamorgan’s chances of securing an opening day victory looked promising as van der Gugten and Hogan secured the early wickets of Kohler-Cadmore (4) and Loten (9).
The hosts were put under further pressure when Glamorgan secured the key wicket of Root, who edged Douthwaite’s delivery to Balbirnie at first-slip.
Maynard’s side were left frustrated however, as excellent knocks from Lyth (115*) and Brook (60) secured a draw for Yorkshire.
Despite missing out on victory on the final day, Glamorgan will take massive encouragement from an impressive performance at Headingley.
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