Author: Dafydd Jones
Glamorgan put in a fantastic display, as they claimed a 10-wicket victory over Kent inside two days at Sophia Gardens.
On the final day, Kent were bowled out for 74 in a superb bowling performance from the Daffs, as David Lloyd and Joe Cooke batted the hosts to victory.
The victory sees Glamorgan remain fifth in the County Championship group, but close the gap between them and Northants.
In the first innings, Kent opening batsmen Daniel Bell-Drummond and Jordan Cox put a platform in place with a partnership of 54.
However, after Timm van der Gugten found the breakthrough, wickets began to fall, as Cox (30) and Joe Denly (0) were both dismissed by David Lloyd.
Glamorgan’s bowling attack continued to apply pressure, taking the valuable wickets of Jack Leaning (2), Heino Kuhn (8) and Zak Crawley (33), as the visitors slumped to 120-6.
In an excellent performance from the hosts’ bowlers, wickets continued to fall, with Darren Stephens (5), Ollie Robinson (17) and Frederick Klaassen (5) all dismissed, before van der Gugten secured the final wicket of Matthew Milnes.
As Kent were dismissed for 138 all out, David Lloyd ended the first innings with career-best figures of 4-11.
In reply, Glamorgan were put under early pressure, as opener Joe Cooke and the returning Marnus Labuschagne fell early, reducing the Daffs to 33-2.
The hosts recovered well with a strong partnership from Lloyd and Billy Root, as Glamorgan reached three figures.
However, a flurry of wickets saw Kent get back into the contest, as Lloyd (62), Root (37) and captain Chris Cooke (0) were all dismissed within two overs, reducing the Daffs to 124-5.
Wickets continued to fall, as in-form Kiran Carlson (15) and Callum Taylor (7) were both dismissed by Stevens and Milnes respectively.
Glamorgan’s tail-end contributed with useful knocks, with James Harris’ 18*, along with van der Gugten’s 10, Lukas Carey’s 14 and Michael Hogan’s 1 saw the hosts up to 197 all out, a lead of 59.
Similar to the first innings, the Daffs’ bowling attack applied pressure on the visitors and took crucial wickets.
The experienced Hogan took the opening wickets of Bell-Drummond (13), Cox (6) and Crawley (1), as Kent were reduced to 30-3.
The dismissals continued, with Denly (10), Robinson (8) and Leaning (8) all falling to Lloyd and Hogan respectively.
Kent’s batsmen couldn’t form any partnerships or find any rhythm at the crease, as Stevens (0) and top scorer Kuhn (14) were dismissed.
The final wickets of Milnes (12) and Cummins (0) were secured by loanee Harris, with Kent all out for 74.
In a simple run chase, Lloyd hit 19* to secure a remarkable victory for Glamorgan within two days.
Matthew Maynard’s side’s next fixture is a trip to Old Trafford to face Lancashire, starting on Thursday.