Author: Dafydd Jones
Glamorgan fell to County Championship defeat against Sussex, as bowler Ollie Robinson starred for Ian Salisbury’s side.
Robinson took a career best 9-78 in the second innings, as well as 4-50 in the first.
On the final day, Glamorgan set Sussex 154 to win in 51 overs, with Aaron Thomason and Tom Clark batting the visitors to victory in Cardiff.
The win takes Sussex to top spot in the County Championship group with 38 points, while Glamorgan six in sixth with 18.
Matthew Maynard’s side were put under early pressure in their first innings, as opener Nick Selman was caught lbw for a duck by Robinson.
Further wickets fell as Andrew Balbirnie (4) and Billy Root (1) fell to Robinson and Henry Crocombe respectively.
Much like in the County Championship opening draw against Yorkshire, some impressive individual batting performances relieved the pressure on the Daffs.
Opener David Lloyd contributed with a superb 84 before being dismissed by Crocombe, while Kiran Carlson scored a quite brilliant 127*.
After the dismissal of Lloyd, the middle order of captain Chris Cooke and Callum Taylor were both dismissed by Robinson, before a timely knock of 36 from Dan Douthwaite steadied the ship for the hosts.
Timm van der Gugten, who scored a superb century against Yorkshire, managed five runs before being removed by Jack Carson, who also claimed the final wickets of James Weighell and Michael Hogan, as Glamorgan posted a first innings total of 285 all out.
In reply, Sussex’s openers put a strong platform in place for the visitors to build a healthy lead, as Aaron Thomason (67) and Tom Haines (87) both threatened to hit centuries, before being dismissed by Hogan.
Much like the Glamorgan innings, the visitors had some impressive individual knocks, with Stiaan van Zyl top scoring with 113.
The middle order of Tom Clark (19), captain Ben Brown (0) and Delray Rawlins (2) were dismissed by Douthwaite and Taylor respectively, as Glamorgan fought back.
However, a strong partnership between George Garton (97) and Robinson (67) turned the game back in Sussex’s favour.
As the visitors’ tail-end of Carson (0) and Meaker (0) were both dismissed by Lloyd, Sussex posted a first innings lead of 196 runs.
In Glamorgan’s second innings, openers Selman (11) and Lloyd (19) both threatened to establish themselves at the crease, before being dismissed by Robinson.
Overseas player Balbirnie improved on his first innings score with a knock of 29, while key player Root’s wicket was taken by Crocombe for four runs.
Much like in the first innings, batsman Carlson starred for Glamorgan, as he hit his second century of the match, ending on a score of 132.
Despite the dismissal of captain Cooke for 12, Carlson was backed up well by a fantastic 84 by Taylor and a knock of 26 from Douthwaite.
Robinson’s bowling was pinpoint however, as he raced through the wickets of Glamorgan’s tail end, with Weighell, van der Gugten and Hogan all failing to score.
As the bowler took a quite brilliant career best of 9-78, Sussex were set 154 to win on the final day.
Despite taking the wickets of Haines (6) and van Zyl (12), it was too much of an ask for the Daffs to mount an unlikely comeback on the final day.
Patient knocks of 78* and 54* from Thomason and Clark respectively saw Sussex over the line, as they claimed victory in Cardiff.
(Featured Image: Glamorgan Cricket Club)