Heavy rain at Kent forces third successive draw for Glamorgan

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Dafydd Jones May 24, 2021

Author: Dafydd Jones

Heavy rain at the Spitfire Ground forced a draw between Glamorgan and Kent in the County Championship.

After both sides agreed to declare to compete for a win on the final day, the umpires made the call to abandon play at 1.45.

Glamorgan were 24-1 in their chase of the set target of 304 to win when rain interrupted the final day.

Matthew Maynard’s side gain 11 points from the draw and remain in third, while Kent record 12 points and sit at the foot of the group.

In Kent’s first innings, openers Ollie Robinson and Jordan Cox put a platform in place with a partnership of 60.

Glamorgan fought back however and took a flurry of wickets, as Robinson (43), Zak Crawley (0), Jack Leaning (2) and Jordan Cox (27) all fell, as Kent were reduced to 78-4.

The Daffs continued to apply pressure on the hosts and took the wickets of Daniel Bell-Drummond (0), Sam Billings (11) and Marcus O’Riordan (0).

When Michael Neser dismissed Nathan Gilchrist to reduce Kent to 128-8, Glamorgan looked to be in a commanding position.

An incredible innings from all-rounder Darren Stevens swung the game in the hosts’ favour however.

The 45-year-old smashed a remarkable 190, before eventually being dismissed by Marnus Labuschagne, as Kent posted a first-innings total of 307 all out.

The weather frustrated both sides as numerous sessions passed without play.

As both sides agreed to declare to compete for a win on the final day, Glamorgan were set 304 in 84 overs to win.

After David Lloyd was dismissed by Matt Quinn for 17, the rain returned, with the game being abandoned.

Glamorgan’s next game is a tough test as they host Lancashire at Sophia Gardens.