Marnus Labuschagne secures victory for Glamorgan over Lancashire

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Dafydd Jones June 6, 2021

Author: Dafydd Jones

An unbeaten 63 from Marnus Labuschagne saw Glamorgan over the line for a victory over County Championship Group Three leaders Lancashire.

The Daffs needed 51 to win on Day Three, with Labuschagne and Chris Cooke combining to seal the win.

Matthew Maynard’s side claim 19 points from the contest at Sophia Gardens, which sees them rise to third, level on 99 points with Yorkshire.

Lancashire, despite being handed their first defeat of the season, remain top of the group with 126 points.

As the visitors went into bat first, Glamorgan applied early pressure, as early wickets from Michael Hogan and James Weighell reduced Lancashire to 37-3.

Despite responding well to early dismissals, the Daffs found the breakthrough, as Michael Neser took the key wicket of Josh Bohannon (14), as well as David Lloyd’s dismissal of Liam Livingstone (17) and Hogan’s wicket of Dane Vilas (12).

As Lancashire were reduced to 86-6, wickets continued to fall, as Neser trapped both Luke Wood (28) and Danny Lamb (12) lbw.

The final two wickets were found by Dan Douthwaite, as the all-rounder got in on the act, dismissing Tom Bailey (31) and Saqib Mahmood (4), as Lancashire were bowled all out for 173.

In reply, Glamorgan looked as though they were on course to build a first-innings lead, but suffered a batting collapse.

After being reduced to 74-2, four wickets fell for just 28 runs, with the key dismissal of Labuschagne for 44.

Wickets continued to fall for the Daffs, as the middle order and tail-end couldn’t form strong partnerships.

After Douthwaite (18) was dismissed my Mahmood, Weighell (13), Andrew Salter (0) and Hogan (0) all fell, as Maynard’s side were all out for 150.

Lancashire looked to put themselves in a commanding position in their second innings and looked in a promising position at 72-2, after Keaton Jennings (12) and Luke Wells (26) were dismissed.

However, a flurry of wickets saw Glamorgan fight back, with overseas player Neser playing a pivotal role.

The bowler found the key wicket of Davies (47), before dismissing Bohannon (7) with an excellent delivery.

Glamorgan continued to take wickets, as Douthwaite dismissed Livingstone (14), Wood was run out by Labuschagne and Neser trapped Vilas (12) lbw.

The Daffs were clinical in dismissing Lancashire’s tail-end, capturing the final three wickets to set 188 to win.

A positive start was needed for Maynard’s side in their quest the highest innings total of the match and that’s exactly what his side delivered, as Joe Cooke and David Lloyd posted an opening partnership of 72.

Despite the dismissals of Cooke (38), Lloyd (41) and Billy Root (3), Glamorgan needed 51 on the third day to secure victory.

With Kiran Carlson falling for 16, Labuschagne and captain Cooke patiently steered the Daffs to a crucial victory.