GLAMORGAN coach Robert Croft said after Glamorgan’s second successive defeat ‘that we have got to work our way out of this position’ and they will have that opportunity this weekend when they play Leicestershire – who have also lost their two opening games- at Grace Road .
After batting first in the games at Northampton and Cardiff, Glamorgan’s batsmen failed to combat swing and seam, although captain Jacques Rudolph admitted he should have bowled first at Wantage Road, and” he got it wrong” after electing to bat in cold, cloudy conditions.
With last season’s leading run scorer Will Bragg still absent with a sore back, there is little competition at the top of the order, where the openers Rudolph and Nick Selman are averaging only 15 from four innings. They did however put on 74 in the second innings at Cardiff, and they should benefit from what is usually a good batting pitch at Grace Road. Only David Lloyd – promoted to No. 3 in Bragg’s absence, and Aneurin Donald, have passed fifty, and there is a need for greater consistency from the batsmen.
Glamorgan have also included five seamers in the first two games, but with a favourable weather forecast for the four days, and less moisture in the pitch, they could replace one of the quicker bowlers with a spinner-Andrew Salter is an option-, which would also strengthen the batting.
Leicestershire have also under performed in their opening games, losing by ten wickets to Notts, and by an innings against Gloucestershire. Disciplinary measures were also taken against the club, which resulted in their experienced seamer Charlie Shreck suspended for the first two games, and captain Mark Cosgrove for this game against his former county. Meanwhile, former opener Angus Robson has left the club by mutual consent and is set to join Sussex.
Meanwhile, they will be hoping that their South African batsman Colin Ackerman will be fit to play after breaking his thumb against Gloucestershire. He failed to resume his first innings and was unable to take any further part in the game.
Rudolph has said “the senior players need to stand up after the poor start to the season” and a win is imperative at Grace Road. It will also erase the memories of the final game of last season, when Glamorgan were cruising to victory before losing their last six wickets for just ten runs in 26 balls.
Glamorgan squad: J.Rudolph ,N.Selman, D.Lloyd, C.Ingram, A.Donald, C.Cooke, K.Carlson, H.Podmore ,M.De Lange, M.Hogan, L.Carey, A. Salter.
Blacks go marching on
New Dock Stars • 10
Burry Port • 21
BURRY PORT travelled to local rivals New Dock Stars last Saturday (Oct 7) and booked their place into the next round of the WRU Bowl.
It was the home side who got off to the better start keeping the ball for long periods and putting the Burry Port try line under some pressure but just couldn’t get over the white wash.
Burry Port looked dangerous when in possession and with strong running centre Knox opening the scoring with a fine run Burry Port got into their game and took control of the first half.
Knox soon crossed for his second and was quickly followed by another try this time by Flanker Rich Parker all converted by Ceiron Thomas to make the score 21-0 at half time.
The Blacks had more opportunities to increase the lead but a combination of good defence and a couple of mistakes at the last moment denied the away team.
New Dock put plenty of good work in themselves and were really effective at keeping the ball with forwards working hard off 9 and after a long phase of play were awarded a penalty on the Burry Port 22 which was kicked by Jason Baxter to make the score 21-3.
The rest of the half saw New Dock trying to get back in the game but Burry Port controlled territory and wouldn’t let the home team anytime in the attacking half.
The final score went to New Dock after a promising Burry Port attack and a chance of another try the ball was intercepted by the New Dock winger Kieron James who raced in for a try under the posts, converted by Baxter to make the final score 21-10.
The two teams will meet again on Saturday (Oct 14) in the league when Burry Port will be the hosts and can expect another tough game.
Nant hold off Quins
Pembroke Dock Quins • 12
Nantgaredig • 28
NANTGAREDIG withstood a second half fight back from a spirited Pembroke Dock Quins side to book their place in the third round of the WRU Bowl last Saturday (Oct 7).
The high flying Division 3B side won the game 28-12 but the Quins dominated the second half and were unlucky not to score more points.
The visitors could not have got off to a better start when Outside Half Dafydd Lewis slotted over a penalty after just two minutes, and on 10 minutes Scrum Half George Gleeson slipped over for a try which was converted by Dafydd Lewis.
With a 0-10 advantage for the visitors it looked like it was going to be a tough afternoon for the Quins.
On the Half Hour the Quins were dealt a hammer blow when Right Wing Gethin Davies touched down for a Unconverted Try wide out to put his side 15 points to the good.
The Quins though, responded magnificently, with one of the best tries they have scored this Season.
After some fine ball retention Outside Half Lewis Davies powered through a gap in a stretched defence to score half way out, he converted himself to put the Quins back in the hunt.
With five minutes of the half remaining the Quins laid siege to the visitors’ line, but unfortunately for the Quins they could not crack the visitors defence.
The Quins had it all to play for as the second Half started but with just five minutes of the half gone Dafydd Lewis punished a Quins indiscretion to put his side into a 7-18 lead.
From here on in it was all Quins as they seemed to be encamped in the visitors 22, but no matter what they tried it just did not seem their day.
Just on the hour mark an interception try by Dafydd Lewis was a cruel blow to the Quins after all the effort they had put in, he failed to convert his own try from wide out.
The Quins were soon back inside the visitors 22, with replacement Hywel Baker showing a never say die attitude after coming off his sick bed, but the Quins could not force a score, with some outstanding defence by the visitors coming to the fore.
Nantgaredig grabbed a fourth try when a chip over the top bounced straight into Dafydd Lewis’ hands and the Outside Half did the rest for an unconverted try.
The Quins had the last say when replacement Prop Martin Culley powered over from close range for an unconverted try.
Cefneithin beat All Blacks
Neyland • 3
Cefneithin • 25
CEFNEITHIN knocked out opposition from Pembrokeshire for a second time as they beat Neyland 25-3 to make it through to the third round of the WRU Bowl last Saturday (Oct 7).
The Carmarthenshire side knocked out Milford in the first round and put in another good display to beat Neyland.
They started this game well and went ahead with a try from Nathan Harbright and a second try from Dion Thomas gave them a 10-0 lead.
James Gronow and Jonathan Morgan also claimed tries while Richard Watts added one conversion and one penalty.
All Neyland had to show for their efforts was a solitary penalty from Mark Riley but it could have been a much different score line had the home side taken some of their chances.
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