Timm van der Gugten seals place on top of wicket-takers in setting Glamorgan an easy target

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Glamorgan Beat 258 (Neser 86, Finch 5-74) and 82 for 0 (Byrom 51*, Lloyd 30*) Worchestershire 109 (Roderick 38, Harris 4-18, Neser 4-40) and 227 (Waite 45, van der Gugten 5-48) with 10 wickets

Timm van der Gugten cemented his place as the season’s leading bowler in the LV= Insurance County Championship Division Two with his third five-wicket of the campaign as Glamorgan secured victory against Worcestershire on the third day at Cardiff.

Glamorgan won by 10 wickets after they finished Worcestershire’s second innings within the first hour of day three. Set a target of just 79 to win, Glamorgan was seen home by Eddie Byrom, who top-scored with 51, and David Lloyd.

After Worcestershire’s top order failed for the second time in the match, it was left to the tail to set a challenging target, but only 32 runs were added on the third morning before being bowled out for 227.

This victory gives Glamorgan their first win of the season and 20 points to keep them in the hunt for a promotion place. Worcestershire have now lost two and drawn two since their opening round victory against Derbyshire.

No runs were added to the overnight score as Glamorgan first broke through when Matthew Waite was bowled off an inside edge by Jamie McIlroy. Waite is Worcestershire’s leading run scorer this season and his innings of 45 was his team’s highest score in this match. His wicket left Worcestershire eight wickets and just 45 runs ahead.

Van der Gugten completed his five wicket haul when he let Josh Tongue be caught on point by Byrom. Joe Leach scored 24, an innings that comprised the game’s only six, before being bowled by a ball that remained low from James Harris. When the last wicket fell, Worcestershire were ahead by 78 runs.

The field started out slow and without much bounce and these characteristics only became more apparent as the game progressed. Despite this, the Worcestershire bowlers did not have enough runs to defend.

Lloyd and Byrom took Glamorgan to 34 without a loss at lunch, meaning they needed a further 45 runs after the break to win. The two continued as they had started after the break as they saw their side home with an unbroken score of 82.

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