The Sussex Sharks cricketers romped to a comfortable 10-wicket victory over Glamorgan in a one-sided NatWest T20 blast game at the Swalec Stadium in Cardiff this afternoon (Sunday).
Having chosen to field on winning the toss, the Sharks soon had Glamorgan in trouble with Ollie Robinson accepting a straightforward caught and bowled opportunity off Jacques Rudolph, off the second ball of the opening over. Thereafter, it was something of a procession as Glamorgan struggled to establish themselves on a two-paced wicket.
Colin Ingram was second out – for one, at 2-1 – with Somerset loanee Craig Meschede departing at 10-3, off the bowling of Chris Liddle.
A rush of blood from Ben Wright, in the fifth over, led to his downfall – bowled by Robinson – and though Chris Cooke batted with due care and attention, the damage had been done. Mark Wallace followed shortly after, caught by Craig Cachopa off the bowling of Ashar Zaidi and Glamorgan were 24-5 in the seventh over.
Graham Wagg, who scored a County Championship double hundred in midweek, provided Cooke with decent support and the pair added 35 off as many balls before the former was brilliantly caught on the boundary by Robinson off Zaidi for 18.
Cooke continued to hold up one end, but when he top-edged a pull off the bowling of Liddle in the 17th over, Zaidi took a comfortable catch at long leg. It was a disappointing return from the home batsmen in front of Glamorgan’s biggest crowd of the season.
There was a momentary wag in the Glamorgan tail, with Wayne Parnell hitting four boundaries in a 22-ball innings that finally came to an end, off the fourth ball of the final over.
Glamorgan closed their innings on 115-9. Robinson ended up with the impressive figures of 3-16, while Tymal Mills, Liddle and Ashar Zaidi all picked up two wickets apiece.
Sussex wasted little time in putting Glamorgan to the sword with openers Chris Nash and Luke Wright in prolific form. A modest first over, which yielded just four runs, gave way to a flurry of boundaries with Sussex passing 50 in the fifth over. They progressed at around nine-per-over thereafter and brought up three figures in the 10th over.
Nash passed 50, an over later, off 36 balls and Wright followed suit three balls later. Nash hit six fours and two sixes and Wright, whose half century took 33 balls, struck five fours and one maximum.
Sussex reached their target with 46 balls to spare, with Nash unbeaten on 53 and Wright 57 not out.
Nash said; “We were delighted with the way the boys bowled, straight away. They adapted really well and came up with some plans really quickly. I think we put some pressure on them and getting them five down early on meant we were in a great position.
“The guys were very clear and they knew exactly what they were trying to do. I thought Ashar Zaidi came in and did a great job, and the rest of the bowlers were excellent too.
“Personally, it was great to get some runs too. I love opening the batting with Luke. We have a great record together and if you get off to a good start when you are chasing a target like that, it’s just a case of putting your foot down.”
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