Glamorgan beat Gloucestershire to go top

glamorgan beat gloucestershire to go top - Glamorgan beat Gloucestershire to go top
Marnus Labuschagne made his Test debut for the Australian national team in October 2018 against Pakistan
Specsavers County Championship Division Two, The Bristol County Ground, Bristol (day four):
Gloucestershire 313: Dent 105, Hammond 61; Hogan 3-51, Wagg 3-59 & 161: Hogan 4-22
Glamorgan 287: Selman 73, Labuschagne 65; Shaw 3-61, Higgins 3-63, Payne 3-90 & 188-6: Labuschagne 82; Shaw 3-41
Glamorgan (21 pts) beat Gloucestershire (6 pts) by four wickets

Australian Test batsman Marnus Labuschagne hit 82 to steer Glamorgan to a four-wicket victory over Gloucestershire.

Their third Championship win of the season takes them top of the table, one point ahead of Lancashire who have a game in hand.

Labuschagne made light of a potentially tricky target of 188 in 49 overs.

Gloucestershire were bundled out for 161 in their second innings, Michael Hogan claiming 4-22 in 18 overs.

The home side fell away badly, losing their last five wickets for 16, with 33 apiece from James Bracey and Benny Howell representing their top scores.

Labuschagne took his run tally for the season to 851 as he again emphasised his claim for a place in the Ashes series with a well-judged innings, sharing stands of 62 with Charlie Hemphrey (15) and 79 with Billy Root (31) to take the pressure off the chase as conditions eased.

Graham Wagg hit the winning run with 6.5 overs to spare, as Gloucestershire suffered their first defeat of the campaign after a win and five draws.

Meanwhile club captain Chris Cooke, who has been sidelined by ankle ligament damage, will play club and second eleven cricket before returning to the first team squad against Middlesex on July 13.

Glamorgan batsman Marnus Labuschagne told BBC Sport Wales:

“We’ve got to put it down to the bowlers, they were exquisite coming back after the first session (of the match). We said we would have a chance (on the final day) if we could keep the scoring down and they didn’t play with much intent, so again a great effort from the bowlers.

“I wanted to be positive and get out in front of the game, so you can then pace yourself through the middle part of the innings and respect it if they’re bowling well. Some of the bowlers are really crafty with swing, so you’ve got to try to put a bit of pressure back on the bowlers and it came off.

“Everyone here has been unbelievable and it’s such a great culture we’ve created. Personal achievements are great, but if I do get there (to a thousand first-class runs), the team might be in a good position.

“Everyone wants to play in the Ashes, as a cricketer it’s a childhood dream, but my job is to keep putting runs on the board and trying to help win games, that’s the key so if I can keep doing that, maybe there’s a chance (of a Test place) later in the summer.”

Gloucestershire coach Richard Dawson told BBC Radio Bristol:

“We were in a great position at the start of day two (at 168-1) and we didn’t take advantage, we didn’t bat, bowl or field on day two as well as we have been doing and allowed them to get back into the game.

“Then there were tough conditions under lights and they bowled very well to put us under pressure. We didn’t turn up thinking it was going to be an easy (final) day’s batting, there was no complacency but they bowled again.

“We’ve done some good stuff, but the lads are disappointed and frustrated to get beaten in the last hour after working so hard.”

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