Late wicket leaves game finely poised in Cardiff

Wednesday 28th June 2017
Written by Danny Painter

Jeevan Mendis struck with the final ball of the day to leave Glamorgan 0-1 in their chase of 212, after Derbyshire were earlier bowled out for 160 on Day Three at Cardiff.

A rain-affected afternoon meant play did not start until 6pm and soon Derbyshire were bowled out for 160. Luis Reece hit 55 and Mendis added a quick-fire 27 for the visitors.

With six overs to bat under the floodlights, Jacques Rudolph and Timm van der Gugten blocked out 35 balls for no run, before Mendis had Rudolph lbw off the last delivery before stumps, reducing Glamorgan to 0-1 and leaving the match finely poised.

After a lengthy rain delay, night-watchmen Tom Taylor (3) and Tony Palladino (2) both fell to Marchant de Lange inside three overs of the day’s play.

Billy Godleman played positively to make a quick 27, including four fours, before he was out to a rising delivery from de Lange, caught at point by Andrew Salter.

Wayne Madsen (13) fell before tea, caught at short leg by Aneurin Donald and Alex Hughes (17) soon followed after the interval, caught by Andrew Salter off Graham Wagg.

And when Gary Wilson (4) and Daryn Smit (3) were out in the space of three overs in the night session, the visitors looked to be in a precarious position on 117-7, a lead of 168.

Reece (55), however, continued to bat nicely as wickets fell around him and the regular opener reached a well constructed half-century from 89 balls, including seven fours. He was eighth man out with Derbyshire 126-8.

All-rounder Mendis was able to provide some much needed late runs, hitting 27 off just 15 balls, to help take his side beyond 150 and the lead to over 200. Mendis was last man out as Derbyshire were dismissed for 160, setting the hosts 212 runs to win and six overs to face before the close.

Night-watchman van der Gugten and Rudolph looked to block out the remainder of the day, facing 5.5 overs without scoring a run. But there was drama off the last ball of the day as Mendis, bowling his first over, had Rudolph lbw to leave Glamorgan 0-1 at stumps.

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