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Tongue helps Worcestershire lick Glamorgan in Cardiff

Worcestershire won inside three days.

CRICKET 16/04/17 20:46
Tongue helps Worcestershire lick Glamorgan in Cardiff

Young seam bowler Josh Tongue took five wickets on his Worcestershire debut as they wrapped up victory in their first Specsavers County Championship Division Two match of the season.

The visitors to Glamorgan only had to go 10 minutes beyond the scheduled lunch interval on the third day to secure the eight-wicket win as Tongue and John Hastings both claimed five wickets in a match they dominated after deciding to field on Friday.

Having bowled out the home side for 207 in their first innings – with Australian Hastings claiming three wickets on his debut for the county – the visitors replied with 403, including the only century of the match for Tom Kohler-Cadmore, before reducing the home side to 141 for three on the second day.

With Colin Ingram and Aneurin Donald at the crease they set about the task of setting Worcestershire a competitive target but the former was only able to add one run to his overnight 41 before he became the first victim of the day, caught behind by Ben Cox off Joe Leach.

Donald went on to top-score in the home side’s second innings with 57, scored off 65 balls and including nine fours, but by that time the end was in sight for Glamorgan. It was the Tongue and Hastings combination which removed Donald, the latter catching off the former’s bowling.

Tongue finished the second innings with five for 45, including taking two wickets in an over twice and Hastings took two wickets to add to his three from the first Glamorgan innings, completing a fine all-round display which also saw him score a half-century to boost’s Worcestershire’s first-innings total.

By the time Michael Hogan was last man out, caught by Ed Barnard off Jack Shantry, Glamorgan’s second innings total had reached 223.

The visitors were left requiring 28 runs to secure a comfortable victory but they did not have it all their own way as Hogan and Lukas Cary dismissed the openers cheaply.

Daryl Mitchell and Brett D’Oliveira both fell for ducks in the Worcestershire’s first innings but their low scores second time around mattered little as Tom Fell (15no) and Joe Clarke (2no) guided the visitors to their target without further loss.