Marshall ton in vain

Glamorgan bowlers waste little time sealing victory

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Marshall ton in vain

Marshall: Century in losing cause

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LV County Championship - Division Two

Bristol - Day Four

Glamorgan 277 (D L Hemp 87) & 178-1 dec (M J Wood 83 no, D L Hemp 72 no) v Gloucestershire 141-4 dec & 200 (H J H Marshall 105, S D Snell 53)

Glamorgan (17pts) beat Gloucestershire (3pts) by 114 runs

Glamorgan beat Gloucestershire by 114 runs at Bristol despite a century from Hamish Marshall.

Glamorgan added another 71 runs to their overnight score of 107-1, without suffering any further losses, to leave their hosts chasing 315 for victory.

Opener Matthew Wood finished unbeaten on 83 and skipper David Hemp reached 72 not out before declaring at 178-1.

Gloucestershire made a dreadful start to their run chase, losing openers Grant Hodnett (3) and Craig Spearman (4) to Alex Wharf and Jason Gillespie (3-39) respectively and they were 23-3 when Wharf removed Marcus North for a three-ball duck.

Batting at three, Marshall offered stiff resistance but was losing partners at an alarming rate until he was joined by Stephen Snell with the score at 76-5.

The pair put on 114 for the sixth wicket, but the departure of Marshall for 105 from 170 balls put Glamorgan in sight of victory.

Robert Croft (3-39) then dismissed Snell for a painstaking 53 - his maiden first-class half century - and the Gloucestershire tail evaporated, adding only five more runs.

Day Three

Jon Lewis' enterprising third-day declaration has breathed some life into the rain-affected match with Glamorgan at Bristol.

The Gloucestershire skipper called a halt to his side's reply at 141-4, 136 runs behind - with a minimum of 26 overs left in the day.

By the close Glamorgan were on 107-1, with a lead of 243, and there was suddenly the prospect of all results on the final day.

After Lewis had declared, Glamorgan openers Matthew Wood and Gareth Rees had to face token opening spells from Lewis and Steve Kirby before the Gloucestershire skipper brought on his occasional bowlers.

It seemed clear an agreement had been reached between the captains over how many Gloucestershire would chase on the final day.

Rees fell cheaply, but Wood moved easily to his maiden first-class half-century for Glamorgan following his winter move from Yorkshire. It came off 76 balls and contained three fours.

Hemp finished the day unbeaten on 28 to follow his 87 in the first innings.

Day Two

David Hemp's 87 helped Glamorgan to 208-6 on the rain-shortened second day against Gloucestershire at Bristol.

During the 35.3 overs that were possible after a 3.30pm start, the visitors added 152 runs to their overnight position of 56-2.

Hemp shared stands worth 69 with Mike Powell (36) and 84 with Mark Wallace (43) for the third and fifth wickets respectively.

The Glamorgan skipper was eventually sixth out shortly before stumps, caught by Marcus North low to his left at second slip off Anthony Ireland's (1-57) bowling, having faced 151 balls and hit 17 fours.

Day One

Glamorgan reached 56-2 during the 24.3 overs that were possible on the first day of their County Championship match against Gloucestershire at Bristol.

When play got under way 25 minutes late, the visitors opted to bat first in seamer-friendly conditions and soon found themselves 15-2 with both openers back in the pavilion.

Gareth Rees (2) edged behind off Jon Lewis (1-13) and the pacy - but less accurate - Steve Kirby (1-13) followed up by having Matthew Wood (4) caught at third slip by Grant Hodnett.

Third-wicket pair David Hemp (23no) and Mike Powell (23no) repaired the early damage during an unbroken stand of 41 either side of lunch.

The skies darkened appreciably early in the second session and it was no surprise when rain arrived and the players scurried back to the pavilion at 1.53pm.

There was never any prospect of a resumption and the umpires called things off for the day at 3.45pm.

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