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Croft bowls Dragons to victory

Robert Croft claimed miserly figures of three for 12 as Glamorgan Dragons beat Somerset Sabres by 14 runs at Cardiff to claim their first Twenty20 Cup win of the campaign.

Set 171 to win, Somerset looked well set as Justin Langer and Marcus Trescothick put on 68 in 35 balls but spinners Croft and Dean Cosker ripped through the middle order. Former Australia opener Langer went on to make 62 from 43 balls but he was out with his side needing 22 to win from the final over.

Glamorgan were put in to bat and Herschelle Gibbs - in his first knock in county cricket - top-scored for the Welshmen with 43 in 35 balls in a total of 170 for five.

The home side were given a fine platform by veteran openers Croft and skipper David Hemp, who have a combined age of 75.

The pair put on 51 in 31 balls.

Hemp was first to go, flat batting Mark Turner straight down the throat of mid-on. Croft went the same way as Glamorgan were reduced to 60 for two in the eighth over, before Gibbs and Michael Powell added 50 in seven overs.

Powell was caught in the deep looking to plant Ian Blackwell over the rope and Jamie Dalrymple fell to Wes Durston attempting a similar shot.

In the same over Gibbs holed out to the mid-wicket boundary, well caught by Peter Trego, who went close to falling over the rope.

At that stage Glamorgan's innings hit something of a slump until it was re-energised by Mark Wallace with 28 not out off 14 balls including three consecutive reverse sweeps for four.

Like Glamorgan, Somerset were given a good start by their openers. Langer and Marcus Trescothick, who both his sixes in the opening four overs, put on 68 for the first wicket in quick time.

The introduction of the Glamorgan spinners changed the complexion of the innings as Somerset lost three wickets in the space of seven balls. Trescothick was well caught by Gibbs at short mid-wicket off Cosker and then Croft dismissed Hildreth and Ian Blackwell in the space of three balls.

Somerset's last hope was Langer but he was bowled in the 18th over by Ryan Watkins.

Needing 22 from the last six balls, Ben Phillips and Durston could only manage seven.

source - sportinglife.com
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