County back on top of the championship table

County back on top of the championship table

County back on top of the championship table

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WORCESTERSHIRE moved back to the top of LV= County Championship Division Two after Saeed Ajmal and Charlie Morris demolished Glamorgan to secure a 249-run win at New Road.

Morris made the initial breakthrough with a trio of wickets to take his tally in the championship to 30 for the campaign.

Then Saeed took centre stage with 7-34 in 17.4 overs for his fifth haul of five or more wickets for the County this season as Glamorgan were skittled for 105.

He was backed up by superb catching and has claimed 56 victims this season in just eight matches.

Worcestershire are 12 points clear of second-placed Hampshire and 28 ahead of Surrey in third.

It was a fine all-round display after recovering from 39-3 on the first morning and dominating the rest of the game.

Tom Fell, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Richard Oliver and Moeen Ali excelled with the bat, while all the seamers backed up the spin of Saeed.

Morris struck in his first over of the day when Tom Lancefield (1) was stuck on the crease and edged to Kohler-Cadmore, who pouched a fine, low catch at third slip.

Nightwatchman Andrew Salter and Jacques Rudolph got their heads down against the accurate bowling of Jack Shantry and Morris.

They stayed together for 12 overs before Morris broke through again when Salter, having lasted 51 balls for two runs, fended off a short delivery and was caught by Shantry in the gulley with the total on 12.

Morris collected the prized wicket of Rudolph, who batted well for 80 in the first innings before being run-out.

This time, Oliver took a sharp, low catch at short mid-wicket to dismiss Rudolph (11).

Saeed came into the attack in place of Shantry, who conceded only three runs in his eight-over spell.

His 50th wicket of the campaign came when Ben Wright (10) swept at the Pakistan star and was caught by Moeen at deep square leg.

It became 32-5 when Chris Cooke failed to trouble the scorers before driving Saeed to Shantry at mid-off.

Will Bragg and Jim Allenby saw Glamorgan through to lunch without any further mishap at 46-5 from 30 overs.

The pair extended their stand to 52 in 16 overs but then the innings went into swift decline.

Fell pulled off a stunning catch running to backward square leg after Allenby (35) swept at Saeed.

The 36-year-old polished off the innings in quick-fire fashion with four wickets in seven balls.

Bragg (29) swung across the line and got caught behind, Rory Smith (0) was bowled, skipper Mark Wallace (8) trapped lbw and last-man Michael Hogan (0) also bowled.


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