Glamorgan hold nerve to beat Middlesex in YB40
GLAMORGAN held their nerve for a second time in two days as they claimed a crucial 11-run Yorkshire Bank 40 win over Middlesex last night.
Having snuck past Somerset by one wicket on Monday, the Welsh county resisted a late revival from Middlesex to triumph in a rain-affected match at the Swalec Stadium.
Glamorgan are now level with Somerset at the top of Group C, though they have a game in hand on the Taunton outfit.
Matthew Mott’s men face another pivotal top-of-the-table clash on Sunday when they visit Gloucestershire, who are third but also have 13 points like Glamorgan and Somerset.
The Welsh county will be buoyed by their victory over Middlesex, who had started the game in third place.
Having been put into bat after the match was reduced to 25 overs each side, Glamorgan posted a total of 153-9.
Gareth Rees top-scored with 32, before Ben Wright (26) and Graham Wagg (20 not out) gave the innings impetus late on.
The hosts’ seamers then bowled brilliantly, with Jim Allenby (2-23), Michael Hogan (1-26) and Simon Jones (2-17) reducing Middlesex to 32-5.
The visitors rallied with a 59-run stand for the next wicket, but three wickets from Dean Cosker and one for Wagg secured the win for Glamorgan.
Only the three group winners are guaranteed a place in the YB40 semi-finals, with the fourth going to the leading runners-up.