Glamorgan Look For Statement Win As They Head To Durham

Glamorgan will switch from white ball back to red ball cricket on Sunday when they resume their County Championship Division Two campaign away at Durham.

It will be a tough task for the Welsh county as Durham are the current runaway leaders at the top of the table with four victories from their six matches so far.

Glamorgan have also started the four-day season well and are in fourth place, whilst they can also take confidence from their impressive recent form in the Vitality T20 Blast.

When the sides met in this fixture last season, Matthew Potts showed his talent and enhanced his England credentials when he took career-best figures with the ball to inspire Durham to a dramatic 58-run victory.

Potts took 7-40 when Glamorgan batted for the second time, to tilt the contest in favour of the North East county and he finished with match figures of 11 for 101.

Glamorgan were eventually all out for 137, but that kind of last day collapse looks unlikely this time if Glamorgan’s most recent County Championship form is any guide.

They scored a massive 737 in their second innings against Sussex at Hove, to record their record second innings score in any match.

Skipper Kiran Carlson top scored with 192 and there were also centuries for Marnus Labuschagne (138) and his fellow Australian Michael Neser (123).

That was Labuschagne’s and Neser’s last innings of the season for Glamorgan before they linked up with the Aussies for the Ashes Test series, which starts against England at Edgbaston next week.

Their departure leaves big holes in Glamorgan’s resources, since although it was inevitable that  Labuschagne would be joining up for Test cricket this summer, Glamorgan coach Matthew Maynard had not planned on also losing Neser.

The Welsh county did recruit Aussie spinner Peter Hatzoglou for their T20 Blast campaign, but Hatzoglou would be a gamble against Durham as he has no experience in first class cricket.

Director of Cricket Mark Wallace said: “Neser has got some Australia commitments so we’re not going to have him.

“We’ve moved on a short-term contract to bring in Hatzoglou to give us some more bowling depth.

“Peter’s got a good record around the world, mostly in the Big Bash, but in a few other franchise competitions as well.”

Glamorgan took their quest for promotion to Division One to the final day of the County Championship season in 2022 and a win at Durham would be a statement victory for this campaign.